CPU usage indicate how much of a workload is being handled by the CPU.

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Will a CPU upgrade speed up my web browsing? How to tell?

My CPU model is 2 and a half years old now, released Intel Q4'2010. How can I determine if getting a new CPU will improve how fast I surf the Internet, versus getting a better ISP subscription?
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CPU usage doesn't add up

My computer has been acting a little wonky today (it's been running a little slow), so I decided to open up the task manager to look at CPU usage. Why does the top CPU usage not add up to the total ...
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CPU usage and speed of program

This is for my server. The scenario goes as follows: Computer A has a faster processor than computer B. They both execute the same program, but Computer A's CPU usage only goes up to 30% while ...
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Task/Services has high CPU, but how to find out what it is doing?

nearly daily some service is starting a task and never finishs. This task uses an entiry cpu core, which results in high fan activity. Using ProcessExplorer I found out that it might be a service ...
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CPU usage according to lxde applet and task manager is different than top

The CPU usage in top (htop) appears normal but the task manager and lxde CPU applet don't. Here is a screenshot: This is Lubuntu 12.04 Is this a bug?
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Decompiled DSDT table, looking for fan values, can't locate. table inside

I have the suspicion that my laptop doesn't set it's fan speed to 100% even when the CPU is hot. This is because I can barely hear the fan when the CPU is > 95 degrees or so. So i'm trying to check ...
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Max CPU on everything

I just reinstalled windows 7 ultimate 32 bit on my desktop PC, and it seems like every program I try to run maxes one of my CPUs! its ridiculous! Every time I load a web page in any browser it maxes a ...
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Opera - How to make it run faster?

I'm using Opera version 12.13 under Windows XP home. It needs ~50% of my CPU and it takes a few seconds if open or close a tab. How can I make it run faster and if possible with less CPU usage? I ...
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JSON formatted text file makes CPU jump to 100%

I'm editing a JSON formatted text file in Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2) on a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM. The file is approx. 3 MB large so it's not very big. Anyhow this is making both ...
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How can I use sar to track processor and memory usage?

I'm running some load tests on a application hosted on one of my server and I wanted to track the processor and memory usage over a period of time e.g. 30 minutes. I've read that I can do this with ...
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HD 1080p .mkv videos don't play smooth. Is it a CPU, GPU, player or OS issue?

I have some .mkv 1080p videos but VLC can't play them smoothly. If I open the Task Manager, I can see that CPU is at 100%, because VLC uses as much as it can (95% or more). Then, I wonder Is it a ...
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Windows 8 not using max CPU speed on heavy operations

On my Windows 8 laptop, whenever I'm doing video transcoding with Handbrake, it seems to limit the CPU usage to 44% and the CPU frequency to 42% or 43% of max allowed. That probably means the CPU ...
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How to deal with a misbehaving dllhost.exe?

In the last few days, I've been having persistent problems by... something that causes a dllhost.exe process to spawn and consume minutes and minutes of CPU time. Procexp says: While fascintating, ...
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rundll32.exe : infected examples pushing cpu to %100 . Malware bytes couldnt detect it niether could Win Def how do i fix it [duplicate]

My laptop is almost useless. The rundll32 application is infected with malware. I have tried several malitious software removal tools all for nought.
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Asterisk Has Consistent 100% CPU Load On One Core

http://i.imgur.com/sySQfsH.png Please note the screenshot. I have an Ubuntu 12.10 box running Asterisk. I ssh'ed into the server the other day to find asterisk running at 100% CPU on one core, and i ...
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Ping vs CPU usage

I’m working on some measurements and the ping results are intriguing me. I tested it in several scenarios and the results are the same: the ping results are better when the CPU load is higher. The ...
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'top' output baffles me

top - 18:22:21 up 98 days, 23:26, 4 users, load average: 2.73, 2.85, 2.60 Tasks: 210 total, 1 running, 209 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie Cpu(s): 3.6%us, 2.5%sy, 0.0%ni, 87.7%id, 5.1%wa, ...
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How do I use cpulimit with ImageMagick?

I am converting (using ImageMagick) a directory of image files (using a bash for loop in shell). I notice that "convert" is taking up a large amount of CPU use (88% and up). However, If I try to ...
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High CPU usage by the “system” process

I have noticed that from some time my system is freezing and its probably caused by the high CPU usage which is caused by the system process. All applications I'm running is the Skype, TeamSpeak and ...
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How can I get a program to use slightly less CPU?

There's a program I run all day that does chess analysis. It's causing my computer to run consistently at 100% CPU Usage (According to Windows Task Manager), but despite this my computer seems to run ...
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Low FPS in some games, but hardware not fully used

I just did a little funny experiment in the game/sim "Train Simulator 2013". I normally have good FPS in it (around 30) at full settings. What I did was make a really, really long train so that the ...
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Dropbox causes xorg to use 100% CPU

For some time, I noticed that my xorg process uses up between 60 and 100% of the CPU (according to top). I also noticed that interactive work becomes sluggish, even on my multi-core i7 processor. ...
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how can force a prgram to use all of CPU capacity?

I have Windows 7 And a Intel Core-i5 CPU (4Thread) some programs like Firefox, only use up to maximum 25% of All CPU(only 1 Thread) And some programs like Winrar, use up to 100% of All CPU Can ...
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CPU Utilization never crosses 50% Windows 8

I have a Windows 8 RTM Enterprise with VMWare 9 installed. I run a couple of VM's but as you can see in the image below my CPU usage never crosses ~50% with 4 VMs running. Even if I run like 8 VMs ...
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linux: per-process monitor, every 10 minutes, with history access

I really didn't know a better way to ask my question, hence you get a horribly named question. I will explain what i want to do, maybe that will help you help me. I would like to have my linux ...
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Limiting I/O activity for a specific process - Linux

I run a convert *.tif bla.pdf command sometimes with say 60 images. Now this renders my computer unusable until it finishes. I tried using nice and ionice but it did not help much. Is there a way to ...
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Why does loading small images eat CPU time?

