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    System Idle Process?

    Hey all. I'm having an issue that I can't seem to find a solution for around the interwebs.

    The "system idle process" constantly takes up 93-99% of my current CPU activity. The results are extremely annoying- program lag, wi-fi inconsistency, dangerously high cpu/external temperatures, etc. The side of my laptop actually gets painfully hot after a few hours in photoshop.

    Also, sometimes when I check the system properties, my Core2 Duo list awkward processor speeds- 2.2ghz and 750mhz. Maybe that's related, I dunno.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    I'm not computer guy but isn't "System idle process" actually that percent of CPU activity that's not working? (If it takes up 99% then basicly your processor is barely active)

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Idle_Process

    "When nothing else is using CPU processing power, the System Idle Process kicks in, taking up all the rest of the CPU cycles."

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    Yeah, that is how it is supposed to work.

    My problem is, system idle process always thinks that nothing is going on. Even if I'm running photoshop with a 500mb file, system idle process checks most of my processor power into its reserves and leaves me with a fraction of my processor for things that require heavy processor loads.

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    Try setting up a defrag and disk check while you sleep. This doesn't solve every problem, but I may be able to help you. If it's really bad, and I used to to do this often when I didn't keep my system clean, save the things you really need and format your disk.

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    I ran disk defrag and all the standard windows utilities. That usually fixes little issues for me, but unfortunately didn't help out here.

    I've been considering the whole format option and, after I finish my portfolio, I may just do that. This PC was technically not meant to have XP on it (hard drives set to SATA natively via motherboard), so maybe that is part of the issue.

    Any way. Thanks for your response!

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    Sata drives would still fall back to emulating ide interface. Problems with system processes can appear through bugs in drivers. Drivers can be found in drivers for hardware but also in lowlevel software like antivirs, firewalls, rootkits, copyprotection on games, drm.
    Depending on how you use your pc, format c could be faster but you could run into the same situation again without knowing what to do and forced to reformat again. So I personally would deinstall driver-using software and devices to see which one conficts with the setup.

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    I don't know if the system idle processes thing is the problem.
    If your computer is running slowly it's most often due to a shitty service loaded in memory (at least for me). You can go into the commandline ("run" in the start menu) and type "msconfig" that's show a list of all services and what gets loaded into memory at startup. There's usually allot of bad software bundled with instals of programs that runs on startup, it's best to only keep the bare essentials.

    I use these two little apps to prevent all that junk from running:
    http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
    http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml
    (I don't know if these work on Vista)

    The problem could be something else entirely, but since I keep track of the entire processes and service thing my computer runs noticably better.
    From the sounds of it tough, it could be due to bad cooling which is causing high temps and thus instability.

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    Pretty comprehensive list of startup processes.

    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm

    Edit: if you haven't already, run Spybot and an updated AV program, just in case.

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

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