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100% cpu usage problem

  1. Mar 18, 2005 #1
    Hey... i noticed that my cpu usage is constantly at 100% thus increasing my CPU temperatures.. do u guys know what the problem could be? i've got some some toshiba junk installed that came along with my laptop but i dont think thats whats causing the problem.. Fyi, my OS is Windows Xp Home

    Hijackthis log :

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 11:39:57 AM, on 3/18/2005
    Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

    Running processes:
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    C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\gearsec.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\Iomega\System32\AppServices.exe
    C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TME3\Tmesbs32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\00THotkey.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\navapw32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\ezSP_Px.exe
    C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Controls\TFncKy.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\TDispVol.exe
    C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TME3\TMESBS32.EXE
    C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchED\TouchED.Exe
    C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
    C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
    C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\CPad\cPadFstR.Exe
    C:\Program Files\Efficient Networks\SpeedStream DSL\SPDSTRM.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
    C:\Program Files\SpeedFan\speedfan.exe
    C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\DC++\DCPlusPlus.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Documents and Settings\Jai\Desktop\Downloaded Internet Files\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe

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    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
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    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [TFncKy] TFncKy.exe /Type 03
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    thanks
     
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  3. Mar 18, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Processors are suppose to run at 100%. Are you simply assuming the temperature is going up or do you have sensor programs verifying this. The whole idea of a fast CPU is to get operations done as fast as possible so once instructions are given to it, it will immediately use as much of its processing power (basically 100%) to get the operation done as quick as possible.
     
  4. Mar 18, 2005 #3

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    Pengwuino,

    Incorrect. A laptop's processor is intended to run slowly during periods of inactivity, in order to save battery life. When running at full-speed, a processor uses more power, and drains the battery more quickly. Most users don't need their processor running full-blast all the time.

    jai6638,

    Are you suggesting that your fan is always on, even when the processor is not being fully utilized? Does the Task Manager not show any processes that are nailing the CPU? If the CPU utilization is 100%, you should see one or more processes on the list using up all of it.

    What is the "SpeedFan" process? I personally use a program called SpeedSwitch XP to control my processor's speed, and it works quite well. Perhaps SpeedFan is a similar product, and it's misconfigured.

    - Warren
     
  5. Mar 18, 2005 #4
    I realized that a process called "spoolsv.exe" is using my cpu!! a quick google search indicated it is related to printers and that it can be used as a backdoor.. not sure if I should delete it? what do u think ? after having closed it, it starts again after a few min and cpu usage again shoots up..

    Speedfan is like Speedswitch XP. I use to detect my cpu temps..

    thanks much for your help guys.. appreciate it :)
     
  6. Mar 18, 2005 #5

    PerennialII

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    Deleting the file will likely cause problems with windows ... I'd investigate whether it's infected using an antivirus app and other than that see that there isn't something weird going on with the spooler, like a huge chunk of print jobs lurking somewhere...
     
  7. Mar 18, 2005 #6

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    Indeed, make sure the spooler is not desperately trying to print something on a printer that doesn't exist. Open the printer up under the control panel and kill any waiting jobs. It would not hurt to run an anti-spyware program like AdAware or SpyBot just to make sure you have no malware.

    - Warren
     
  8. Mar 18, 2005 #7

    russ_watters

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    That would be my guess. I have the same problem occasionally on my network.
    Trouble-is, once *supposedly* spooled, the job will no longer show up in the print manager. Rebooting both the compuer printed from and the networked computer printed to and cycling the power on the printer generally fixes this.
     
  9. Mar 18, 2005 #8

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    Oh its a laptop... that still doesnt make sense. It would run 100% on a laptop or a desktop because it wants to get the operation done as soon as possible. It just goes to 0% once hte operation is done.
     
  10. Mar 18, 2005 #9

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    You're thinking about the wrong number. You're thinking about the utilization of the CPU, which is the number displayed in the Windows Task Manager. When that number is 100%, it means the CPU is not idling at all -- it's running one useful instruction after another, with no waiting in between.