I noticed that (on my Ubuntu, and also on other Linux distributions, e.g., Debian) small animated images eat CPU time. When I open multiple Firefox tabs, the CPU raises to 100% and it's because of ...
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IPHLPSVC High CPU in Windows 8 x64

I was experiencing consistent high CPU usage in Windows 8 Pro x64. The cause was svchost running at a constant 25% CPU, even at idle. I checked the services that the svchost was running, and toggled ...
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Display CPU usage separately (without root privileges)

I need to display the CPU usage for each processing core on a single shared-memory 12-core (SMP) machine. I don't have access to install htop, else I would simply use that. I don't need fancy graphs ...
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Why won't Windows use the other CPU cores?

In Windows Task Manager the Performance tab shows the first CPU maxed out, the other 7 just idling along with the occasional spike. What gives? More info: I've got 8GB and only 4.5GB are being used. ...
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Windows Defender high CPU when idle

I noticed on my MacBook Pro from 2011 with Windows 8 that the fans start spinning when I leave my laptop idle for a while. I figured that it is Windows Defender which seems to be running. Is it ...
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Why is the clock speed readout greater than the maximum?

(click for full-size image) What is this madness? (I'm aware that the top number refers to the non-Turbo Boosted clock speed, but what of the others?)
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Is there a program that can pause another program?

Here is whats bothering me. For example, I play two games, Assassins Creed and MW3. When my friends call me to play MW3 I minimise Assassins Creed to go and play MW3. But Assassins Creed still ...
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What could cause the CPU Maximum Frequency to dip to 0% for several seconds?

I am testing a .NET application that has advanced GUI capabilities. One specific action takes a long time to complete, up to 5 seconds. While watching the standard Windows Resource Monitor, I noticed ...
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Decrease CPU usage or give priority

I have a i3 2nd gen system with nvidia 1GB graphics card and running ubuntu . The cpu usage becomes 99% when i run a 3D simulator and other OpenGL 2D application and i acquire the mouse movement data ...
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Backup on Debian interfering with other running programs

I've got a webserver on Debian 6. The system is also always running some processes sensitive to CPU usage. When I am using some of tools like rsync or tar, they are using CPU too much and my sensitive ...
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100% CPU in QuickTime H.264 decoder on Windows on Win7, except when using XP compat. mode

I have a Windows program that uses the Apple QuickTime API to play video. On Windows 7, CPU usage is 100% on one core, which I believe is why the playback is choppy. If I turn on XP compatibility mode ...
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Why does my CPU Usage reach 100% too often?

I'm using a dual-core processor and often see my CPU usage reaches 100%. I realize this may happen if I'm running too much applications, so when I know the computer starts to run slowly, I start to ...
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How to give high CPU to a Program in Windows 7

I am running a computation intensive (solving a number theory problem) standalone java program from eclipse on my Windows 7 machine. No other application is running. Now I started task manager and ...
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What is a good way of detecting which process just ran an intense process?

I have a Windows XP machine that is used as a music player in the house. It is relatively old and has a single core. Periodically the music will stutter and reviewing the task manager shows a short ...
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High CPU usage by 'svchost.exe' and 'coreServiceShell.exe'

I am having a laptop running on Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. Since past few days, my laptop is facing a serious problem. Whenever I connect to Internet, either svchost.exe or coreServiceShell.exe or ...
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Why does cpu usage never reach 100%?

I have a dual-core processor. I'm running two instances of the program below: void main(){ int i; while(1){ i=i+1; } } I run TOP and CPU usage gets up to 97%, however it never ...
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In OSX Terminal freezes on text select

Once in a while, if I've been using the terminal and click on it to select text, the terminal freezes, with the mouse pointer becoming the spinning wheel. Activity monitor also shows 100% CPU usage. I ...
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Limit CPU usage KSH script

I have a KSH crawler script that crawls filesystems on my network, and i would like to limit it to 25% cpu usage, so it does not impact running systems. I am currently using nice but when i run SED, ...
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Mountain Lion overheating issue have to do with launchd/Python?

So, Ever since I installed ML, my MacBook Air has been running SUPER hot. Opened up activity monitor, and everything seemed to be pretty normal, until I had it refresh every .5 seconds... and then I ...
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How to take full advantage of my CPU on VirtualBox?

I'm running Windows XP through VirtualBox on my i7-3610M laptop (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit). I've already assigned 8 CPUs plus 100% execution cap plus 4 GB RAM to the VM, but I don't think it's ...
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how to lower CPU usage for Ableton Live 8 in Mac OSX 10.6.8

While running Ableton Live 8 after a project gets to a certain size, the audio starts to get a bit choppy and distorted. My levels are fine and is not the cause of the lag and chop. I have samples ...
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Is it possible to give the RDC server more CPU priority?

I use a Windows Server 2003 machine for some CPU-intensive tasks. I'm wondering, is there any way of giving the Remote Desktop Connection server more priority, so that it doesn't hang while the server ...
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Computer experiencing slowdowns and lockups despite low cpu useage

My setup... i5-2300 nvidia gtx 550 ti 6 gigs ram 600 w ocz modular psu I recently reformatted and I am already experiencing drastic slowdown as soon as windows comes up. This includes repeated ...
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Skype, Netflix, Minecraft causing CPU to be 100% and not go down without restart

This issue started about two weeks after replacing the broken motherboard on this computer. The new motherboard is an MSI. When it happens, things like Skype calls, Netflix and Minecraft seem to ...