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Old 03-02-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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I just bought a new Acer Laptop, I left in on all night torrenting last night a d when I woke up it was pretty much froze(I could move the mouse pointer arround but do nothign else) so I had to power down and reboot. But now its running slow, Im spiking up to 70% or more CPU usage just starting windows(64bit vista) with no major programs running. A game that i played perfectly yesterday is now lagging horribly. I didnt complete any torrents that weren't done already last night so I wouldnt think its a virus from them, and avast didnt find anything on scan. What gives?
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:51 PM   #2
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Where did you place the laptop? It could just be a heat problem if you put it in a place that blocks airflow.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Nah it was very open and on a cooling pad, it gets way hotter playing games then it was when I woke up. Plus wouldn't it shut down if it got too hot?
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See if you can run a virus scan or something. That's an odd situation. It may just be some processes in the back taking up too many resources.
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Old 03-02-2009, 03:35 PM   #5
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Hm... that is really weird. The only thing that could have happened is a virus. Unless, indeed, it is a heating problem. You might have come close to frying something, but not gone all the way, and now your part sucks.

Restore your laptop to a day before you started the downloads.

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Old 03-02-2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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Yea full virus and spyware scan turned up nothing (Avast home and Spybot S&D). I shut down for a half hour or so to give it a break and now it isn't spiking so bad after startup but games that were working fine yesterday are now way laggy and the same with a high def movie I downloaded. I can't see it overheating lastnight under a light load on the cooling pad in my room that was probably like 60 degrees. I guess I will try a restore and see where that gets me. It really doesn't seem like a software issue now though, considering that the CPU usage is now idling a lot lower now (5-10%) but as soon as I put a load on it it max's out. That would lead me to believe backround programs aren't eating up processing power.
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Leave it off for a while. IF you're comfortable enough, open up the check if the heatsink is properly placed on the processor.
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Try the restore

The same thing happened to my girlfriends laptop (vista), though she wasn't downloading anything.. she's computer stupid too. I ran some scans and did everything I could to speed it up, nothing worked. I restored and BAM! It worked.



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Oh one other note and probably an important one, I was messing around with speed fan and some other similar utilities to try and cool it down while gaming, I know these programs have the ability to mess with the processor voltage etc but I was pretty sure I didn't mess with any of these advanced features, still I suppose it is possible damage was done in one form or another.

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.. she's computer stupid too.
I'm not computer stupid...
I know a lot more then the average user =P
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I'm not computer stupid...
I know a lot more then the average user =P


Sorry, sorry, I wasn't saying that YOU were computer stupid, I was just making the point that she wasn't downloading torrents and there was virtually no way for her to get a virus because all she does is Microsoft word, due to the fact of not knowing how to do anything else.

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