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Constant disk usage spikes causing lag and annoying stutter.

Question: Constant disk usage spikes causing lag and annoying stutter.

For the past month I've had disk usage spikles that cause my to lag and stutter in short bursts that interrupt games, music, and youtube videos. It first begaiin with my Mushkin ssd 120gb which I attributed to be the problem so i swapped it out for my current Sandisk 128gb ssd which seemed to fix the problem for about 3 days. Now its back and not as bad as it was with my first ssd but I'm still getting the 100% usage spikes and stutter. I used the SF tool and will attach some screenshots as well. Thanks in advance. This is super frustrating since its my first custom build and was hoping for better performance. I'm on a intel i7 4790k, windows 7 home premuim 64 bit, boot disk is 128gb Sandisk ssd, and 1tb westage hdd.

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Answer: Constant disk usage spikes causing lag and annoying stutter.

How much free space you have in C?

Download and run trimcheck-0.7 Index of /trimcheck, follow the directions and verify TRIM is enabled.

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Okay, this is getting really annoying. I have a problem now with my CPU lagging continuously. After I leave the computer on for a while, it all of a sudden, randomly starts to spike the CPU from about 2%-25% a little faster than a second per spike.

P4 2.6GHz
P4P800-Dlx
1GB Corsair PC3500
ATI 9800
Radeon Audigy 1 EX

120GB WD
160GB WD
I am running Windows XP Pro w/ SP2 with lots of different software. I have just reformated my drive about a week ago and this was even somewhat of a problem on my last Windows load. This new installation of Windows XP is on a totally different hard drive as well, so I really don't think it's a hardware issue.

When I reboot or go into standby mode then get back into Windows, the spike has stopped. It's only when I leave my computer on for a while that I start getting these spikes at a random time. I even tried to monitor what I'm using and when I load new software, but I do not see any correlation.

Also, some people might have asked if my hard drive is continuously active, but I do not see any lights flashing. I have also switched the sound card from one PCI channel to another (the only device using PCI right now) and that didn't work.

It doesn't seem to be affecting my paging file but my memory and CPU are affected. This is really annoying and I hope I can solve it soon!!

Thanks for ANY advice!

You can find the photos in this directory. Task Manager Photos
 

Answer:CPU usage spikes causing lag

How about showing us a screenshot of the Performance tab in the Task Manager?
 

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I'm hoping this is the right place to post this, over the past few weeks its gotten to the point where the freezes are terrible and make programs crash. I'm running a Compaq CQ61 laptop with 3GB DDR2 ram. i have no idea what is causing it, i thought maybe malware/spyware etc but have run malwarebytes, and spybot in and out of safe mode and have nod 32 on at all times. I've included a highjackthis log, i hope someone can figure this out. also when i ran highjackthis i got an error right near the beginning about being denied write access to host files
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:13:56 PM, on 10/7/2010
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\Pixart\PAP7501\GUCI_AVS.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\hpqToaster.exe
C:\Users\Carols laptop\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Carols laptop\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Carols laptop\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Carols laptop\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Carols laptop\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Carols laptop\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

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Answer:RAM usage spikes from 25-99 causing everything to freeze up

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Hi, recently I've been experiencing random spikes of lag in my laptop. I use AllCPUMeter gadget to monitor my systems. The symptom was that CPU usage would increase highly without any major programs being runned. This had happened while my laptop was idle and after a few seconds of hang, my Aero crashes ( turns to basic for a second ) and restores itself. Then, my Nvidia driver would pop up saying the display driver crashed. I've tried opening task manager to find out what was using up power when it starts to spike and unfortunately, the usage would always return to normal as soon as I open it.

After some digging around, I used Process Explorer and determined that dwm.exe is the culprit. However this seems to be a second exe as you can see from the picture I've attached. It shows the high usage and a bit below another dwm.exe.

Some other things I've noticed is rundll32.exe went up to approximately 10% at times but not while the spikes happen. Could any of this be related to my friend unplugging my laptop ?

This is not a huge problem exactly but it is annoying. I cant watch a movie for 10 minutes without the screen going black and the temperature soars extremely high. So if anyone has any idea how to deal with this problem, please help me.

Update : It seems that the lag occurs when the laptop is idle and will continue until I move the mouse or interact with the laptop.

Answer:dxm.exe causing random spikes of high CPU usage.

Done a quick search and found this removal of dxm.exe - Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs

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The contents of the log file may be confusing. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, don't worry about it. If you see an entry you want to keep, let me know about it.
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After the scan has finished...

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Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
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Hello, on my laptop I've been having horrible lag spikes while playing any sort of game. This problem was not present about 10 months ago and i used to be able to play games very smoothly without any problems.

My Laptop is a Gateway NV52, 4 GB ram, and 320 gb hdd.

I think there has to be something in my backround processes that is eating up so much memory.

I also have a picture of one of these cpu usage spikes, i believe it is pretty bad lol.

Any help to solving this problem would be greatly appreciated, it is such a hassle to play games and just having my fps go down the drain and my laptop running so slow
 

Answer:Constant 100% CPU usage, lag spikes on laptop while playing games

Try downloading and running this tool:
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/files/file/187-tfc-temp-file-cleaner-by-oldtimer/

What anti virus and anti malware programs are you running?
 

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Hello,Here is the problem i recently bought an L460 with an hdd 500go but i decided to go for an ssd sandisk plus 120Go, i've installed windows 10 pro N and all the drivers needed with the Lenovo Service Bridge, but somehow ma computer crash after some time using it a have a blue screen and it reboot and don't recognize the ssd, i've looked at the performance and there are spikes of disk usage at 100% before computer freeze , i've tried many things it seems that the sata driver is having trouble, can someone help me ? Germain

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So, it all started after i had my nvidia drivers error "Nvidia windows kernel mode driver error". After this error windows started being really annoying and laggy. Usually it lags most when i turn on computer, it takes a lot of time to load files, and strange thing happens after i turn it on. Just a few seconds after windows loads pictograms on dekstop windows strangly loads them again... I checked my disk usage, it goes to 100% sometimes and when its at 100% windows getting laggy. Usually reinstalling windows helps, but i cant reinstall it atm, i got a lot of important stuff in it (and ya stupid me, i made one disk). So maybe any of you know a solution for this problem? i'll appreciate any help.

Im using windows 8. Sorry for my any english grammar mistake.

Answer:Annoying lag spikes. Disk usages goes to 100% every 5mins.

If it is being caused by the Nvidia driver, then uninstall it, delete the drivers and use the Standard VGA driver. Then download the WHLQ Nvidia driver, not beta, and re-install.

Also, have you checked for virus? Could also be hardware problem.

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For a while now my laptop lenovo y510p(with the 2 graphic cards ver.) is getting 100% disk usage spikes this greatly lowers the speed and causes massive fps drops when playing games, usually it will last 30sec-2min, they come at random sometimes just 1 or 2 and then nothing for few hours sometimes very regular. I was googeling for solution a few times now but with no success. Is there any solution to this? or at least is there a way to maybe find whats causing it or narrowing down the suspects?

how it looks on performance manager during playing CSGO(fps dropped from around 200 to around 50), also this happens even when iam just on desktop: https://puu.sh/wxt9N/ba8154f52f.png
 

Answer:Disk usage 100% spikes

Please run this
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/processmonitor.aspx

save the extracted files to a new folder in your program files
close all other apps
open process monitor application
follow this procedure
https://askleo.com/i_have_constant_..._why_how_can_i_tell_what_program_is_doing_it/

On first opening process monitor you will see on the bottom left it gathering data
allow a couple of minutes and then press ctrl and e to capture or click the third icon on top bar - the magnifying glass
now click the tools tab and click file summary another window opens on top of the main process monitor window
enlarge that window and click by path tab - probably already selected
using the lower bar scroll right to show the path column and if necessary hold mouse on heading of path top right to extend

Click read column to show usage in descending order
look to the path to check what is using

Do the same with write column

The WriteB and Read B are bytes per second
when monitoring was active

then when you have identified what is using read write activity - apart of course from process monitor - double click that entry and the main process monitor window will show ONLY the details for that activity
On that window any entry can then be examined in detail by examining image path company etc or double click on an entry will open another window showing event etc.

When you close the process monitor windows and open the app again it will open a small window informing you tha... Read more

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I have been trying to fix this issue for two days now. I did a fresh install of windows 8 twice and the problem still persists. I think I have tried every solution offered by google so far and I am at my wits end. It causes freezing in video games and I just want to play all these cool games I bought on steam, not to mention browse the internet without freezing. Please people of eightforums.com I ask... no, I beg for your help!

Answer:Getting 100% Disk Usage Spikes On Windows 8

Did you run a diagnostic on the HD? It could be a hardware issue.

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I have an issue that has been happening since last week i think. The problem is that even with the computer in idle the disk usage has these spikes. When i want to play a simple .mp4 file it freezes several times and the all computer freezes when the spikes reach 100 %. I don't know what is causing this issue.

Answer:Disk usage spikes when nothing is running

Just Windows doing some housekeeping. You would have to use System Internals Process Explorer, to dig down into what process is doing that. If your computer is freezing when playing music. The question comes to mind of what the program is that you are using to listen to .mp4 files.

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Hey, I've had this problem where my disk usage would spike to 100% before going back down to like 2%. I looked at countless forum posts and different sites and I found something which was a temporary fix, which was turning off tips about windows...
That worked for a while, and it just makes the intervals in-between the spikes longer, and now my memory has started to spike pretty high to about 99%, and wont come back down. When it does this I have to do a hard shut down as my pc just slows to unusable...
I also tried disabling ndu.sys in the registry, which didn't help either
I know it is not my RAM as I have tried it with other RAM and I still get the problem...

I am thinking of just restoring my PC back to Windows 7 soon if I cant get this fixed.

Thanks

Answer:Disk and Memory usage spikes in windows 10

So called "Memory leak", drivers, specially WiFi and BT seem to cause that most. Can't you see in task manager what takes most free RAM ?

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Hey, I've had this problem where my disk usage would spike to 100% before going back down to like 2%. I looked at countless forum posts and different sites and I found something which was a temporary fix, which was turning off tips about windows...
That worked for a while, and it just makes the intervals in-between the spikes longer, and now my memory has started to spike pretty high to about 99%, and wont come back down. When it does this I have to do a hard shut down as my pc just slows to unusable...
I also tried disabling ndu.sys in the registry, which didn't help either
I know it is not my RAM as I have tried it with other RAM and I still get the problem...

I am thinking of just restoring my PC back to Windows 7 soon if I cant get this fixed.

Thanks

Answer:Disk and Memory usage spikes in windows 10

So called "Memory leak", drivers, specially WiFi and BT seem to cause that most. Can't you see in task manager what takes most free RAM ?

