"System" is taking 60% cpu

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by usctrunks, May 3, 2009.

  1. usctrunks macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    Hey I have a first gen intel macbook white running XP sp3 in dual boot.

    for some reason "system" not "system idle process" is using constant 60% of the cpu.

    If i go into leopard and back into windows it'll fix it for a while but then later it'll screw up again and "system" will start using a lot of cpu. (restarting windows doens't fix it, i have to go into leopard and then windows).

    has anyone seen this issue before or have any ideas?

  2. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    Your problem could be caused by indexing service running. You can turn it off or let it complete and see what happens. To turn off, right click on the drive icon in Windows Explorer, at the bottom un-check the index service box.

    If that is not the problem, try downloading Process Explorer from: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

    With this utility you can examine each process that is running. If need be you can stop and or turn off running processes.

  3. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
  4. usctrunks thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    ok ill try it and see if it , but it's a weird issue. why would booting into mac and then back into windows fix the problem but not just restarting windows?

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