cpu usage 100/ system idle process 98??

stocon

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My daughter's old P3 with a wireless pci card starts to chug after running for awhile. She's got 512 ram,Windows crawls and mouse sticks.She running fat xp. Looking for the culprit, I've run reg cleaner lava soft, search and destroy, diskkeepr, deep virus scans and I still get the cpu maxed out but system idle is running 98 like there is nothing going on. When I reboot it runs fine for awhile, so I don't think it is a heat issue? Any ideas? Tia Steve
 

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Have you tried turning off background programs? Go and click on the 'Run' button from the 'Start' menu. Then type in 'msconfig' and turn off ALL unneccessary background tasks. I hope that helps.
 

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I've tried all the programs lavasoft etc and I've run msconfig and turned off all the background programs. I've gone into service area in performance and tweaked it. I think it's hardware. But I'm still open to any ideas thx Steve
 

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