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Old 12-28-2006, 06:23 PM   #1
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My computer was going very slow, and after multiple attempts to locate the problem, I formated and installed WinXP again. I was hoping that would fix the problem. It did not. I open the task manager and watched the processes. Firefox would start using 80-99% of the CPU after around 5 minutes of browsing. When it hit that I was unable to load any websites. Closing firefox did nothing. The process was still running at 80-99%. Nothing I did would end it. I could not reboot or shutdown. I had to hold on on/off button for a few seconds. So I got a different browser, and it happened again! Only this time I did not have firefox running. After a few minutes of browsing everything stopped. Looking at the task manager it was System Idle Process running from 80-99%. As I'm writing this, I'm looking at the computer that's causing this problem. Now System Idle Process looks normal BUT something else went up to 99%. Looking at the Task Manager again it shows System Idle Process at 99% again. What is going on here? This started happening a few days ago. Please help me! Thanks!
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maybe ur ram is bad, or firefox is corrupt.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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I'm trying to remove firefox right now.
Is there a way I can tell if my ram is bad? I have 3 sticks in my computer totaling somewhere between 610 and 620.
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system idle is exactly that, its showing you what percentage of the processor is IDLE, as in not being used
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:00 PM   #5
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Now it makes sense
Firefox was the problem. Ever since I haven't opened it my computer is working fine.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:29 PM   #6
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Now it makes sense
Firefox was the problem. Ever since I haven't opened it my computer is working fine.
what firefox version were you using? Try the new one 2.0
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:58 PM   #7
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I was using the most recent version.
I think something has gone seriously wrong because I can't even install AIM anymore. It tells me my computer does not meet the system requirments. But it should!
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What are ya system specs?
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:41 PM   #9
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640 mb of ram
AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 1.50 GHz
105 GB free on hard drive
AMD Radeon 7000
I was told on a different forum to do a low level format. Is it worth a try?
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Maybe it's the add-ons that make Firefox slow. I know they have a lot of extensions you can use. I always neglect them.
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