Activity Monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Graygirl, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Graygirl macrumors newbie

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    May 15, 2008
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    My 9 mos old MBPro often gets real slow and jerky. I go to the activity monitor when this happens and the CPU usage window looks like nearly solid green building blocks. I assume this means something is taking up a lot of CPU room. Can anyone explain what I'm seeing? If you can tell me how to post a screenshot I could show you what it looks like. Is there someplace I can learn how to use the activity monitor utility explained in simple terms? I just don't know what to look for or what I'm seeing.
    Be gentle....I'm an old gray grandma.
     
  2. ccashman92 macrumors regular

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    Aug 1, 2010
    #2
    Take snapshots please!
     
  3. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Open Activity Monitor in your Utilities folder. In the application's Window menu, choose Activity Monitor (or simply press command-1). You should see a table of active processes, and one of the columns should show %CPU. To be sure the table includes all processes, choose "All Processes" instead of "My Processes" from the list adjacent to the filter/search box. Simply note the name of any process that has a very high number in that %CPU column. Once you've identified the culprit, post the process name and maybe someone can identify what it is.
     

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