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#712365 - 27th Jul 2012 7:04pm Cyclic CPU use
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Odd one this.
I was watching CPU use on my laptop using Task Manager. About every 8 seconds there is a spike in CPU use. With nothing else apparently working CPU goes from 3-5% typical to a spike of abround 60-70% use on this 8 sec or so cyclic basis.

If I look at "processes" in operation - these do not change their memory requirements.

If I disconnect from the internet then CPU use more or less flatlines at a few%.

Anybody any clues as to WHY ?
Do I need to worry about something ?

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#712369 - 27th Jul 2012 7:12pm Re: Cyclic CPU use [Re: Snodvan]
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Click on the tab saying Networking and see if the pulse continues with the internet On.

Then you will understand if anything is being transmitted / received with the spikes.

Get a scree shot of the service page too wink
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#712383 - 27th Jul 2012 8:27pm Re: Cyclic CPU use [Re: Mark]
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Networking page shows a few very minor 'blips' but with no pattern to them

"Services" needs 7 pages to cut/ paste. A few are included here. Anything special I could look for there

I have to say the computer works OK.
HP G62 laptop working wireless to an old Belkin router and then Virgin cable

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#712398 - 27th Jul 2012 9:30pm Re: Cyclic CPU use [Re: Snodvan]
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try reordering the colum CPU in task manager and you will see what's using the cpu, it could be many things like app's checking for updates on the net, the O/S performing a check/task, but doing it by cpu usage in task manager is the easiest way to see what's using the cpu, and your best clicking on this a few times to order the apps that keep using the cpu

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#716102 - 12th Aug 2012 7:01pm Re: Cyclic CPU use [Re: Snodvan]
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I THINK I have found the culprit!

The laptop is an HP G62 and a built-in program is is the HP Wirelesss Assistant HPWA_service.exe

This seems to be the program that spikes the CPU use every few seconds. Whatever, if I disable the program via Task Manager the CPU use no longer spikes but dribbles along at a few % usage. The laptop seems to run with no problems, indeed maybe slightly better.

A web check indicates that the HPWA files simply tell you when your wireless system is/is not in operation, and MAY be needed for the physical wireless on/off switch to work. In practice the switch button on my machine still works with the program disabled.

Question now - how do I stop HPWA_service.exe from loading every time the laptop is switched on ????

I guess I COULD find the file and rename it - but I seem to remember there is a much more elegant way of deciding allow/ disallow for programs at start up

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#716113 - 12th Aug 2012 7:26pm Re: Cyclic CPU use [Re: Snodvan]
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Try MSCONFIG, -> StartUp, This tab controls what you allow to run at Start Up..

http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/index.html
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