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My xps cpu is always on 99%. better yet, everything i do takes up do that level. even a simple mouse scroll. i upgrade the cpu to a 2.0Gz but its the same. i have the latest drivers updates.
it took me almost 2 hours to install win xp.
any sugestions??

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  • v_m_lima Aug 15, 2008

    as a laptop the only things i can remove is the cpu and ram. but still i will try the ram. but it problably is the chipset...

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One of three things 1- virus, 2- failing processor, 3- failing motherboard component. Initially I would have said virus, but it would be constant, the mouse scroll wouldn't have any effect, and you've loaded a new operating system, so virus is out, then bad processor, but you've replaced it, so, we're left with bad motherboard component. This could be a component device that connects to the motherboard, or a chip, resistor, capacitor, etc... that is integrated into the board. You can determine which by disconnecting everything from the board except the screen and keyboard, then get the cpu usage level, if it's way up there, then it's going to be an integrated component, if not, then put the devices back, one at a time, until you see the usage spike, then you'll know which to replace. If it's an integrated component, then you can take it to a service center to have the exact problem component traced and replaced, or you can simply replace the motherboard.

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