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Ben Kickbusch Apr 15, 2004, 08:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys I have this really bizzare problem i hope someone can help me with.

I recently bought a new P4P800 motherboard, pentium 4 3.0ghz and 1 gig of RAM and have noticed in windows xp there is now a 50% cpu usage when idle and the CPU temperature goes over 50C. Ive installed the latest chipset, the latest bios but still no help. Ive even tried re-formatting the hard drive and re-installing windows xp but the issue still exists.
All games are running slower and windows it taking a longer time to start up.

OK heres the weird part. When i move the entire computer case up on a slight angle to the left the cpu usage goes straight to 0%!! As soon as I let go of the case the usage goes back to 50%. Ive tested the harddrive, cd roms and power supply by moving them in different directions but this didnt help. I bought a new CPU fan and thermal paste but still no go.It only fixes when i move the whole case together as one.

Anyone have any ideas besides perminately sticking a book under the pc??? Its driving me crazy!




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Chuckle's :D Apr 15, 2004, 08:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 15, 2004, 08:48am EDT

 
>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
Does your gig of RAM up as 1.00 Gig of Ram or 1024 Megabytes?I bought a gig of RAM Upgrade and I got a GIG,but I am curious if it's actually 1024 Megabytes or straight up 1,000 Megabytes or RAM. :( Also,when I looked at my system info,it said I had a 3.00 Ghz Pentuim 4,but I was told by the Salesman when I asked for a 2.8Ghz,that Dell was around the corner to doing away with the Pentuim 4 2.8Ghz as the slowest standard processor,so he got me a 3.06Ghz for the price of a 2.8ghz! :D Do I acutally have a 3.06 ghz processor or is it 3Ghz? Of course I shouldn't complain,I got a better processor for the price of the processor I wanted. :D As for my games being ran Slower,On Warcraft 3 thats a good thing,but on Dark Ages of Camelot:Trials of Atlantis I need as much systems resources as I can muster.

ROY G Apr 15, 2004, 09:13am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
Clean your heatsink and chip with alcohol good then use thermal paste,and reset your heatsink tight .This should do it.

Gray Mole Apr 15, 2004, 12:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
hmmm...

50 cpu usage is pretty high at idle...

sure sounds like virus problems but could also be spyware...

make sure of what's running...cntrl alt del and look at what processes are running...if you see something with a high idle cpu demand look it up on the net and see if any red flags come up...

if spyware looks an issue get spybot search and destroy...it's what i use...

i'm not sure of the angle making the usage go down but if you've got a loose pci card or something weird like that maybe it'd be worth checking all by removing and refitting ALL cards and memory and such and ALL power leads...just in case...

Gray


I change my hardware so often I can hardly keep track anymore...

Currently X2 4800, 1 gig Redline, X850, Dfi Mobo, etc. which may or may not be current at time of posting...

I do Phase :D
Ben Kickbusch Apr 15, 2004, 08:05pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
It's not a virus or spyware since the problem happened after i reformated the harddrive and re-installed windows. I did not connect to the internet for any virus to install.
I'm guessing its either problems with the motherboard or the cpu not properly aligned or too much thermal grease on the cpu. I'll pull the pc apart today and see what I can find...

Chuckle's :D Apr 16, 2004, 01:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
Come to think of it,I have a Pentuim 4, 3.06ghz,1 Gig of RAM,80 Gig hard Drive,Windows XP Pro, a 17x DVD Drive (52x CD ROM?) and I am using a 256 meg Radeon 9800 XT and I am playing called Sacred which has the NVidia Logo all over it and it takes forever to load,but it runs pretty good and the graphics look ok,but it could be I am being punished for not getting a GeForce FX 5950. :(

Chuckle's :D Apr 16, 2004, 01:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
I counted it and it came to about a 30 second load time,never had a game load that slow since I was using a 486. :(

Kash Apr 16, 2004, 02:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
Chuckles,
You say you are using 1gig of RAM. As we all know, or at least think, more is better, just like bigger is better. When it comes to RAM, that's not only true. Yes, WinXP will notice, utilize and enjoy all 1gigs you have. But, alas, will only defrag 512mb of it at one time. So, here's something to try. If it's two sticks, take one out and try that. Or if you really can't part with it, whether it be because you're in love with 1gig or because it's 1 stick, get a RAM defrager, like WinRAM Turbo. It's a great utility. You can set it so that it defrags when the Memory limit (you'll know what I'm talking about if you use it) gets to a certain low. But like I said, try using one stick and going from there. Oh, and disable all that MSN Messenger/Yahoo Messenger BS. Oh, and turn off your Firewall and Virus Protection, but ONLY if you're not connected to the internet. And I repeat, ONLY if you're not connected to the internet. And if you do disable/remove-from-systray your AV/FW, then PLEASE enable them before connecting to internet. Good luck!

Sincerely,
Lord Coldfire

Sincerely,
Kash

AMD AM2 3600+ Brisbane (65nm), DFI Infinity UltraII-M2, 1GB Wintec AMPO DDR2-800 @ 667, Sapphire X1950 Pro, 250GB WD SATA II, 500W Coolmax PSU, Logitech MX500, Gateway PS/2 keyboard (circa 1999)
haywire Apr 16, 2004, 04:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
it kinda sounds like you have a short somewhere,something is loose or pinched.

Work smarter,Not harder :)
Ben Kickbusch Apr 16, 2004, 08:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
Hey guys its fixed!. I took the motherboard about and spread out the thermal grease so it was even. I made sure all connections were tight and the battery was in properly and also tried putting in a new IDE cable for the hard drive just to be safe. Everything is back to normal. CPU usage is 0% and idle 40C temperatures. All games are running smoothly again. Yay :)

I've got no idea what was wrong with it but im not gonna risk shaking the case or making any sudden movements just in case something falls out!

Cheers!


Chuckle's :D Apr 16, 2004, 09:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Gremlins inside my computer??
It's one stick,but thats ok,I'll look for this winRAM turbo. :D Thanks for letting me know programs like this exist.


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