High CPU consumption

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mecolema, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. mecolema macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2012
    My computer has been unusually active recently, and I'm not sure why. I can hear a constant hum as I write this, and Activity Monitor tells me the Finder is consuming 99% CPU.

    There are only two reasons why this might be.

    (1) I did a command in Terminal that maxed out my CPU so I could quickly drain the battery (for a battery calibration). But Terminal is closed and I have since turned off my computer.

    (2) I used PhotoRec to recover deleted files from my external hard drive. I ended up recovering over 100,000 items which (obviously) took up a lot of memory. Right now I have 95 GB free on my (250 GB) hard drive. Again, I'm not sure why this would be hogging the CPU.

    I'm attaching a screenshot of my Activity Monitor in case that helps.

    Any ideas?

    Attached Files:

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. chibiterasu macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2012
    London, The United Kingdom
    I think it will be the terminal command you entered you probably need the command to stop the one you put in. I don't think closing terminal, restarting the mac or the finder will help.
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Try taking all loose items off the desktop. Also, log in with another user account and see how that does.
  5. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2012
    For whatever reason everything's back to normal. Thanks for your feedback!

Share This Page