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    I'm now a little confussed. My system is showing 75% CPU load when idle. As soon as I move my mouse it drops to 1 or 2%. I've closed all but the essential programs and still no different!

    Anyone any ideas?! Cause CPU at 75% surely 'aint that good, although no problems with CPU temp.

    I'm running Win98 SE

    AMD 1800+
    A-Bit mutts nuts Mobo
    256 PC2100 Ram
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    If you hit Ctrl-Alt-Del it will bring up the task manager window. Take a peek and look for something out of the ordinary. This should give you an idea as to what is causing the CPU to work so hard. From there, you can either uninstall the offending program or disable it at bootup by using the msconfig command under RUN on the Start Menu.
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    The only things running are:

    Explorer
    Systray
    Rnaapp

    and thats it....I've been through the process of closing down programs and disabling them in startup but to no avail, hence my frustration.

    What is strange is that as soon as I move the mouse or do something the CPU load drops to about 5%.

    There are about 50 Kernel Threads on average...I don't know how normal a figure that is....


    ...any further suggestions?!

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    Do you have an antivirus program running there? :?:


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    Whats a "A-Bit mutts nuts Mobo" ? I tend to like ABIT products, and i have a "list" (look down), so dont say anything i wouldnt aprove of...

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    I disabled the virus checker thinking that may be the cause...unfortunately not that simple!

    The only things that are still running on my system are Windows programs, I'll post an actual list of running programs.

    Is there any reason why the CPU load would increase when idle...I've had a lot of spyware which I've painstakingly removed!

    I'm considering a full reinstall, but to be honest I really don't want to!

    Anymore thoughts?!

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    The mutts nuts originates from the dogs bollox.....which, my friend, in England means something is top notch. If I were unhappy with my A-Bit board I may describe it as the cats arse...but I am very happy with it (after killing a MSI board trying to flash the BIOS!)

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    Here is the list of running programs...

    Kernel32.dll
    MSGSRV32.EXE
    Mprexe.exe
    MMTASK.TSK
    Rnaapp.exe
    Tapisrv.exe
    Ddhelp.exe
    Explorer.exe
    Systray.exe

    Could any of these be causing the problem?!

    :confused: :confused: :confused:

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    The only advide I can give is Disable every thing bar explorer and systray Then run the system with only one of the extra service running at a time and see which one might be causeing the problem if that fails to find the culprit it might be that 2 services are fighting over one resource and the problem will only occur when there running at the same time Which is a harder problem to narrow down
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    i dont liike Ddhelp.exe - anything with word "help" in it in the windows operating system is suspicious to me...

    ... and Mutts Nuts is good... hmmm... ive only heard of the Bees Knees, but... good i like Abit, too. Top MB comany to me, and part of the top three "A" MB companies to me Abit Asus, and AOpen. Quality in that order...

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