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Old 10-06-2008, 06:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Asus Essentio - CPU problem?

You never really told us what CPU you have... Site just says:
Intel Core2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium Dual-Core/Pentium 4

(I find it odd that the Pentium D was placed ahead of the Pentium Dual Core.)

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Old 10-07-2008, 05:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help guys but I've sorted it out now. It was much harder than I thought it would be but I'll post my solution here just in case someone else has the same problem.

I'd read that I could program for finding rogue processes is Process Explorer. It's like Task Manager but on steroids and allows you to view processes that Task Manager won't show you.

I booted Process Explorer up and immediately saw that a process name Hardware Interrupts was using around 60% of my CPU power at any given time. I googled Hardware Interrupts and a few sites informed me that this process usually indicates bad drivers or hardware problems.

Learning this I went to device manager and systematically disabled each device and after doing so went back to Process Explorer to see whether Hardware Interrupts process was still hogging the CPU. I got down to Network Adapters and disabled my on-board wireless network adapter which I never use and will never need.

As soon as this device was disabled the Hardware Interrupts process shot back down to 0-2% CPU utilization and my computer is running beautifully.

Thanks for all the help regardless, it was very much appreciated!

- Nik

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