Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
I was performing a back up and the system crashed. System=iwll
P4R533-n P2.4ghz 1066 1gig rdram. Necessary to format C and using an image copied to the 80 gig WD 7400, The macine takes forever. Task manger=systen idle at 00- CPU at 100% There are no apps running and the best I can get is 65-70% system idle process. What ever I open msconfg/control panel ect takes forever. When I run the mouse over to the start button the flash light symbol appears as it looks for the start menu. I tried two HD with the same result removed the pci cards and the same. I am thinking motherboard but it does run. Maby upgrade the board but don't what card to buy????????? LOST
I will try to help you out with this. First, don't be too rash and run out and get a new motherboard, since I think you have a software problem not a hardware one. I will try to get you to diagnose your system a little, and we can get through this together.
With your system booted up, do a CTRL-Alt-Del. I know you did this already, but you were looking at something different. When the task manager comes up, it says no apps are running, but did you look at the processes running? Click on the "Processes" tab, and then click on the CPU column twice. (First click will sort and put the heaviest running processes on the bottom, second click will put them at the top!). Now you have a good indication of what your system is working hardest at. Some viruses/malware etc., will do exactly what you are talking about, including eating all of your CPU time. If you have a process that is 95% or higher on that list, that is your problem. If it has a name like "sdfioiuyw" or such garbage, it is probably a virus/worm. First, highlight the process eating all of the CPU time and then click "End Process". Once that process ends, your computer should be running normally.
Assuming that the above paragraph went well, the next thing is to try to figure out what caused it. First I would run one of the available virus scanners, then a malware scanner, and finally an adware scanner. Following the instructions for each of the above programs, you should be back in business, and happy with a system running pretty fast.
I hope this helps you out!
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