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So on Saturday of last week my PC started to run slow. I open up task manager to check what was going on and I am greeted with it showing me that I have very high CPU usage, and constant capped-out disk usage.
Over the course of the past few days I have reinstalled Windows 10, updated drivers, completely formatted my previous hard-drive, and just today I received a new SSD. However, my problem STILL persists, and I'm all out of ideas on what I need to in order to solve this.

My Motherboard is an ASUS Z97-P with an Intel i5-4690K processor. If you need more specifications, or a program to be run, then I would be happy to do so.

For further information, the system ran normally when booting from a Windows 8.1 hard-drive, and did have a blip of normal performance on Windows 10, but resumed misbehaving when the computer was re-started.

Answer:Constant 100% Disk Usage, 60-80% CPU usage. Both happen when idle.

in Task Manager sort by CPU usage and see what apps are responsible.

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Hello. I've got a very strange problem on my hands here. I recently upgraded my case and to go with my new case I got a SATA Sony DRU-190S DVD-writer to replace my IDE writer. After completing the transfer to my new case I noticed that my hard drive light was flickering every second. It was pretty noticable as the Antec 900 HD light is very bright.Upon investigating further I noticed that lsass.exe and csrss.exe were constantly producing many I/O reads and writes to the hard drive. After googling lsass.exe and csrss.exe I discovered that these two processes have caused other Windows users to experience the same problem, but every cause seems different e.g. A virus, CPU utilization issue, corrupt profile etc. and I couldn't find one that matched mine.I managed to find a thread that mentioned a Microsoft service called Terminal Service, which I disabled, and that seemed to tame lsass.exe. The problem is csrss.exe remains and is reading the hard drive many times an hour causing the hard drive to flicker every second.I found a thread that told me to use Disk Monitor and Process Monitor together to try and capture what exactly is accessing the hard drive. Unfortunately I couldn't get Process Monitor to work it just came up with an error 'unable to allocate memory with a block size 4000', I tried googling that error but found nothing that could fix Process Monitor. I tried using filemon and process explorer, but its not really giving me the information that... Read more

Answer:lsass.exe and csrss.exe causing constant hard drive usage

Quote from: Man_With_Beard on July 12, 2008, 05:08:33 AMHello. I've got a very strange problem on my hands here. I recently upgraded my case and to go with my new case I got a SATA Sony DRU-190S DVD-writer to replace my IDE writer. After completing the transfer to my new case I noticed that my hard drive light was flickering every second. It was pretty noticable as the Antec 900 HD light is very bright.Did you have this problem in your 'old case?'I'm a literal reader! Does this mean that the only hardware change was the external case and the Sony DVD, i.e., you put the old motherboard, video, harddrive, etc, into the new case? What about power supply?Is this computer on a network?Does the computer exhibit any 'problems' - slowness, etc.Have you tried to create a new user profile per the MS article that you referenced? (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555021)Have you verified that the only copies of the two files are in C:\Windows\System32?The more info that we have the better chance of finding a solution.

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I have a new Windows 10 64-bit. I had MAJOR frame rate issues while playing The Witcher 3 video game (despite my machine surpassing the recommended specs) and peeked into the Resource Monitor and discovered enormous spikes in Disk Usage (at times 100%). My internet searches indicated that these Disk spikes and the fps issues of The Witcher 3 might be due to a memory bottleneck, I safely disabled some of the burdensome processes and services but the Disk spikes continue and the performance for The Witcher 3 is improved but far from optimal.
What is something I can do to eliminate these Disk Usage spikes and improve the gaming performance of my computer?
P.S. I should first confess that I know relatively little about the intricacies of computers so feel free to dumb down your answers as much as you can. Thanks
Specs:
i7 6700K @ 4.00 GHz
Radeon R9 M390
8GB RAM

Answer:Disk usage spikes to 100% and Low frame rate on new Windows 10

Consider turning off as many background applications as possible. If the antivirus program starts to scan while you are playing it is likely that you will have higher disk percentages.
The best that you can imagine is a clean install of the operating system followed by a clean boot followed by installation of only the one game application.
So whatever you can do to get as close to that is the optimal outcome.
If you want to spend a lot to time and get this to max you would need to learn how to analyze WPR. If you can analyze them you can then see any application that is increasing disk usage and make the necessary changes.

This is a link to WPR: Windows performance recorder - Microsoft Community

Windows Performance Analyzer

Windows Performance Analyzer step-by-step guide

Windows Performance Counters Explained | AppAdminTools

You may also consider various software and hardware RAID configurations:

Multiple hard drives working together: All about RAID setups | PCWorld

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Computer will shut off with no warning, Disk usage will jump to 100%. Webpages will not load even though all internet bars are full. Webroot and Malwarebytes do not pick up any problems. The system is Windows 10 and I have run disk cleaner, defrag and deleted cookies, cache and history to see if clearing up space helps the problem but it hasn't. Not sure if it's something with the system or some malware I can't find..... Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you!!!!

Answer:Random Disk usage and CPU spikes, running slow,

Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scroll down.Double-click ... Read more

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Hello,

A week ago, i noticed my hard drives makes small littles noises when i'm doing nothing on the computer; every few seconds, the disk makes slight noises..usually it is dead silent.

i tried to remember what happened on the computer around that time and here it is :
-internet explorer update.
-adobe reader and flash updates.
-some windows updates.
-a windows 10 update that i had to hide otherwise it would have installed windows 10.

the cpu usage goes around 0 to 5- 6 %, like usual i think. i haven't noticed any slowdowns during applications and gaming.
i don't seem to have more processus running than before (52).
i tried to see the disk usage using the ressource monitor and here is a screen shot at idle : Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

it would seem that the service System (PID4 ) is constantly writing something at roughly 10k octet by seconds. i don't know if it is normal and if it was the same value before the problem.
i don't know what to think of the info regarding disk activity below that.
Any idea of what i should do to shut down those noises? is that disk activity normal? (maybe it should be at 0)..

Thank you for your time.

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The new Win8 touch laptop I just got is running ridiculously slow. Apps take minutes to open sometimes because the disk is constantly being used by several processes, even when idle.

The main culprits showing in Task Manager are "Service host: Local system", "Windows Modules Installer Worker", and "Antimalware Service Executable". Between them they are using 97+% of the disk and about 50% CPU constantly. It's gotten a bit better since I uninstalled all the trialware garbage that came on it, including McAfee, which was a massive slowdown. I plan on just using Windows Defender for security but it still says it's turned off, could that be the problem?

But for real, I'm pretty sure McAfee slows down the system more than the viruses.

Answer:New laptop, constant 100% Disk usage and ~50% CPU

I quit using Kaspersky anti-virus 2013 (our internet provider offers it for free), on my Windows 7 Dell Inspiron 1545 because it would use 100% CPU at random times several times a day. Went to Windows Defender and the problem cleared up. I now use Windows Defender on my new Windows 8.1 laptop.

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Hi,
I'm having an issue where my computer is always maxed out at 100% disk usage even when I'm not actively doing anything. When I look at Processes in Task Manager, the offending process appears to be ntoskrnl.exe.
I've tried a few minor things including rebooting, disabling Windows suggestions notifications, disabling the SuperFetch service, updating various drivers, all with no luck.
Lenovo Y410p
Windows 10
Seagate ST1000LM014 SSHD
Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks,
Daniel

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I used one key recovery because my computer was slowing down since I filled up the hardrive and once I was finished I noticed after opening the task manager that my disk usage was jumping from 0 to 100% constantly and has been doing it for a 5 hours straight but the process that's using some much disk is something called "System"  If anyone could help that would be greatly appeciated. 

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Hello,

A week ago, i noticed my hard drives makes small littles noises when i'm doing nothing on the computer; every few seconds, the disk makes slight noises..usually it is dead silent.

i tried to remember what happened on the computer around that time and here it is :
-internet explorer update.
-adobe reader and flash updates.
-some windows updates.
-a windows 10 update that i had to hide otherwise it would have installed windows 10.

the cpu usage goes around 0 to 5- 6 %, like usual i think. i haven't noticed any slowdowns during applications and gaming.
i don't seem to have more processus running than before (52).
i tried to see the disk usage using the ressource monitor and here is a screen shot at idle : Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

it would seem that the service System (PID4 ) is constantly writing something at roughly 10k octet by seconds. i don't know if it is normal and if it was the same value before the problem.
i don't know what to think of the info regarding disk activity below that.
Any idea of what i should do to shut down those noises? is that disk activity normal? (maybe it should be at 0)..

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Constant low disk usage in idle

I would scan with MBAM

The free version has the same scanner as the paid.
Something writing data like clockwork and it wasn't doing it before makes me suspect one of the updates. If MBAM comes up clean then the only way to rule out the updates is to remove the new ones one by one.

That's the main reason I don't update unless it is a Service Pack. It is too easy to break something when you make multiple modifications at once.

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I run a system I built back in 2009 with the following specs:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9650 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3069 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, 1280 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 610476 MB, Free - 178886 MB; G: Total - 476936 MB, Free - 138294 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5Q DELUXE
Antivirus: Norton Security Suite, Updated and Enabled

FYI, I have 4 GB installed, but I've never been able to get that last GB of RAM to be used (and I have made sure that my BIOS is set up to use it).

As time has gone on my computer has more and more moments when it just locks up; and it is also taking longer and longer to log in/switch users and for programs to open. My memory usage generally is below 70%, but I regularly get high disk usage warnings from Norton. Also the computer will freeze up when Firefox goes to certain sites like Comcast.net.

I've been trying to figure this out for a very long time and have gotten nowhere. I really appreciate your help.

Daniel
 

Answer:Constant Freezing High Disk Usage

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I have been experiencing deteriorating performance on my computer characterised by the task manager reporting 100% disk usage, despite nothing showing more than 0.1mb/s I/O activity. I have no problems getting to the login screen, but as soon as I log in, it takes about 15 minutes before the computer will be usable. It seems to choke up when loading explorer and the taskbar. When it freezes, I can't hear any disk activity, but when the freezing ends, I can hear the familiar hard disk ticking sound. Unfortunately, I can't access the task manager during the startup, but I suspect that it's the same 100% disk usage problem.
 
I have disabled superfetch and windows search services to no avail. I am on a single hard disk that is practically still empty. I have run a chkdsk C: /f from the command prompt, and no errors were found. I have also manually set the page file to 8gb min, 12gb max (i have 8gb physical ram). At this stage, I'm running out of ideas. This problem seems to have started since the anniversary update. Please help with this problem, and let me know what information is required.

Answer:Constant 100% disk usage freezes Windows 10

can nobody help? the computer is practically unusable..

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I have been experiencing deteriorating performance on my computer characterised by the task manager reporting 100% disk usage, despite nothing showing more than 0.1mb/s I/O activity. I have no problems getting to the login screen, but as soon as I log in, it takes about 15 minutes before the computer will be usable. It seems to choke up when loading explorer and the taskbar. When it freezes, I can't hear any disk activity, but when the freezing ends, I can hear the familiar hard disk ticking sound. Unfortunately, I can't access the task manager during the startup, but I suspect that it's the same 100% disk usage problem.
 