    We're talking about the processor speed, i.e. how fast it runs each instruction. The processor in a laptop can be run at a number of different speeds. When the user is just doing email or some other computationally-inexpensive stuff, there's no reason to run every instruction as fast as possible, since there aren't many instructions to be run anyway. The processor is set at to its low speed setting. It'll take a bit longer to run each instruction, but it'll use a lot less power. Since the user's not putting much demand on the processor, she'll never even notice.

    In other words, laptop processors can run at, e.g. 1.5 GHz or 3 GHz. You don't need a 3 GHz processor if all you're doing is emailing; 1.5 GHz is plenty fast enough, and uses less power. On the other hand, when you're playing a very computationally-intensive game, the system realizes you're overwhelming the processor at its lower speed, and bumps it up to its full speed, 3 GHz.

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  11. Mar 18, 2005 #10

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    Well i thought the question was why was utilization at 100%. But at 1.5ghz, wouldnt it be using 50% of the power then a 3.0ghz, thus canceling its low-power requirement with a longer-processing time?
     
  12. Mar 18, 2005 #11

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    Pengwuino,

    If the processor is in a low-speed state, but its utilization is 100% for an extended period of time, it will increase its speed.

    A 3.0 GHz processor only half-utilized will show 50% utilization on the Task Manager. A 1.5 GHz processor performing the same number of total operations per second will show 100% on the Task Manager.

    - Warren
     
  13. Mar 18, 2005 #12

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    Yah but whats the power usage comparison
     
  14. Mar 18, 2005 #13

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    The CPU uses more power when running at full-speed, even if it's doing nothing but idling.

    - Warren
     
  15. Mar 19, 2005 #14
    I'll try that... I'm currently on vacation but back home, i was having problems with my printer so i had a lot of print tasks queued.. However, I am pretty sure that i deleted all of them from my print queue... dunno how they could get "spooled"....

    used spybot and adaware but it didn't help..

    Thanks much..
     
  16. Mar 19, 2005 #15

    Pengwuino

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    But if its idling... its not doing anything... so how is it using power :D
     
  17. Mar 19, 2005 #16

    chroot

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    Is this a serious question? Do you need a serious answer, or are you just kidding me?

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  18. Mar 23, 2005 #17
    so any ideas as to what i could do to fix the problem as the spoolsv.exe process starts again every time i restart my computer?

    I ran adaware,spybot, norton antivirus 2005 but it didnt help.. i checked to make sure that there were no printer jobs in queue...
     
  19. Mar 24, 2005 #18

    russ_watters

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    Try deleting and reinstalling your printer drivers.
     
  20. Mar 24, 2005 #19

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    Footnote to above. Reboot before reinstalling printer drivers
     
  21. Mar 25, 2005 #20
    first of all, delete nortan antivirus lol that is the worst program ive ever seen in my life - but heres my suggestion

    you say your using xp - so press ctrl alt dlt then click the username column so that your username is all you see - then system after it, look through the programs that are loaded up under your username and delete them - also just a brief note, some important ones that load up under your username are explorer(not IE, this is your shell), rundll32(though this can be taken out, usualy not a problem causer)

    now also get a program from codestuff, called starter - it displays everything that loads up with your computer, and take stuff off that isnt associated with the c://windows folder (unless you know what it is and use it) also just a sort of extra files named packager, back-to-web, download-to-home, ebatesmoemoneymaker0, and files similiarly named are usualy adware, that most programs checking for adware dont recognise

    also get a registry mechanic - most good ones cost money, but often offer a trial - download.com is a good place - also i use a program called registry mechanic of which i have...fixed, which is a beautiful program that will solve any sort of virus and such sorts of problems

    also just to wonder, how come your laptop has a printer installed on it, do you just hook it up to your one at home? and also is that printer of which is installed in it new?

    ||||||

    also just to reinforce and introduce new statements about processors -

    no matter the computer, unless being overclocked(not encouraged in my opinion), the cpu will run at 0 (usualy its at about 3-7% just to keep explorer, or any screensaver running) then when you start up a program, especialy on xp, it will assign a certain amount of cpu power to that program based on its priority level, usualy set at medium, of course its a semi differint story if you have hyper threading
     
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