major CPU usage, any ideas?

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  1. ccrooks

    ccrooks New Member

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    Ok, so here's the deal
    My cpu is going all haywire and computer is reacting really slow. When I play anything with windows media player, the cpu usage shoots up to like 90%, then fluctuates between 100% and about 70% until i shut wmp down... Same thing happens with outlook and ie sometimes. When I try to open up anything with ie while wmp is playing, it makes the mp3s or movies hiccup and studder. I have windows XP professional and a 1.15 (ish) GHz processor, 256 MB RAM and 30 GB hard drive. Could this all be because I have a slow hd? any suggestions would be appreciated
    Thanks! :x:
     
  2. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    You need more ram. More processor wouldn't hurt, either.

    For free solutions, you should try the the following suggestions in the order they're listed:

    1) Empty your Internet Explorer Cache (Open IE, Tools Menu -> Internet Options -> General -> Click the "Delete Files" button, click okay/yes)
    2) Empty your temp folder (My Computer -> Local Disk C: -> Documents and Settings -> YourUserName -> Local Settings -> Temp -> Select All and Delete, you'll have to delete around any files currently being used by XP)
    3) Defrag your Harddrive (My Computer -> Right-click on Local Disk C: -> Left-Click properties -> Tools tab -> Defragment Now -> Defragment)

    That should speed things up a bit. Once you do this, we can get into editing the registry and reduce the programs that are getting started on start-up, however that's a bit more complicated.
     
  3. drewski_amk

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    run a full virus scan
     
  4. ccrooks

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    Well, all that's done, and my comp doesn't say that i need to defrag... but i'll do that tonight anyways
    256 MB RAM and 1.15 GHz AMD processor aren't sufficient?
    do you think it would help if i got a new HD and moved all my music files and the such over to that? or just re-installed windows and all components (ie, outlook, wmp, etc.) onto the faster hard drive and just used the slower one to store files?
     

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