I have disabled superfetch and windows search services to no avail. I am on a single hard disk that is practically still empty. I have run a chkdsk C: /f from the command prompt, and no errors were found. I have also manually set the page file to 8gb min, 12gb max (i have 8gb physical ram). At this stage, I'm running out of ideas. This problem seems to have started since the anniversary update. Please help with this problem, and let me know what information is required.

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I've had this issue for a very long time. And i have tried many solutions. Basically, my disk usage keeps jumping up and down, causing lag spikes, freezing my screen for a second or two every now and then, which is annoying me so much. I created an account here to post this. This is my last resort. If i can't fix it, i'll probably go back to Windows 7. I hope that'll fix the problem at least... but i'm starting to worry that this is an problem with my computer, and not the OS. I've had this problem on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. I've upgraded 3 times to see if there would be a change. But no luck.

I have a 64 bit ASUS laptop, running Windows 10 Home. System specs:

Intel Core i5-3337U CPU 1.80 GHz
8 GB RAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000

Solutions i have tried:
Disabling Superfetch, Prefetch, Windows Defender, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall
Resetting Virtual Memory
Updating all Drivers
Uninstalling Google Chrome
Changing Settings in Google Chrome
Clean Install
Installing AVG so Windows Defender stops
Disabling background tasks in Task Scheduler
Closing Processes in Task Manager/Process Monitor
Installing all Windows Updates

Answer:Windows 10 100% Disk Usage, constant spiking

Hi,your HDD is Toshiba MQ01ABD050 500GB SATA 3GB/s 5400RPM 2.5 Inch 9.5mm Internal Hard Drive
Could you advise your laptop model?

Disconnect any network connections.

First some basics checks.
Download and run Crystal Diskinfo (free), easy to find - SMART param checks and report the result - Good/Caution/Bad...
If ok Download and run Crystal DiskMark to check transfer rates and post the result.

Then run chkdsk on C:
From an admin command prompt
[Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
chkdsk C: /F
Your PC will need to restart.
Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

Run chkdsk on D:

Then boot to Safe Mode - do you observe any problems?

Then do a clean boot - again, do you observe any problems?

Please post a screenshot of your task manager, clicking any column of interest to organise it high to low.

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I use the malware removal guide above as my bible on removing viruses and has worked for years, but I think one's slipped through my antivirus software... I'm running windows vista and last time i knew(windows xp that is) it isn't normal for your disk to be in constant use, so i checked it out and apparently svchost.exe (LocalSystemNetworkRestricted) in the cause, and using 100+ mb of memory. I can't find any viruses, spyware etc with the scanners though. I've run out of ideas, could someone help me?
 

Answer:constant disk usage(suspected virus)

We can only help if you attach the requested logs:
SAS
MBAM
RootRepeal
ComboFix
C:\MGlogs.zip
 

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So yesterday for some unknown reason i began experiencing uncontrollable frame loss in games like arma 2 and CS:GO (games i can usually run fine on max settings). I searched around for the problem and after a while of finding no answers and trying several anti virus programs i resorted to a factory reset.
After the reset and re-installing arma 2, i started arma and was running a graceful 70fps on max settings. This morning i woke up and got on arma just to see the frame loss i had yesterday back to bite me in the ass. I have searched my entire computer and the only thing that seems wierd is two things, when i go to backup files it says that i don't have a drive (i have backed files up before and it has never told me that my drive is gone), and that for some reason my disk usage will randomly go up to around 99% for a period of around 45-50 seconds.
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PC Specs:

Disk: http://puu.sh/iJWdz/f1ac907212.png

CPU: Intel i5 4690 3.6 GHz

GPU: gtx 660

RAM: 2x 4GB (8GB total)

Power Supply: 750w Corsair
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Programs Installed after factory reset:
uTorrent (uninstalled problem still occuring)
Steam
Teamspeak 3
Skype
DayZ Commander
Avast
Google Chrome
Arma 2
Arma 2 OA
Arma 2 DayZ Mod
Counter Strike : Global Offensive
Dirty Bomb
Terraria
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Answer:Disk usage randomly spiking to 99%, causing lag etc.

check and fix bad sectors on your disk. In the command prompt, type in the following command: chkdsk /f /r and press enter. “/f” means to fix errors on the disk and “/r” means to locate bad sectors and recover readable information. After this process is done, try system restore again.

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Wanted to clarify that I have dug for solutions for weeks including this site. It's likely I missed a solution.
Alright, this has been going on for weeks and I've tried most every possible solution I have found on the internet. It began when I noticed a loud and abrupt screech on my speakers when listening to music on my work PC. It was extremely quick, almost like someone tapped the FFW button on a tape for half a second. As the days progressed I noticed it would often happen with more frequency and even noticed my entire screen would flicker. There are a few YouTube videos of the same issue happening (can't seem to remember the search terms) and the comments section is usually filled with solutions. I'll post what I've tried out of the 30 million solutions I've read and hopefully you guys can further help me out. My PC is home-built about 6 months ago, I do the same work on it about 60-70 hours a weeks and do absolutely no hardware tweaking.
 
My first idea was a virus. Malwarebytes found some small spyware, cleared it, problem persisted.
I assumed the soundcard(on board), added a cheap PCI card. Problem persisted.
I read that uninstalling Malwarebytes solved the issue for many. Problem persisted.
I discovered it could be observed through my PC latency. http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/4599/9ig5.png 
Each spike is when my audio screeches, the larger spikes usually produce a visual hiccup as well.
I read that outdated drivers could cause the issue. I install... Read more

Answer:PC Latency Spikes - Sound/Video Stutter

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
  List last 10 Event Viewer log
  List Installed Programs
  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 
Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 
Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
Louis

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For the last week or so my system has been very slow to startup, and during this time the disk shows at 100% usage.
It takes at least 5-10 minutes until everything has loaded and disk usage returns to normal and the system is usable.

I have checked the resource monitor and there is nothing specific that is thrashing the disk, the top apps consuming most I/O changes as the system starts.
I have uninstalled McAfee to rule that out.
If I start in safe mode, then everything is fine.
I have tried stopping certain services which I have read are common culprits, such as superfetch and shadow copy, but it had no effect.

Answer:100% DISK usage causing slow system startup

if you start in safe mode and everything is fine, then please try this. Open msconfig– click on the services tab– check the box hide all Microsoft services– note which services are checked and then uncheck them all – restart your PC and if everything runs fine do the following steps.
Open msconfig – go to the services tab – check the box hide all Microsoft services – check half of the services you had unchecked – restart. By doing this process a few times you will identify the offending service.

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First, what I have:
Windows 10 Pro
Core i7 5700HQ
16Gb DDR3 RAM
2 mSATA Samsung SSD in RAID 0
Nvidia GTX 980m
What the problem is:
Whenever I load a youtube video, my laptop slows down like crazy. And I mean, everything slows down. As if I'm using my laptop at 2 FPS. Mouse jumps. The youtube video itself is super choppy as if playing in slow motions. Everything becomes slow. As soon as I close the youtube tab, everything is back to normal, more or less.
I tried doing some quick research before posting this. And here's what I've found out:
-It's not adblock or any chrome extension. I tried running youtube on incognito mode with all extensions off, same problem happens.
-As a matter of fact, it isn't exclusive to chrome. I tried watching a youtube video on Edge, and the exact same thing happens.
-I cleared all the cache and history on chrome, didn't make a difference.
-It's not the services that apparently causes high disk usage for other people (superfetch, windows search, background intelligence). I disabled those, made no difference.
Here's what my task manager looked during the problem:
According to resource manager, it is chrome.exe causing the disk usage, but same goes for edge if youtube is playing on that.
Those huge mountains on CPU and DISK 2 are during the time I had the youtube tab up. Needless to say, watching a youtube video is impossible regardless of the browser I use. Restarting fixes the problem, but very briefly. Few hours later and it's back to this nightmar... Read more

Answer:Why is my Youtube playback causing high disk usage?

Anybody? Anyone at all? :(

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For the last week or so my system has been very slow to startup, and during this time the disk shows at 100% usage.
It takes at least 5-10 minutes until everything has loaded and disk usage returns to normal and the system is usable.

I have checked the resource monitor and there is nothing specific that is thrashing the disk, the top apps consuming most I/O changes as the system starts.
I have uninstalled McAfee to rule that out.
If I start in safe mode, then everything is fine.
I have tried stopping certain services which I have read are common culprits, such as superfetch and shadow copy, but it had no effect.

Answer:100% DISK usage causing slow system startup

if you start in safe mode and everything is fine, then please try this. Open msconfig– click on the services tab– check the box hide all Microsoft services– note which services are checked and then uncheck them all – restart your PC and if everything runs fine do the following steps.
Open msconfig – go to the services tab – check the box hide all Microsoft services – check half of the services you had unchecked – restart. By doing this process a few times you will identify the offending service.

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Hello there!I just bought a Thinkpad T460s for DJ and audio production purposes and I am having some latency issues I cannot resolve. While the overall latency as measured by the LatencyMon are generally low (well bellow 1ms), there as some spikes, approximately once or twice in a period of ten minutes causing audio dropouts and rather audible sound stutter making the laptop unsuitable for the work it is intended for. The LatencyMon suggest that the problem is caused by CPU throttling and I should search for a BIOS update. However the problem persists even with latest BIOS and drivers from Lenovo, and with Intel Speedstep disabled and the processor clocking constantly on 2.30Ghz. I should note that I have installed all the latest driver and BIOS updates from the Lenovo website, running on High Performance Power Plan (with all power saving options disabled). The drivers that are pointed from LatencyMon to cause the problem are mainly are ACPI.sys and Wdf01000.sys with latencies well above the desired 1ms area. The programm I am using for audio playback is Traktor Pro 2.11, with Native Instruments Audio 2 USB audio card using low latency ASIO drivers, and the machine is running Windows 10 64-Bit.  Hope someone here can help, or had the same issues and fixed them. Even if someone from Lenovo support can suggest a BIOS version which would be good enough to do a rollback would be really helpfull.



















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Occasionally I'll be watching a movie with VLC player, and then suddenly everything freezes temporarily for 40 seconds or so.

Before everything else becomes fully frozen and unusable, I am able to see Task Manager showing disk usage pinned at 100%, but I don't hear the hard drive chugging.

I can't determine what is causing the disk use spikes.

Any ideas?

Answer:Random 100% disk usage spike causing frozen system

Hi, first absolute basics:
1. Please run a check on your disk (s).
Download and run Hard disk sentinel (trial) and post a screenshot of its GUI.

