Processor 1 on Dual-Core Systems goes to 100% and blocks Processor

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by keithfox, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. keithfox

    keithfox Guest

    I have had a nagging problem since I got my system, Dell 9150, 3Ghz, Dual Core

    I have downloaded every patch I can find from anywhere, bios, video
    drisvers, etc. Nothing works. This happens every time after booting or
    resuming from standby. I've run the diagnostics. none show any problems.

    Some random time after logging in Processor 1 goes to 100%. Processor 2
    usually has lots of cycles, but Processor 1 is blocking Processor 2. By that
    I mean the cursor goes very slow and system crawls almost to a halt like the
    system is time slicing. You know. Processor 1 is at 100% doing something but
    every now and again passes something to Processor 2 for it to do. This lasts
    upto 15 seconds, then it goes away until the next reboot / resume.

    I have looked at the task list at the time and nothing seems to be running
    excessively. Even though the processor is at 100% the System Idle process
    seems to be almost all. I thought it might be the virus checker but shutting
    that off does not seem to stop the problem.

    The only time time I think this does not happen is if I boot in safe mode.

    I am this close to throwing it in the garbage and getting a MAC.

    Please help ! Long-time-sufferer

    What else can I tell you?
    Ps - might be similar to this:
    keithfox, Jan 30, 2008
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    Jaime Guest

    1. If this has been a problem since you got the system, what has Dell
    support said? If they have no answer, it would seem like you have a
    defective system and should return it.

    2. That link just goes to a results page with 25k hits, is there something
    there to see?

    3. What does this have to do with Media Center?
    Jaime, Jan 30, 2008
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    keithfox Guest

    This is posted in XP MediaCenter because that is the OS I am running and it
    keeps hanging on me. I was trying to provide information about the physical
    environment and the attempts I have made to rectify the problem.

    I will take a look at the driver link provided and see if there is anything
    I have missed.

    What I was looking for was to see if anyone has seen / heard of this
    behaviour before on XP Media Center specifically on Dell / Dell 9150 and
    could provide any advice.

    keithfox, Jan 30, 2008
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    Gary Mount Guest

    Start Task Manager and select the Processes tab.
    There you can see what processes are consuming what percent of your CPU.
    That should help you get a better idea of what could be the problem.
    Gary Mount, Jan 31, 2008
  5. keithfox

    Gary Mount Guest

    Enable the "Show processes from all users".

    Gary Mount, Jan 31, 2008
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    Johan Guest

    Johan, Feb 1, 2008
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