what is eating up my cpu?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jkaye213, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. jkaye213 macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2009
    my cpu is being pushed to the extreme... based on the activity monitor i can't figure out whats going on...

    any ideas/suggestions short of doing a full clean reinstall of the os?

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  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    When was the last time you restarted? No need for OS reinstall for sure. At least I don't think so...
  3. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    How much RAM do you have installed?

    Something is probably leaking memory - so all that is needed is a system restart to clear out cache.
  4. jkaye213 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2009
    i've restarted several times, that screen shot was taken right after restarting... i also reset the temperature censors because the CPU is showing between 85-90C right after turning the computer on.

    i have 2 gb of ram and have had the macbook pro for about 2 years with no problems... this is recent getting increasingly worse over the past week or so.

    could i have spyware or a virus going on? seems strange.
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    You need to show all processes, not just yours. It's probably Spotlight.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You cannot figure it out because you are only displaying your processes.

    Use the drop down box on the upper right of the window to select all processes and you'll see the offending process.

    Alternatively you can type ps in the terminal (applications->utilities->terminal)

    type man ps in the terminal to get the exact syntax
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    I prefer top -o cpu.
  8. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    Where's the rest of your threads and processes? Typical is a print job that got stuck, look for that.
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    My money's on Spotlight (mdworker/mds).

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