Ideally when or just after you have such a problem:
2. Please post a screenshot of your task manager, organising any columns of interest high to low by clicking on the relevant column tab. Repeat for different columns if useful.
(Ideally when you notice problems)

3. Please post a screenshot like this:
4. Compare performance after a clean boot.

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Hi,
I have a i7 3770k at 3.9 ghz, so stock with turbo boost.
I tried oc'ing to 4.5 ghz, didnt fix the problem.
Basically, in some games i get high cpu usage and at the same time low gpu usage.
My system is i7 3770k, gtx1070, 16 gb ddr3 ram, corsair hx850i psu.
In witcher 3 novigrad, which is cpu heavy, i sometimes get gpu usage at like 70% which causes stutter, at the same time cpu usage is around 85%.
When i leave town i get 95-99% gpu usage again and my cpu usage drops.
Dying light same, if cpu usage is high my gpu usage drops.
Battlefield 1 is normally fine in 95-99% gpu usage, except st quentin, but others reported this too.
What can this be? My cpu shouldnt be bottlenecking. Like i said i trid overclocking, didn't help.
nvcp is set to prefer maximum performance and i'm playing at 1440p 144hz.
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:High CPU usage, low GPU usage at times(stutter) gtx 1070

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy,  taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
 
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot. You will see the following prompt:
 &#... Read more

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I had noticed my PC's performance slowing considerably over the past 2 days and it even got to the point where it was taking task manager 10 minutes to load if at all. I tried a number of fixes such as disabling superfetch & windows search, fixing
my RAM, updating Windows 8.1, keeping it turned off for 18hours although none of those worked - I did think maybe if I created another account it would have helped, which it did for an hour til the Disk Usage went haywire again. I wouldn't have to load a single
program for it to be 100% and I am in a desperate need of help.

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Just formatted and installed a new Hitachi HD. After a few weeks, Im now getting a stutter on my computer, and have been unable to track down the culprit.

The only thing I notice is that whenever its doing it, the CPU useage jumps from 1-4% up to 11% and stays there. The stutter never seems to go away, but restarting seems to fix the problem.... though not always. There seems to be no pattern of when it happens, or why. But once it starts, a restart is needed to clear it up. Temps seem to be steady and normal, so I dont think its a heat issue?

I wanna think a program is running in the background and causing the problem, but I cant track it down. Virus scan comes up clean, and running two different spyware programs hasnt helped the problem. Nothing in task manager shows CPU useage. What should I do next?

CPU Specs: XP SP2, P3 3.2, 1gig PC3200, Seagate SATA 80gig and Hitachi 250gig drives, GeForce FX 5700SE

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Something is using CPU, causing computer to stutter

welcome


Quote:




Im now getting a stutter on my computer




check the computer for any yellow alerts in the device manager

what power supply is installed?

post back

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ARRGH! Help!
I've been using itunes for years with no problems whatsoever, it's so easy and nice to look at, and having an ipod aswell i guess i need it! The problem is recently i had a problem booting up to windows (Blue screen of death) so had to reinstall windows and install all my programs etc. back to how things were, but now itunes has picked up an annoying stutter!

It happens randomly when playing music from my library, 0-5 times in a minute, lasting around half a second, but its really annoying. I dont even have to be doing anything, and itunes can be maximised or minimised, makes no difference.

I have Win. xp pro - all updates
Onboard ac97 sound
iTunes 6
1.3Gb Ram
AMD Athlon xp 2400+

I was wondering - if anyone has the program 'SpeedFan', under the S.M.A.R.T. section for hard drives, my main hard drives "raw read error rate" has a warning sign next to it, all my other drives have a big green ok next to it.

Please someone help!
Leon

P.s. i am also getting a lot of IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL blue screens popping up randomly - are they linked???????
 

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I have a Lenovo Ideapad z580, which I have updated today to the latest audio and video driver. The problem is that laptop visuals as a whole (which includes a video-less web page) stutters and lags a bit and continues to do so until there is page scrolling or cursor movement for a few seconds. The audio is always perfectly fine. But once there is user movement, the lag and stuttering stops for another few seconds unless you are constantly moving the cursor or scrolling the page which only temporarily avoids the inevitable stutter/lag.Please help...

Answer:Video/Game constant stutter

hi mattchun,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
Just to verify, do you also encounter the stutter/lag issue if you use other browsers (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, etc.) or even using headphone / earphones?
 
If you do and you have the Intel HD 4000+Nvidia GT 635m , try to:
1. Set the power settings to high performance (Link to picture)
2. Configure Nvidia Control Panel's "Power management mode" from Adaptive to Maximum Performance - see this guide
3. Follow this guide on how to add an app to use with the Nvidia Optimus Technology and observe
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
 
Regards

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Hello all, I have searched all over the internet for a solution to this problem with no luck... I am having an issue with my computer "stuttering", by that i mean, every second or so in random intervals the mouse, keyboard, everything freezes for a split second, then resumes for another second or so and does it again.I downloaded ProcessExplorer to see what was going on, and every time the computer "stutters" the process DPCs shows up at the top for a split second then goes down. Long story short i traced the problem back and found that it has something to do with the internet. When i disconnect from the Internet via right clicking the Internet Access icon in the start bar and disconnecting, problem solved! no more stuttering, but i cant just keep my internet off all the time, i use this computer for online gaming and banking and such.Any help would be greatly appreciated =)Thx, James

Answer:DPCs Causing computer to stutter

What is an "internet access in the start bar?"How do you connect to the internet?

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Hi,

I have a fairly high end computer that for some reason lags/stutters. I have not been able to identify what is causing this even though I've tried quite a few solutions.

The stutter usually appears shortly after restart of the computer. It usually appears as a lag in the mouse pointer when I move it over the monitor to for example hover over a program icon that I'd like to open. For a fraction of a second the pointer freezes before continuing its move. Sometimes the stutter also appears while writing for example a website address in a browser, or writing in a Word document. This stutter does not happen all the time. Sometimes it happens several times over a minute, while sometimes I do not notice anything at all.

I am not very good with computers so I'm not sure what you guys need of information from me to be able to help. Please let me know if there is anything more I can check or do.

This is what I've tried and made a note of as of today:

- I?m using CCleaner regularly (about once a week)
- The stutter appears before I start any programs at all (I have a few programs that do start with Windows though ? closing them does not help)
- I?ve tried to shut down programs one at a time until there are no programs running in the lower right task bar.
- Using CCleaner ? Tools ? Startup ? Windows tab: I?ve stopped all software from running during startup. The stutters do not disappear though.
- To me it sounds as if my HIS Radeon HD 7950 graphics cards fan, or t... Read more

Answer:Please help identify what is causing lag/stutter on my computer

Is this a UEFI/encrypted install? (Some mainboards will allow you to skip this, using a legacy option)

How full is your SSD? (Try another SSD port and/or cable, and disable all unused SATA ports)

Another option, install to your conventional hard drive for testing purposes....

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So I have only had this laptop for a week already and I'm happy about all of its features except I experience extreme stutter lag. The stutter lag effects games, editing software, etc... The lag goes something like this: Hello are you t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-there. The frame will freeze and the audio will loop for about 1-5 seconds. This is gamebreaking when it comes to games, makes it extremely uncomfortable, and its just disrupting. From reading online they say the only cure is to replace your sshd. idk....













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Answer:Lenovo y50-70 Extremely Annoying Stutter LAG!!!

Hi PeterTal,
 
Welcome to the community,
 
I wouldnt jump to replacing anything before trying sometthings.
 
First of all, your machine meets the minimun requirements for softwre you wan to use?
 
second, what enery program do you have set up? I would encourage you to have it at "Best Performance"
 
Let me know how that works out.

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Hi all,

A new, clean install of Windows 10 is behaving very strangely and it's driving me mad.

Granted, this is quite an old computer, X58 + Xeon W3530, so there might be compatibility issues but I'm hoping it's something I can fix in Windows itself.

Firstly, Wireless doesn't work. As it's a desktop, I'm using a USB Wireless adapter (TP Link T2U). It can see my access point but when I enter my password, it just sits at 'Verifying and Connecting' forever.

As a result, I started using my phone with USB tethering. This leads me to my second and perhaps main issue.

Whenever I'm connected to the internet, Windows will start stuttering and lagging. As soon as I disconnect, things will go back to normal. This is especially the case for any Microsoft/Windows services.

- Windows Update takes forever to find and download updates.
- Same with the Store. In fact, it's not completed 1 install.
- Xbox, Mail, etc will take ages to load my details.
- Edge is unusable but strangely, IE11 is a bit better.
- Using Firefox, everything works normally.

Basically, it seems like something is severely affecting Microsoft/Windows services which have network access and limiting their throughput.

Things I've tried already.

- Disabled all unused hardware in the BIOS, e.g. Audio, LAN, extra ports, etc.
- Fully updated all drivers.
- Updated as much as I can using WSUS Offline.

One thing I haven't tried is Safe Mode with Networking, I'll try this later.

Thanks in advance for any help you c... Read more

Answer:Connected network causing Windows to stutter

I'd check the event log for errors, and testing in safe mode is also a good idea.

Did you update the driver on the USB Wifi adapter?

Maybe you need to update your USB port drivers on the motherboard?

When you get the stuttering, what is going on in the task manager? Which processes are spiking?

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Hello all!

I hope I can get 2 for 2 in help here. Last time the help was great!

I have an odd problem with my video game or else video card.

This is in correlation to my first problem for which I posted on here. My video card presumably died and I had to get another for my computer to work properly, heck even connect the monitor. What I got was a EGVA GeForce 9500GT, one that a member here suggested for my computer.

Anyway, since then I had not tried playing my Sims 3 game, but just recently I tried and got an odd 2 second stutter every ten seconds or so. It stutters BOTH the video and sound through the whole opening sequence and loading screen, then also through the game.

I find this odd as before my previous card died, it ran Sims 3 and all the expansion packs perfectly.

All my drivers are updated, video card, DirectX(9 because I run XP)

I have run both MalwareBytes and Spybot for viruses/whatnot, no such luck.

I even did this sequence:
Defrag computer
Run Sims 3, still stutter
Uninstall ALL Sims 3 games
Defrag computer again.
Install Sims 3 Base Game
Play Game, find NO stutter.
Install 1st Expansion World Adventures
Play game, Find stutter once again.

I have scanned with "Can You Run It?" and it believes that my computer is just fine to run the program, with space, memory, CPU...etc.

I have even downloaded the program "Game Booster" which shuts down background processes to speed up performance. Not one change to the stutter.

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Answer:Video Card causing Stutter in Game????

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Once or twice a day I get a half second of stutter where my video and audio will stutter for half a second. The only thing I've found in the Windows Logs seems to be the Software Protection Service starts when the stutter happens. Any ideas? I've done a full format with no luck, stuttering still occurs.

Answer:Software Protection Service causing stutter

Just an update on this, it seem with the PC in "High Performance" mode these stutters don't occur. My processor is overclocked, perhaps that has something to do with it. I know I never had any issues with the same setup on Windows 8.

