Unlisted process using major percentage of cpu

NP3

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 12, 2003
237
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Los Angeles
I noticed my CPU time was running between 50% and 100% according to my menubar monitor while I was just running Safari & Adium.

Activity Monitor confused me more. It shows User percentage as 45% (the colored options at the bottom), while the list view showing all processes only has a highest value of 3%. (Often it was 90 and 3ish) While everything is fluctuating, the menubar monitor & User percentage would match.

(Act. monitor refresh set to normal 2 seconds)

My boot time was on 10 hours, and I had just run a complete Onyx run 3 days beforehand. (and no, spotlight wasn't indexing) No applications had been force quit either. I'm behind a software & hardware firewall.

Whats going on here? It stopped after I logged out and back in...and this is the second time its happened.
 

NP3

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 12, 2003
237
0
Los Angeles
If you display all processes in AM, then sort by CPU usage, the worst contributor should be at the top.
I took screenshots of it (can't figure out how to put them here)

All Processes was selected. And Sorted by CPU%. Thus my confusion.

The worst on top is Activity Monitor with 3.2%.
 
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