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    CPU Usage Spiking


    System is as follows:
    Windows XP Proffessional
    1 200GB Seagate SATA Hard Drive (Operating System on this)
    1 200GB IDE Hard Drive
    1 GB Ram
    Asus AV8-ESE Motherboard
    AMD Athalon 3500+

    I am having problems with a large spike in the CPU usuage making the mouse 'sticky' and short freezes in operating programs. Using windows task manager there are no proccesses which show up as causing this. It also occurs if the system is doing nothing, ie no programs running, I can just be moving the mouse and it will spike. It is a very frustrating problem so any help people can give would be greatly appreciated.
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    silly question...


    have you tried to scan your pc for adware/spyware?

    have you run any virus scanning? do you run any active software like virus scanners that could spike at any time?

    my suggestion is to run hijackthis and post the log...

    another thought?

    are these spikes completely random? do they happen when you do something specific or can they be timed like a clock?

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    Not so stupid.


    Ok, not so stupid as I have already done all those things.

    Have run ad-aware plus and spybot search and destroy and full virus system scan with up to date definitions.

    The spikes are totally random. Might not happen for an hour and then three will occur in the space of 30 seconds. I don't have to be doing anything. Can sit here just moving the mouse around on the screen, no programs open and it will spike causing the mouse to momentarily freeze and a 100% usage shown in the task manager.

    Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
    Scan saved at 12:24:52 AM, on 12/08/2006
    Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

    Running processes:
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
    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\Explorer.EXE
    C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
    C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
    C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
    C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
    C:\Program Files\VIA\RAID\raid_tool.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
    C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\VM_STI.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe
    C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\KEM.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\PCSuite\Services\ServiceLayer.exe
    C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\KHALMNPR.EXE
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
    C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BlueSoleil.exe
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    C:\Program Files\Hijack this\HijackThis.exe

    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
    O2 - BHO: PDFCreator Toolbar Helper - {C451C08A-EC37-45DF-AAAD-18B51AB5E837} - C:\Program Files\PDFCreator Toolbar\v3.0.0.0\PDFCreator_Toolbar.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: PDFCreator Toolbar - {31CF9EBE-5755-4A1D-AC25-2834D952D9B4} - C:\Program Files\PDFCreator Toolbar\v3.0.0.0\PDFCreator_Toolbar.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RaidTool] C:\Program Files\VIA\RAID\raid_tool.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG7_CC] C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe /STARTUP
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Sunkist2k] C:\Program Files\Multimedia Card Reader\shwicon2k.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [BigDogPath] C:\WINDOWS\VM_STI.EXE AlphaCam
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCSuiteTrayApplication] C:\PROGRA~1\Nokia\NOKIAP~1\LAUNCH~1.EXE -startup
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Super System Helper] C:\Program Files\igoodsoft\Super System Helper\SystemTool /1
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MsnMsgr] "C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.Exe" /background
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BgMonitor_{79662E04-7C6C-4d9f-84C7-88D8A56B10AA}] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Ahead\lib\NMBgMonitor.exe"
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PcSync] C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia PC Suite 6\PcSync2.exe /NoDialog
    O4 - Global Startup: Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk = C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: BlueSoleil.lnk = ?
    O4 - Global Startup: Logitech SetPoint.lnk = C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\KEM.exe
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
    O12 - Plugin for .pdf: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\nppdf32.dll
    O16 - DPF: {11260943-421B-11D0-8EAC-0000C07D88CF} (iPIX ActiveX Control) - http://www.ipix.com/download/ipixx.cab
    O18 - Protocol: livecall - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - C:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\MSGRAP~1.DLL
    O18 - Protocol: msnim - {828030A1-22C1-4009-854F-8E305202313F} - C:\PROGRA~1\MSNMES~1\MSGRAP~1.DLL
    O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
    O23 - Service: AVG7 Alert Manager Server (Avg7Alrt) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
    O23 - Service: AVG7 Update Service (Avg7UpdSvc) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
    O23 - Service: AVG E-mail Scanner (AVGEMS) - GRISOFT, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
    O23 - Service: BlueSoleil Hid Service - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exe
    O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
    O23 - Service: NVIDIA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
    O23 - Service: Cyberlink RichVideo Service(CRVS) (RichVideo) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
    O23 - Service: ServiceLayer - Nokia. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\PCSuite\Services\ServiceLayer.exe
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    Thanks for the comment of the "silly question" doesn't seem so silly now does it?
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    i meant silly as in, silly me asking because you already have tried it, but ill ask anyway just to make sure.....


    and in answer, i have no idea...

    the only other time ive seen this happen was when a CPU was about to die (and it did in a spactacular way but thats by the by)

    id say its a hardware problem... with what i dont know.

    sorry i cant help more than that, everything looks to be ok.

    EDIT --> does it happen in safe mode? <--TIDE
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    Check PSU,also current to computer for power flux.
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    Thanks for the help


    Yea I am worried it is hardware. Have run in most basic mode with no start up programs just basic stuff needed and is still occuring. Is only like 6 months old as well, so still in warranty might take it in and get it checked.
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    How?


    Originally Posted by cymartindale
    Check PSU,also current to computer for power flux.
    How do I do that? And what exactly is that doing? Thanks.
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    For the best info go to DEV Hardware see above, this is a sister to this site for the Hardware geeks, alot of stickies for your problem, hope this helps and they are frendly like here.

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