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I have a Sony VAIO notebook and have noticed that my mouse 'stutters'. Every minutes or so the mouse will stop for a very bried moment and then continue working.

I ran the Perfromance Monitor under the Administrative tools in the XP Control Panel and noticed a CPU spike everytime the mouse stuttered. On closing all of my programs down etc and nothing affecting these spikes I turnwed my wireless netowrk off and hey presto no more mouse stutter. Not a really good solution as I use my laptop all the time for surfing etc.

Any ideas why the wireless network may be causing my mouse to stutter?

Any help would be really apreciated as it's driving me nuts

Cheers

Mark

Sony VAIO PCG-GRT19V laptop
Razer Viper optical mouse
Windows XP Home SP2
Draytek Vidor 2600WE router
Bulldog 8Mb Broadband (and yes it works !!)
 

Answer:Wireless network causing mouse stutter ??

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Once or twice a day I get a half second of stutter where my video and audio will stutter for half a second. The only thing I've found in the Windows Logs seems to be the Software Protection Service starts when the stutter happens. Any ideas? I've done a full format with no luck, stuttering still occurs.

Answer:Software Protection Service causing stutter

Just an update on this, it seem with the PC in "High Performance" mode these stutters don't occur. My processor is overclocked, perhaps that has something to do with it. I know I never had any issues with the same setup on Windows 8.

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I have an eMachine T5212 Desktop computer which previously ran WindowsXP (Home Edition) and I upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit) and I'm using an Audigy Soundblaster LS (24bit) which worked great with XP. But now in 7 I'm getting a constant audio stutter whenever I play audio files. It's a quick robotic stutter that happens repeatedly throughout a song and I use this computer for recording so it's has an effect on my business. It happens on-line or offline, either or and usually my CPU usage isn't high at all.

Things I've Done to Remedy the Problem (but still nothing)
-Updated my soundcard & graphic drivers and all drivers in general
-Checked Windows site to see if my soundcard is compatible
-Updated my Bios to the latest available version, via eMachine's website
-Tried Uninstalling & Reinstalling soundcard using Device Manager
-Check all the wiring and how everything was installed

Any help or advice to remedy this nagging problem would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Constant Audio Stutter after upgrading to Windows 7 (32bit)

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While gaming my fps is 100+ but after sometimes it suddenly drops to 10. After 5 to 10 seconds it goes back to 100+ fps. This process is repeating itself every time. I used MSI Afterburner to record all these events. When the fps drops to 10, I can see that my CPU usage is maximum about 94-100% and my RAM usage also goes up to 94% with drastical increase in the graph. And when the fps goes back to 100+ ; i can see that the cpu & ram usage gets to normal about 50-60%. My stock cpu cooler was damaged so i used another cooler. But I think the temperature of the CPU is fine. Its 50-59 degrees celsius when that issue occurs Please help me.

My specifications

Cpu: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus
Ram: 2GB (dual channel and 1 GB in each slot)
Graphics: Nvidia 210
Graphics driver version: 342.01
 

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I have a Dell desktop computer that is constantly having CPU spikes from <4% to 90+% no matter what I am doing. It does it the entire time the computer is running and never flatlines. I have rub scans with MSSE and Malware Bytes but it has not fixed the problem. I have not found the culprit yet so I wanted to come to the experts. In safe mode it doesnt spike. I will post my HJT log below. Please fire away.

TIA
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 7:24:36 PM, on 12/28/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Motive\McciCMService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBCFMonitorService.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft ActiveSync\wcescomm.exe
C:\Program Files\Digital Line Detect\DLG.exe
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Hello Dan Here!
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I've been dealing with this for days and still have it happening as im typing this. Ever since a few weeks back, my PC has been really messed up. When i start up my PC i sign in as normal and all is fine...untill about 10-20secs later, when my PC has CONSTANT lag spikes causing sound to distort and make awful sounds! I have used DPC Latency Checker and i have LOTS of Red bars all the way up to the top of the chart. It says i have misbehaving drivers but i have gone through all the devices (Well most of them...there are alot) in my device manager that i know isnt that important and disabled, then re-enabled them, and i have had no success. I tried a program called "Speed up my PC" which checks for registry errors, and it said there were alot! I was happy then because i thought i found the problem...but then i used the program to fix them and still...SO MANY LAG SPIKES! I then used the free trial version of drivermax, a program that checks for outdated drivers, but still no success (Btw dont use drivermax, it gives you the wrong drivers causing you to have to re-install them all over again). I've checked LOADS of forums over the web but no success either. Ive never posted a thread on a forum before because normally someone else has the same problem and i can fix it how they did, but this time im not so lucky. Thanks for listening to me ramble on for ages, but i really need to fix this as im a heavy PC gamer and need it to get the stress off from all ... Read more

Answer:[HELP] Constant Lag Spikes

I have done a virus test with Malware Bytes and Windows defender, and they have both found nothing. When i start my PC now i can do things for about 20mins now before everything fu... messes up .

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Hello,

I have been getting constant computer lag spikes ever since 7/26/08. The lag spikes are getting very annoying and I cannot do anything until they randomly vanish at times. When playing music, the lag spikes give a specific sound to it (like a bzzzzzzzzz sound).

The lag spikes appear like this (---- means smooth, | means lag):

--------|----------|---------|-----------|----------|etc.

To fix the issue, I have tried many things. I have done many virus/spyware scans, defragmented ALL hard drives, rebooted the computer numerous times, checked safe-mode, ended useless processes, and finally took the casing out and cleaned all of the dust in the case.

Here is an image of all processes (computer was still lagging when the image was taken).

In doing all this, I decided that it was a hardware problem. When turning on the computer, there is a slight - but noticeable - grinding sound that comes from the casing.

That's all the information I know for now. If you would like a HijackThis! log, I will provide it. By the way, all my system specifications are provided in my profile.

Thank you for your help.
 

Answer:Constant lag spikes

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I have an update, too. When I shut down the computer and turn it back on, it always lags. After that I restart the computer and it never lags anymore. What is the cause of this?
 

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For seemingly months now my computer has been experiencing these random lags with the mouse cursor when I move it. I'll be browsing the net move my cursor to the end of the page and the entire computer will freeze up for maybe 2 seconds before it resumes again. Lately it has been doing it more and too often.

Is this a processor/memory issue? I run a mediocre i5 430 m 4 GB RAM but i don't have tons of programs running. Google Chrome seems to eat a MASSIVE amount of memory, when I add up all those processes for it it comes out to over 500k. That's with only like 3 tabs running and a few extensions (which don't even take up a lot of memory based on Google Chrome's task manager). Oh woops look at that it just froze again as I was typing this. Hah.

Overall memory usage obviously varies but right now i'm operating at 65% which is kind of a lot since I have a few programs running but regardless this problem occurs even at 52%. How can I go about diagnosing the problem?

Answer:Constant lag spikes when I do anything now

Seems to be getting worse. If I move the cursor around the screen really fast it will freeze up and then resume after a few seconds. At one point it did like 4-5 times in a row. Any idea what is causing this?

Oh and it does this everywhere not just when I use an internet browser. I've monitored CPU usage in Task Manager but it doesn't seem to be spiking out of control or anything. The highest it ever gets to is like 45% when I'm doing a bunch of things but that's only for a few seconds

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 I'm using LatencyMon and I have been having audio stuttering problems and I pinpointed it down to the network driver. I have tried everything to uninstalling all network drivers and installing new ones and also installing the one from the lenovo website for the t430. The audio stutter is driving me nuts and its making it very unusable. I have also tried power management making it to performance but nothing works. Please help. The image for the LatencyMon:http://imgur.com/AntHaRs My internet connecton is 100mbps down and 10mbps. My laptop (wireless):http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/5195294004My phone:http://imgur.com/O6dv3hi Why is my laptop only getting 30mbps constant while my phone is getting 100mbps? is my network card faulty? My Specs:Windows 10 64bitIntel 3360M 128 SSD + 750 GB 5200RPM HDD8GB RAM1x1 11b/g/n Wireless LAN PCI Express Half Mini Card Adapter (not sure what the network adapter is) edit: BIOS is up to dateedit2: CPU's temperature is 59-65 degrees celcius constant so I do not believe there is throttling 













Solved!

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Answer:T430 Latency DCP Problem with ndis.sys causing audio stutter

Disable the Bluetooth in Device manager and see if that speeds up your WiFi.   

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Can somebody please give me an idea what might be causing my cpu to spike?? basicallythe mouse stutters and locks up and if i hit cntl/alt/del then it shows the cpu jumping from around 4 to 100%, ive run housecall, avg, pandas titanium and a bunch of other antivirus stuff and it seems to be clean, so im clueless, any help is appreciated.

Also can anyone recommend a registry cleaner thats free and actually works (not microsoft regclean!) preferably a full working version not just a demo or trial that only cleans about ten entries.

Cheers.


windows xp
amd athlon 2200xp
1.79 ghz
768mb ram
 

Answer:Cpu Spike Causing Mouse Stutter And Software Crash!! Aaaargh

I had the same problem when I set a process (I think it was a video editing program) to Real Time priority. To view the priority, press Ctrl-Alt-Del and select the Processes tab. Then select View, Select Columns... and then check the box named Base Priority. Only taskmgr, winlogon, and csrss should have High priority (at least on my computer, yours may be slighty different). However, nothing should have Real Time priority unless you manually choose it. Everything else should be Normal.
Hope this helps! :grinthumb
 

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So I was at my wits end yesterday trying to troubleshoot this issue and when I read the guide it said the culprit will have the highest DPC count so I presumed it was the file at the top, turns out my problem is related to USBPORT.SYS. Now I'm beginning to verify all my drivers are up to date, which this is a fresh install of Windows so I also presumed all the drivers to be up to date. I disabled Windows from installing drivers but when I removed them and rebooted to begin the troubleshooting process, Windows had installed them without my permission. Any suggestions?

I know I have already solved this problem in the past, in task manager a process called "system interrupts" is displayed every time I move my mouse and it uses anywhere from 1% cpu all the way up to 80% cpu. System interrupts is also present when I'm not using my mouse and causes my videos and audio to stutter.

To fix this before I simply located the service in services.msc and disabled it thus system interrupts no longer operated under the DPC, but now I cannot locate the service associated with this process, I never wrote it down. Now I'd like to fix the problem rather than sweep the problem under the rug which I did by disabling a service. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Answer:rspLLL64.sys DPC Count Latency causing audio/video stutter

If DPC would be too high you would get system crash. ( since Windows 7 I think )
Why do you need that driver anyway?

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Hey guys,
For around 6 months i've been having the issue of lag spikes, which are as frequent as every 30 seconds, and last for up to 15 seconds and for this time the pc seems to slow down to almost half speed and when running applications of playing games is very frustrating and difficult to use during the periods of lag. I was wondering what considering my spec could be the main suspect for my problem.

OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 940 Processor, x86 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3071 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114470 MB, Free - 64575 MB;
Motherboard: ASRock, N68C-S UCC
I must also note that I have a 650w atx power supply that is around 6 years old.

Whilst running testing applications, the pc runs them fine without any lag and is very smooth and quick, then suddenly the lag hits, perhaps reduces framerates by 60-70% for several seconds, then return back to smooth running again, which i can't get my head around. My system is clean of viruses/infections, as i regularly do full system scans and also recently reformatted. My system temperatures are also stable as the CPU is running at around 50 degrees idle, up to 70 degrees running a game, and similar with my GPU.

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Answer:Lag Spikes very annoying!

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I have noticed lately that I have a lot of lag on my machine lately and I was hoping to find some help addressing it. Previous to posting I turned the machine off and let it sit a while. When I turned it back on Im seeing CPU use floating around 54% and spiking to 100% periodically. I typically use Firefox to browse so the standard Chrome issues don't apply. I have run Malwarebytes and it turned up nothing. CC Cleaner gets used at least once a week. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks and have a great day!
 

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For the last week or so, I've been getting seemingly random moments of slow-down on my computer. Opening up task manager at this very moment, the CPU usage seems to spike to 100% every couple of seconds (from a baseline of 10-20%, with McAfee, Trillian and Bitcomet running). On the most basic level, this causes the mouse to stumble, rather than glide, across the screen, which is as hugely annoying as you might expect. Also, normal tasks can take forever...I have McAfee set to do a full scan when I'm at work, but lately it still isn't finished when I get home. Video playback stutters, etc.

I am running windows 2k pro on P4 1.6 with 896 of RAM. I've defragged both my master and slave drives. I've run Adaware and Spybot S&D. I'm fairly tempted to just reformat, and maybe get around to installing Win XP at last, but I'd rather avoid that if I can. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Constant slowdown/cpu spikes

Ubik2000 said:

For the last week or so, I've been getting seemingly random moments of slow-down on my computer. Opening up task manager at this very moment, the CPU usage seems to spike to 100% every couple of seconds (from a baseline of 10-20%, with McAfee, Trillian and Bitcomet running). On the most basic level, this causes the mouse to stumble, rather than glide, across the screen, which is as hugely annoying as you might expect. Also, normal tasks can take forever...I have McAfee set to do a full scan when I'm at work, but lately it still isn't finished when I get home. Video playback stutters, etc.

I am running windows 2k pro on P4 1.6 with 896 of RAM. I've defragged both my master and slave drives. I've run Adaware and Spybot S&D. I'm fairly tempted to just reformat, and maybe get around to installing Win XP at last, but I'd rather avoid that if I can. Any ideas?Click to expand...

You might install microsoft's antispybeta1 and run it just to see if the other two has missed something. I seems that your McAfee is not doing it' job for you. I will suggest that you ununstall it and install AVG. It is free and IMHO does a way better job than McAfee
 

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In the past few days, I have been having very regular internet lag spikes. This isn't very noticable while browsing online, but in multiplayer games it is very annoying. Every couple of seconds or so my ping will jump to around 300. I have done a scan on my computer with malwarebytes and microsoft security essentials.

I'm using windows 7 64 bit, and I am on a wired connection.
 

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Hey guys,
I've been having problems for a while now with my internet constantly ping spiking. I'm not sure why this is happening, it could be my ISP or my modem, i don't know. Is there any way i can identify this issue?

Thank you
 

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In a specific games when you activate the voice chat, there's massive frame drops and sound loop stuttering that happens from time to time.  In my case, it's very common in TF2.  It's doesn't always happen, but does seem particular to specific games.  I spent some time reading about this, and this problem (along with other various problems) seems directly tied to the Realtek HD Audio driver and is fairly consistent across multiple computers.  The earliest example I found for this bug is 2010, where someone noted that it happened after an update on their computer and they had to regress their driver to fix it. The onboard audio chip in the Y500 isn't that sophisticated.  Some of what the Realtek driver does is offloaded to the CPU.  There's something that happens when you activate the microphone in some games that causes the game to suddenly drop in CPU usage.  So, I tried something different under a theory.  If I uninstalled the Realtek driver and rebooted Windows (tested with Windows 8.0), then Windows would see that my audio didn't have a driver and would install one for me.  Well, it did.  It installed a Lenovo made driver from June 2012.  It did not install a Realtek driver.  This Lenovo made driver, tested in TF2, completely fixed the push to talk game stuttering that has plagued this computer since day one (with various severity). So, if you're running WIndows 8.0, try uninstalling your Realtek d... Read more

Answer:Y500 In game voice chat causing stutter: Possible Solution Found

I've tested this further. It appears to completely fix issues wit game stuttering while using voice chat.

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I must have opened something online or downloaded something I shouldn't have because these two issues are brand new and they're pissing me off! I could use some help. About to go to bed because I've spent too much time tonight trying to figure it out and coming up with nothing.
 
Anyone have any idea about either of my fun new issues?
 
 

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Hello,
I seem to have a similar problem as the following person:
CPU Spikes - HJT Log.

I experience random bouts of 1-2 seconds cpu spikes where my cpu would spike from 5-10% to 100% and causes audio and video interruptions. These spikes seem to happen regardless of what I am doing, whether i'm playing games or just reading random wikipedia articles. No program appears to change CPU usage during the spikes.

I've already tried many different suggestions found online including:
Changing my minimum and maximum virtual memory to 2x my RAM.
Checking my AC adapter and removing my battery
Changing my HD settings so that it doesn't idle
Virus scan turns up nothing

I'm new to the forum so I don't all the different logs required. Please bear with me.

Thank you for your time.

Answer:Random CPU Spikes causing lag

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Every few minutes at varying intervals, svchost.exe will consume 100% cpu for 3 to 10 seconds.

I probably wouldn't have noticed or cared except that when this happens, dns stops working. For example, if I'm using Firefox and attempting to load a website, instead of quickly resolving the dns for the url and taking me to the site, it will be stuck on "Looking up [site url]" until the svchost.exe stops taking up 100% cpu.

The process is listed under task manager as being a network service, so I think it's safe to say it's not a virus or anything.

I'm running Windows XP SP2 on an AMD system.

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so about the time dead space 2 came out i had a problem. (heads up it was a while ago so my memory is vague ) basically when it required more cpu power it would turn on a fan or do some thing. but what it would turn on would short out and then cause the 100% cpu usage for ages.

this is happening again and unfortunately since it was so long ago i can not remember the exact and the company that fixed it do not keep records back that far.

any assistance you can provide would be much appreciated
 

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Hello.
I have recently encountered weird problems with Windows 10, such as not being able to adjust the brightness (upon booting up, the brightness is either 0% or 100%), and sudden lag spikes that affect FPS by dropping it to 0 for 1-2 seconds, every 3 seconds. I have recently updated AMD Radeon drivers, and Windows 10 has also updated itself (which has always messed up everything) Also, now when the screen goes black (sleep mode), it always requires me to log in back to my Windows account, and it didn't do that before Windows updated itself.
The lag that I'm experiencing, is NOT connection-based lag, so my internet connection and everything works perfectly. It just the FPS that drops suddenly. It just freezes everything for a moment. It also doesn't require me playing a game or anything; just being on the desktop, having nothing open, will still make the lag spikes occur. My processor runs on the desktop around 8-24%, and when the lag spikes occur, it doesn't change at all. So nothing's draining the processor, I guess. Also the memory and all the others stay on the same level.
I really don't care about my other W10 problems; I just want to play without lag spikes.
I am using a HP Laptop that's not that efficient, but I have always been able to play games like Minecraft with decent settings on 60FPS.
And also, I have P2P disabled; that shouldn't be a problem.

Does anyone have any tips to fix this? Help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Annoying Windows 10 Lag Spikes

Hi, what happens if you roll back the graphics driver?

'Idle' cpu use at 8-24% seems high.. certainly my experience of Win 10 is there may be noticeable periods of higher CPU use e.g. after logging in, and Bitdefender during that time and occasionally at other times is more noticeable in using CPU time than I've seen it in other Windows, but once things have settled (no routine maintenance, updates etc), you might reasonably expect under 8%.

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Hello.
I have recently encountered weird problems with Windows 10, such as not being able to adjust the brightness (upon booting up, the brightness is either 0% or 100%), and sudden lag spikes that affect FPS by dropping it to 0 for 1-2 seconds, every 3 seconds. I have recently updated AMD Radeon drivers, and Windows 10 has also updated itself (which has always messed up everything) Also, now when the screen goes black (sleep mode), it always requires me to log in back to my Windows account, and it didn't do that before Windows updated itself.
The lag that I'm experiencing, is NOT connection-based lag, so my internet connection and everything works perfectly. It just the FPS that drops suddenly. It just freezes everything for a moment. It also doesn't require me playing a game or anything; just being on the desktop, having nothing open, will still make the lag spikes occur. My processor runs on the desktop around 8-24%, and when the lag spikes occur, it doesn't change at all. So nothing's draining the processor, I guess. Also the memory and all the others stay on the same level.
I really don't care about my other W10 problems; I just want to play without lag spikes.
I am using a HP Laptop that's not that efficient, but I have always been able to play games like Minecraft with decent settings on 60FPS.
And also, I have P2P disabled; that shouldn't be a problem.

Does anyone have any tips to fix this? Help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Annoying Windows 10 Lag Spikes

Hi, what happens if you roll back the graphics driver?

'Idle' cpu use at 8-24% seems high.. certainly my experience of Win 10 is there may be noticeable periods of higher CPU use e.g. after logging in, and Bitdefender during that time and occasionally at other times is more noticeable in using CPU time than I've seen it in other Windows, but once things have settled (no routine maintenance, updates etc), you might reasonably expect under 8%.

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Hi, I'm using an edge 13 running the intel u7300 chip, for quite a while there have been random stutters that last about 20 seconds when listening to music on itunes or watching videos, either through vlc or on youtube.I look on task manager and notice that the cpu maxes out for the time that it occurs and in the processes tab that pcdrui.exe or something to do with pc doctor diagnostic is what is sending the cpu to 100%.I had a bit of  a read about the pc doctor software on it's site and apparrently it shouldn't be running in the background like this. Has anyone had a similar problem and do you think it's a problem with pc doctor or something else on the computer?Is it worth uninstalling the pc doctor stuff, or is it important for the computer to run well, although it appears to be doing the opposite at the moment. I've had a few blue screens of death shut downs, not sure why, but when I run system diagnostics with the thinkvantage toolbox all of my software is up to date and no hardware faults are detected  

Answer:Audio stutter associated with high cpu usage by pc doctor

Recent versions of PC Doctor definitely do run in the background periodically. To fully disable (but not uninstall), use MS Autoruns, find all likely autostarted processes and uncheck them. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902 Ian 

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Very annoying feature on my new SL400 - every few seconds my cpu usage goes way up and causes my mouse to stutter as I move it. the process that is clearly at fault is gfnexsrv.exe - it is sucking my cpu cycles.  It appears, from literature to be related to hotkeys.  Is there any way to reduce its impact?  I am precluded from changing its priority.  It makes using this laptop extemely difficult. Craig

Answer:major mouse stutter, CPU usage by gfnexsrv.exe

I've got the same problem.. any news?  I moved my mouse around until it stuttered while watching task manager and I noticed the gfnexsrv process moving to the top in cpu usage.





