100% CPU usage...ALL THE TIME!!!!

sportsmedguy

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Sep 2, 2007
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I have a 1.25 Ghz Powerbook G4 that had 512 RAM and my CPU was running at 100% all the time. I honestly dont know how long it was doing this because I am new to Mac and was still learning the machine.

I upgraded to 1Gb RAM thinking it would help, but it has not. Do you have any ideas as to why it might be happening?

Thank you
 

Eidorian

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/Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor

Click the drop down to show All Processes and then sort by processor usage.
 

motulist

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Activity monitor viewed at "all processes" viewable and sorted by cpu% will show you who's the culprit stealing your cpu power.
 

sportsmedguy

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Sep 2, 2007
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I have actually done this and there is one program "kass" that is running about 36% of the CPU, but I have no idea what it does?
 

sportsmedguy

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Sep 2, 2007
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Ok...I quit the process and then it opened right back up again.

Kass...the hierarchy goes like this
WindowServer
launchd
kernel_task


where do i go from here. should i post a screen shot?
 

Eidorian

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Could you post the hierarchical one instead? Make sure you use the Cmd + Shift + 4 version instead. We only need the Activity Monitor window itself.