What is chewing up my processor?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zwiebelspaetzle, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. zwiebelspaetzle macrumors newbie

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    #1
    About once a week, my computers gets bogged down hard. When I look in Activity Monitor, the CPU Usage graph is hitting the ceiling, but a quick glance at the CPU column in the process table above shows it should only be using about 30%.

    My guess would be iAntiVirus is scanning in the background, but according to Activity Monitor, it's using less that 1% of the CPU.

    Does the process table in Activity Monitor not really show all the processes? How can I figure out what is chewing up the CPU?

    Thanks,
    --Chris
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

    xUKHCx

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    #2
    In Activity Mointor at the top there is a box that says "My Processes" change it to "All processes".
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    #3
    or launch Terminal and enter the command

    Code:
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