Lenovo SL300 Ownerearning an MSECE at GATech, with undergrad in BME.

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I'm not 100% sure it's malware, but considering I've connected to the internet from other people's houses I'm pretty sure it is. Enclosed is my Hijackthis Log, it effects gameplay as well as internet browsing. Lag happens very consistently after about 5 minutes, for 30 seconds or so.

Thanks for your help

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:45:24 PM, on 11/16/2007
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16546)

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\sttray.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_TrayIcon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exe
C:\Windows\System32\WLTRAY.EXE
C:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_Engine.exe
C:\Windows\CNYHKey.exe
C:\Windows\ModLEDKey.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ONENOTEM.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\McAfee\MSC\mcregist.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPS\mpsevh.exe
C:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
c:\program files\mcafee\msc\mcuimgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\Loader\aolload.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Windows\explorer.exe
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Answer:Constant lag spikes: Tested on different locations

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:37:09 PM, on 6/3/2011
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16766)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://www.crawler.com/search/dispatcher.aspx?tp=aus&qkw=%s&tbid=60452
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Windows\SysWOW64\blank.htm
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
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Answer:Mouse causing in game CPU spikes

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Specs:
Asus A8n32 sli delux
AMD Duo Core Overclock 2.8mhz
Corsair pc3200 4 gig ( reads 3 vista 32 bit ) 400mhz platinum
evga nividia gts 8800
wireless linksys g pci adapter
Vista Ultimate 32 bit

So my OS was just reinstalled. All my drivers are up to date. I play WoW, and I was noticing during it that I would get spikes. At first I thought it was the server, but I now know its my NIC, or something closely related.

I narrowed this down by running the game and same exact programs on my laptop and I do not get ANY kind of lag what so ever. My laptop gets a lower ping constantly, never goes above 100. My desktop does stay over 100 for the most part, both of them in the same spot.

I am running cable internet, with a wrt54gs linsys router. I have made a static ip and opened ports on my router to see if that would work.

It is incredibly annoying, I am out of ideas, and it seems to be stumping a lot of people

Answer:Wireless NIC causing small spikes...

Have the latest drivers downloaded?

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I have recently been having a problem where my cpu usage spikes anywhere from 25-50% every 10 seconds due to the WMIPrvSE.exe service. I tracked it using process explorer and it is obviously the problem in question. The red is tracking the WMIPrvSE.exe process.
I followed the tutorial found here How to get the cause of high CPU usage caused by apps? - MSFN Forum
to try and figure out what process within this WMIPrvSE.exe is causing the spikes. It appears that it is an ntdll.dll issue but I have no clue about how to remedy this.

The dump file from using xperf can be found here: latency zip

Using process explorer I found that the Thread ID is 3508 and starts at address: ntdll.dll!RtlDosSearchPath_Ustr+0x69a

The entire stack for the thread looks like this:

ntoskrnl.exe!memset+0x64a
ntoskrnl.exe!KeWaitForMultipleObjects+0xd52
ntoskrnl.exe!KeWaitForSingleObject+0x19f
ntoskrnl.exe!__misaligned_access+0xba4
ntoskrnl.exe!__misaligned_access+0x1821
ntoskrnl.exe!KeWaitForMultipleObjects+0xf5d
ntoskrnl.exe!KeRemoveQueueEx+0x323
ntoskrnl.exe!ExQueryAttributeInformation+0x189f
ntoskrnl.exe!KeDetachProcess+0x4d2
ntoskrnl.exe!KeSynchronizeExecution+0x3a43
ntdll.dll!ZwWaitForWorkViaWorkerFactory+0xa
wow64.dll!Wow64EmulateAtlThunk+0x1c993
wow64.dll!Wow64SystemServiceEx+0xd7
wow64cpu.dll!TurboDispatchJumpAddressEnd+0x2d
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wow64.dll!Wow64LdrpInitialize+0x429
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Answer:ntdll.dll module causing CPU spikes

So the question is, what is calling WMI to scan the machine? The ntdll binary is just an API binary, and "does what it's told", so to speak. Given the binary causing the CPU work is wmiprvse (WMI provider engine), some process on the machine is calling into WMI to get information (which spawns a WMI provider to do the work). In looking at the xperf trace, it appears there could be a few culprits, but xperf is not the best tool for process parent tracing if you don't enable stackwalking of that data in the trace (which you didn't). It would be easier at this point to run Process Monitor to track back the process PID of the wmiprvse.exe that consumes the CPU to it's parent - it's *probably* a service, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ultimately walks you back to the HP ProtectTools on the machine (I do see hpqwmiex.exe running on this box), but it's hard to say with an xperf.

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Hi,

Lately when I've been using Firefox or almost any other program, my computer usage spikes to about 60~70% which lasts around a second. When it happens everything lags and it seems to be caused by the System process. I've scanned my computer, but nothing was found and it's really getting annoying.
Here is my Hijack this log if it helps any.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:53:05 PM, on 2/9/2010
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6002.18005)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exe
C:\Windows\system32\SearchFilterHost.exe
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Over the past few months I've noticed that whenever using any software that outputs audio, that the System process occasionally causes a CPU overload which last about 2 minutes. Using Process Manager, I found that the thread within the System process was actually caused by kmixer.sys, which I found is the Microsoft Kernel Wave Audio Mixer. To make sure that this is the only thread causing the problem, I suspended it in Process Manager, which sorted out the CPU spikes, with the cost of any audio dependent software not functioning. Is there any way that I could possibly fix this issue? I hope that the following is enough information for you:

Microsoft Windows XP
Media Centre Edition Version 2002
Service Pack 3
Realtek HD Audio Soundcard
AMD Turion 64 Mogile
Technology MK-36
2.00GHz, 896 MB of RAM
kmixer.sys version: 5.1.2600.5512

Anything would be of real help, thanks.

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Since the condition is still significant since the time I previously posted a thread on this issue, I'll just copy paste it. "No matter what setting, no matter what game, I seem to always get frame rate drops for around 40 seconds to a minute. While using MSI afterburner to check the graphics cards' performance I noticed that during the lag spikes, the GPU usage drops significantly, increasing back to normal once it ends.Computer Specs:Lenovo Y410PIntel i7-4700MQ 2.4 GhzNvidia GT 755M 2Gb (Latest Drivers)8 Gb RAMWindows 8An example of the frame rate drop would be running Battlefield 3 at over 80 frames per second before dropping to 30-40 regardless of what's happening on the screen. This was even at medium-ish settings to account for the lag spike, at my preferable high settings I would be forced down to ~25 FPS during the lag spikes." Any idea what the issue is or how to fix it?

Answer:Y410P Annoying Lag Spikes in All Games

Are you overheating? Chances are that since the GPU usage drops, it's the CPU that's throttling.Use something like HWMonitor to check the temperatures.

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Recently(last couple of days) I have been getting constant CPU spikes of up to 100%, they last about 5-10 seconds, make everything stutter and almost freeze, no crashes as of yet, also playback on audio and video seems to be messed up even when the spike is over, sometimes it sounds staticy, other times it the playback is extremely slowed(taking 5 seconds to play 1 second of video/audio). Happens Across Programs too, as in chrome and wmp both have the slow playback problem. Seems to happen most commonly when I load a video/game. I have done a little research on what can cause this and I am fairly certain that it isn't a virus(I've done a full scan several times with Malwarebytes and came back clean), it also isn't dust as the computer is new (about 2 months) and the results from Speccy say i'm at about mid 30s for CPU,motherboard and storage, GPU is at about mid 40s. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am unable to play games which is what I bought the PC for. If you need more information please let me know. Specs Below

CPU: i5-4690K 3.50GHz (Non Overclocked)
MoBo: Msi Z97 Gaming 5
OS: WIndows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Answer:constant CPU spikes when gaming/watching video

Set all your cores to Turbo up to 4.0 GHz in the Bios, see if that helps.

Go into the bios, enable sync all cores, then find cpu features, could be near the bottom and change each turbo limit to 40.

Save and exit bios.

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Hi guys, 
 
For ages now our internet connectivity has been incredibly unstable. Sometimes it works for a few days in a row and then some days I can barely keep a connection for 5 minutes before I have to reset everything again. We've had this with several different modems and routers, and yesterday we got a new one from Ziggo. Currently I am the only one connected to our router/modem, aside from an Ipad and a printer.
 
Currently I am only using Chrome and Skype, but I can still see my total I/O speed go up to 200-300 kbps.
I tried to play 2 game of League of Legends earlier, where I (on good days) normally have a ping of up to 50ms, but today it kept going up and down between 50-ish and 1500-ish, making it just impossible to play (well). I don't really know if these are related, but I can't really find any reason why this is happening.
 
I am using Windows 7 Ultimate.
Our new modem is a new combined router/modem, Ubee evw321b.
 
Thanks in advance, 
 
Thibauld
 
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Answer:Constant huge spikes in network activity

Hello,I will be helping you with your problems. Please be patient while I assist you.Some points for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of us Please do NOT run, install or uninstall any programs,  unless instructed to do so. We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.    Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text. Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.    Please read every post completely before doing anything.  Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.    Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.  A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous p... Read more

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I've just started using wireless again after being on wired for a long time and I am having some severe ping troubles.
Previous to being on wired and using wireless I had no issues but now coming back to it something is wrong.

Issue:
Ping spikes of over 1000ms to my router at random intervals

Pinging to my router:

Code:
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=587ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1362ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
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Answer:Computer causing ping spikes to router

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So I am pretty certain I'm having a PC side issue which is causing my pings to spike once per minute. I have talked with my isp and other technicians for long enough now to have eliminated all of the expected hardware / modem / isp network issues. They've changed the fittings on the modem/router (it's a combination one) and checked all the numbers, got the signal under control because it was getting overpowered at first, scanned for the wireless channel with the least noise and set the router to permanently use the channel as opposed to auto-scanning every minute (not that I could see this affecting the wired connection anyways).If I ping my router constantly (or any website, or run a tracert etc.) I will see a large spike in latency (up to 4000ms) once per 60 seconds, this only occurs when running my standard win7 boot from my SSD, if I run windows from another hard drive or from this SSD but in safe mode with networking the spikes do not occur at all. Other devices such as tablets and my phone do not experience the spikes on the same network.Network drivers are updated, I have run malwarebytes, ccleaner, adwcleaner, roguekiller, combofix and removed everything they found. I have tried disabling windows firewall (I re-enabled when it did not solve the issue), I have tried a couple of network tcp optimization tools. Nothing has solved the issue yet, I have already asked on various networking forums and no one can figure it out.I have tried closing all processes... Read more

Answer:Windows or software causing latency spikes.

