cpu usage 100% always

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  1. robecq macrumors regular

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    My powerbook has been getting extra hot recently so I check my activity monitor and discovered that finder was using up all available cpu, heat the machine like crazy. If I quit finder thru activity monitor, cpu usage drops to 10%. If I launch finder again, up goes the cpu usage to 100% again? why is this happening and can I stop it?
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  2. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

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    your not running any antivirus software, such as norton with auto-protect enabled are you? That can run in the background constantly scanning for viruses.
     
  3. gallagb macrumors 6502

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    details on the machine?
    which powerbook?
    how much RAM
    which system osx?

    have you run 'disk utility' and checked the preference files? lately?
     
  4. robecq thread starter macrumors regular

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    sorry,

    pb 12" 1.33 768meg ram 60gb hd os 10.3.9
    running disk utilites now
    Preference files? where is this
    no antivirus
     
  5. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    yea it sounds like you have a process running in the background. More system info would be helpful, though...
     
  6. robecq thread starter macrumors regular

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    act1.jpg

    here it is with finder running at 85% and my computer not doing much
     
  7. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    this is weird, Id like to see how this problems is resolved.

    id say it was Spotlight or some other background process, but its the Finder itself!?
     
  8. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    it's really hard to say without being right there looking at it. Why don't you try this:

    re-start the machine, holding down simultaneously the Option key, the Apple key, and the letters "P" and "R"

    keep holding down the keys until you hear the startup chime 4 times. After the fourth chime, release the keys and let the machine boot.

    this will reset the PRAM, which might kill whatever process the Finder thinks it should be running.
     
  9. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    try two things:

    1 restart your computer. this often (not always, but often) clears up any issues.
    2 repair disk permissions (Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility > Repair Disk Permissions)
     
  10. daneoni macrumors G4

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    You could try your Login Items in User Accounts. Also third party software that are set to check for updates might be culprits. Also try reparing permissions using the restore disks disk utility....this way more things can be fixed as the OS partition wont be in use. Resetting PRAM/NVRAM or even PMU might help. If all else fails re-install the OS
     
  11. robecq thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've cleared the pram, no luck.
    I've archived and reinstalled os x. still no luck
    does this mean something else is causing finder to use all remaining cpu?
    any suggustions on how to fix or what the problem might be??
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Are you using any Finder/GUI hacks?

    Does this problem follow you if you log in as another user (create one if need be)?
     
  13. robecq thread starter macrumors regular

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    created another user, log on and presto problem solved! logged back on and problem is back. whats the next step?
     
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  16. beatsme macrumors 65816

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    HD>Users>Your User Account>Library>Preferences>com.apple.finder.plist
     
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