Occasionally, one program uses up all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.
Processors are generally available with what are called “multiple cores”. We’ll look at what that means, and how you might select which is right for you.
Intel’s Core i3, i5, and i7 processors present a headache-inducing combination of characteristics. I’ll look at what matters and then dig a little deeper.
Multi-core processors add an additional layer of complexity to software design. Occasionally that can manifest as only 25% of the CPU being used.
CPUs may not be getting faster as quickly as they once did, but Moore’s law isn’t really about speed; it’s about circuitry. We’re still improving in many other ways.
You may have a multi-core processor, but not all software can utilize more than one core.
The system degrading over time sounds like a software problem. So how do we find out what’s using the CPU?
Resource Monitor is a helpful little system resource examination tool that doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. I’ll review what it can do.
Replacing your computer’s CPU will depend on your motherboard. But there is actually another option to get more speed.
You’ve checked for dust, but the computer is still running hot. I’ll point you in the direction of a few more things that could be causing this heat wave… including a heat wave itself.
High memory usage by Internet Explorer can result from several different things. I’ll review the most common.
A new computer might burn DVDs faster depending on what’s limiting your burning speed now. It could be the CPU, but it could also be something else.
A fan running at high speed means one thing: heat! The question is, how do you determine the cause and cool down your machine. It might be easier than you think.
Can a computer really do nothing? Yes and no. When it’s doing nothing it has to do something, and that something is the System Idle Process.
Many people are experiencing high CPU usage, often 100%, in svchost. Svchost is not a virus, but many people think it acts like one.
‘(Not Responding)’ is Windows’ way of telling you that a program might have a problem. Sometimes ‘(Not Responding)’ is benign, but sometimes it’s a sign of a deeper issue.