What is your Security Suite? Have you ever had avast as security software? Have you tried uninstalling  your Security software and then checking your latency? Do you get the spikes when connected via Ethernet?
 
You may get a better response posting in the Networking Forum.

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Hello. For the last week or so, my network traffic has seemed to be related to some pretty sever spikes in my CPU usage. These spikes are causing extreme stuttering in my music playback, freezing of my cursor, and other symptoms of a really laggy computer. This pretty much occurs whenever I use the internet in any way. The worst spikes are when I'm loading webpages in Google Chrome and seeding on uTorrent, often freezing my cursor and music for several seconds at a time, though they're not limited to those two softwares. Prior to this last week, I've never had this problem. My CPU usage never caused any stuttering or lag beyond just slow-running software, but now it's becoming a real issue to use my computer. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do to troubleshoot this or solve this problem, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!

Answer:Network Traffic Causing Huge Spikes in CPU

sounds like your browser might be corrupted you ever try a different browser before or let me ask how long you been using that particular one you speak of and how many time have you updated all the drivers?

Also i might add using bit torrent sites are viruses waiting to happen just my opinion

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Hello,
I have an issue with my Clevo w150hr, I experience some horrific lag spikes (freeze). My laptop turns on fine, boots properly, but it haves some freezes of like 1 second. Sometimes after 30 min to 1 hr of running this lag spikes stops. I have changed the RAMs and HDD. As well I had a repair done on it like 3 months before this nightmare started. That time was a problem with the northbridge.
I am curious if anybody else experienced this kind of issues before. If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them.
Thank you for reading, Liviu.
My system is: Intel Core i7-2630qm 2Ghz processor
555M 2GB GT GeFoce Nvidia
8GB RAM DDR3 Crosair
120 GB SSD Kingston + 500 GB HDD Segate

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Question: CPU usage spikes

i have a dell inspiron 4100 where the cpu utilization jumps like a heart beat from 2-5% up to 60-70%. any idea of possible causes? when playing mp3's they stutter when the spikes happen. i tried shutting down all applications and it just doesn't stop. ok it did stop twice but i have no idea why, it seems to happen after being on for 5+ hours but a reboot and it comes back. never rebooting the lap top is not a solution. did all the win updates and no issues with drivers in device manager. happens both wireless and connected to a lan. way open to ideas for trouble shooting.
thanks
 

Answer:CPU usage spikes

rick,
that is the problem. i am running win xp and have closed all the applications that dont cause system failure and nothing stops this spike ossilation. explorer sometimes jumps around on the cpu usage but not exactally in tune to the spike heartbeat. also lsass.exe jumps around, but not every time i restart. i tried every system restore point(none worked), closing all the applications from the task manager processes page. there is 512mb of ram and only 130-160mb show use on processes page. on the application page it is blank. if it were my laptop i would just reformat because i am out of ideas, but it is not mine to make that call.
thanks for the help got any thing else?
greg
 

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Question: CPU usage spikes

Hey everyone!

I have been having CPU usage problems for some time now. Recently i bought a new cooler for my CPU to resolve that problem. Before i had 70C while gaming while now i have 35C tops, but still CPU usage goes up and down fast. I downloaded Procexp to see what is going on and i captured few processes that caused higher CPU usage while i wasn't playing games.

Here i only had skype,steam and two chrome tabs open. Here are the pics:

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I was on tomshardware asking regarding this issue and they suggested me to manually update my windows, which i did but nothing changed.

This problem causes fps drops while playing games which is really noticable because i lose around 50fps for few seconds and it goes back to normal. Did a virus scan - 0 threats.

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Question: CPU usage spikes

My mouse cursor "pauses" for a second or two at irregular intervals (several times a minute, on average). This started about a week ago. I've found that it is being caused by my CPU usage spiking, more specifically, services.exe is jumping up from 00 to 17 or 35 for example. This coincides with the pauses. Interestingly, the system idle process goes down by more than the services goes up, and everything else stays 00 or tiny numbers. Services may jump to 24 but system idle may go down to 50, however the usage chart under performance shows spikes to 50% for example.

I just noticed... apdproxy.exe also spikes simultaneously with services.exe. (Adobe photoshop?) That may explain the total, I cannot say if there is anything hidden.

The pauses occur at all times, they occur in games or any application, so I don't think it's related to my video. In fact, they are not related to high CPU usage per se, only to the services.exe (and apdproxy.exe) spikes. I can run intense programs that put total usage around 50 and things work fine, until those spikes again. Or I can do next to nothing with usage at 1, and things will stop with those spikes.

I ran a full boot scan including archives and did find the following: win32: spyware-gen, win32: adware-gen, win32:newdotnet-B, win32:malware-gen, win32:Fraudo, and win32:trojan-gen. All of these were put into the AVAST chest or I got the message "object not found".

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Answer:CPU usage spikes

I just uninstalled the Adobe photo downloader and now the spikes are much smaller, but they still hang the computer up the exact same way. Now usage from services goes from 1 to 6 and the cursor pauses as much as when it went to 35.
 

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Question: CPU usage spikes

I have this annoying problem where my cpu usage seems to spike to 19% ever 5 secs.

I keep my computer really clean with no spyware or viruses, but just incase I ran adaware, spybot and norton to check and nothing was found. I uninstalled whole bunch of old software that I never use anymore also.

This just started happening 1 day ago. Its annoying when I'm playing games and it would just freeze then skip every 5 secs.

I looked at my processes and nothing seems suspisious, but something must be causing it. In my task manager under processes, its always "System" that shows 19 under the CPU column every 5 secs.

I'm using Windows XP Pro and everything is updated.

I'm lost
If someone knows what it is, or maybe how to narrow it down that would be great, Thx.
 

Answer:CPU usage spikes

Does this happen when playing Doom3? Does it happen on any other game? Do some games work ok? Does it spike when you are not gaming or is only after a game has started? What exactly did you do one day ago? Hardware specs in your machine?

There is another thread going with a guy having the same issue, it's posted here.

Need some more info on your part.

Cheers.
 

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Question: CPU Usage spikes

Hi,

My Laptop has been suffering performance issues and I have identified two culprit processes using Process Explorer which seem to constantly spike the CPU - svchost.exe:3044 (DcomLaunch) and WmiPrvSE.exe:1212. When I look at the threads of these processes there seems to be a common link with what is causing the high CPU spikes, always with a Start Address : RPCRT4.dll!NdrTypeFlages+0x400 (Please see images below).

It would seem that this has something to do with a plug and play device so may be a driver issue but I'm not sure which one.

Any help in further identifiing what the issue may be would be most appreciated.

Many Thanks.

Answer:CPU Usage spikes

It may be a good idea to boot with a clean boot
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup - Windows 7 Help Forums
You will be working with minimum services. If you no longer have the problem, put the services back one at a time until you can determine the cause of your problem
Run a full scan with your anti virus. Download and run a full scan with Malwarebytes.

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Question: CPU Usage Spikes

I have noticed the past few weeks that my CPU usage spikes anywhere from 50-100% for no apparent reason. I have a custom built pc which I reinstall XP every 3 months or so to keep the system clean. There seems to be no reason for the spikes. I am also idling anywhere from 0-25%. I have never had this problem and this install of XP is only about a month old. I run AVG anti-virus along with several spyware/malware scanners and clean the registry often. I have sufficient disk space, memory, and cpu power to drive my system! Programs and music are very choppy and lag a fair amount - VERY ANNOYING! If anyone has any insight into my problem, please let me know!!! Thanks!
 

Answer:CPU Usage Spikes

You re-install XP ever 3 months or so to keep it 'clean'? That is most definitely not necessary...
 

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Question: CPU Usage spikes

Hi guys!

Hope this is the right place to post. Recently, my computer usage has been spiking to 100% during gaming but the game's actual process doesn't take up much memory. It seems like there's some kind of ghost process running in the background. I've run full scans with Avast, Malware Bytes and Spybot but although they found malware and one virus, they haven't had any impact on the problem.
I'm not sure where to proceed from here. My specs are:

W7 Ultimate 32 Bit
4 GB RAM
57GB hard drive (Small, but has been running fine for years)
i5-2380p CPU @ 3.10ghz 3.40ghz

Answer:CPU Usage spikes

Hi pieman1234,

What kind of games do you play on your computer if you don't mind me asking?

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Hi everyone.

I am posting about a concern in CPU usage. When running wmp it becomes garbled because I am assuming excessive CPU usage. I see the spikes happening but they stop so quickly that I cannot see what process is causing it.

I can only have only one browser window open and the wmp playing and it still gets garbled.

I have AVG on my computer which gets regularly updated. It runs scans daily and has not come up with anything. I run Ccleaner once a week.

Any suggestions as to what to check would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Spikes in CPU usage

Cindy, (My sister's name also)
Many times these spikes are caused by other programs running in the background. You said you have AVG, Has either Symantec's Norton or Mcaffee anti virus programs ever been on this machine? If yes, has the special removal tool been run, on the bottom of this page?
http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20

I find one of these on almost every machine I work on and, esp. norton, it's updater sometimes is causing these spikes. If uncertain, run both, no harm can come.

Then go to Ccleaner tools, click the startup button and take a picture of what is starting up. But do not use ccleaner to manage your programs. If needed, I can show you that later.

Also, what is your OS and how much RAM do you have? Any more details you can provide may be helpful.
 

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Hi,

I did a search, and found many other 100% CPU usage threads, but none of them seemed to really help much.

My computer:
Dell Inspiron 9100
P4 3Ghz
512RAM
WinXP SP2

(I run Adaware and Spybot almost daily)

Here's my problem:

A while back I received some sort of message that said I needed to reauthorize my Norton Internet Security (2005). In hindsight I realize it was probably pretty stupid to agree to it, but I said ok. It didn't ask for a password or anything. The problem is I can hardly remember what it said, or what the window looked like, or any of the details.

But now my computer will go to 100% CPU usage when I'm doing something simple like browsing the internet (I'm using IE). Pretty much all activity now is slowed, and this gets extremely frustrating. This computer is less than a year old, and so the difference in performance between when I first got it and now is unbelievable.

I can't even use iTunes anymore, it's just too slow, and the sound breaks up when I use iTunes for longer than about 5 minutes.
Now, I posted this message on another tech support forum a while ago, and the people tried to help, but it really did not solve anything. I posted my Hijack This log, and it was apparently clean; someone had me download a program called TDS-3 and CleanUp! to attempt to clean things up, but nothing worked. Someone suggested a reinstall IE, but I don't know how to do that.

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