Articles tagged: CPU

How Do I Find Out What Program Is Using All My CPU?

How Do I Find Out What Program Is Using All My CPU?

Occasionally, one program uses all of your computer’s processing resources. Using Task Manager, it’s easy to figure out which program that is.

System Idle Process in Task Manager

What is the System Idle Process and Why Is It Using Most of the CPU?

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, waiting for something to do.

CPU Meter

Tip of the Day: Put a CPU Meter in Your Taskbar

Quad-core CPU

Should I Get a Dual-Core or a Quad-core Processor?

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.

CPU

What’s the difference between i3, i5, and i7 processors?

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.

CPU

Why Won’t My Program use More than 25% of the CPU?

Multi-core processors add an additional layer of complexity to software design. Occasionally that can manifest as only 25% of the CPU being used.

CPU

Is Moore’s Law over?

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.

4 Cores

Why is only one core on my multi-core processor being maxed out?

You may have a multi-core processor, but not all software can utilize more than one core.

Slow as a snail

Why Does My Sound Quality Degrade over Time?

The system degrading over time sounds like a software problem. So how do we find out what’s using the CPU?

Resource Monitor Overview Tab

Monitoring Your System with Resource Monitor

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.

CPU

Can I replace my processor with a faster one?

Replacing your computer’s CPU will depend on your motherboard. But there is actually another option to get more speed.

Why is my computer’s fan coming on?

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.

Internet Explorer

Why Is AVG Telling Me IE Has High Memory Usage?

High memory usage by Internet Explorer can result from several different things. I’ll review the most common.

Inserting a disc

Will a new computer burn DVDs faster?

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.

Process Explorer sorted by CPU

Why Is My Fan Running at High Speed?

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.

How Do I Fix this High CPU Usage Svchost Virus or Whatever It Is?

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)” – What does it mean, and what do I do about it?

‘(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.