Bad driver high cpu usage correlation ???

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by CVP, Sep 16, 2005.

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    CVP Guest

    Recently I have had the following two issues, I am relativlely new to SBS
    2003 so please bear with me.

    After booting our HP Server, I receive an error saying one or more drivers
    has failed during start up. ( I don't know how to go about finding which

    Also the server CPU usage jumps to 100% while using a specific application
    on client workstations. The process' that take up the CPU usage are:
    svchost.exe (11 of them running in task manager)

    While researching the issue online it seems there may be a correlation with
    the bad driver causing the high cpu usage, is this possible??

    Does anyone know how to track down which driver is giving me the boot-up

    Thanks for any help,
    CVP, Sep 16, 2005
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    Gregg Hill Guest

    Do you have APC PowerChute Business Edition version 6.x installed? If so,
    boot into Safe Mode and disable the "APC PBE Agent" and "APC PBE Server"
    services, reboot normally, remove version 6.x and install version 7.0.4.

    Gregg Hill
    Gregg Hill, Sep 16, 2005
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  3. Right. And if that's not the issue, a failing driver should be logging
    itself in the event logs. A great free tool called Process Explorer will
    tell you what specifically is causing high CPU that's showing as svchost or
    any other mystery process It's pretty
    self explanatory - basically you're just expanding a tree of running
    processes until you see the one that's generating the CPU cycles, then look
    underneath that process to see specifics.
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Sep 16, 2005
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    CVP Guest

    Gregg, thanks for the suggestions, however I don't have APC PowerChute
    Business Edition.

    CVP, Sep 19, 2005
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    CVP Guest

    Dave, I had already attempted to use Process Explorer. However due to my
    lack of knowledge I am unfamiliar with what I am looking for once I have
    isolated the process causing the high CPU usage.

    I will keep on it....

    CVP, Sep 19, 2005
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