Yes, I'll reward you paypal if you do solve my problems with laptop. Not a large sum, but some $. On to the problem. As you can see in the first picture all I was doing is using was 3 IE's and trillan. This problem does occur with only 2 IE windows as well however, and always seems to idle odd. Odd meaning it jumps around and rarely is low, usually around 20-65%, avg of 35?. The screenshot below was taken during this problem (tho it still occurs). It was at 100% for a good minute, then finally dropped where you can see, then went back to 100%.....all while I was doing nothing but watching it!! The laptop is a Celeron 2.8 toshiba, 512 ram. I know it's not high end and a celeron, but it should work just fine with a few IE windows and word or something, shouldn't it? There was a fresh installation of XP install w/ service pack 1(installed from the toshiba cd w/ all the drivers and crap [aol and what not]). I upgraded to SP2 and checked for viruses - nothing. I have no clue what should be running and what shouldn't be running, but I stopped some processes that I thought didn't need to be running, and some still might be running. I want only what is need to run running, obviously. It's a laptop and needs the wifi running, and the touchpad, thats about it that I cant think of besides the usual. Here's the processes that were running when this was happening. (it does still happen often, but just talking about this occurance since I have pics). Please help, free reward if you can, and I'm serious.