WindowServer eating up CPU

11800506

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 31, 2007
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Washington D.C. Area
I have an eMac 1.25 ghz with 2 gb of ram running Leopard and recently the process windowserver has been eating up large amounts of my CPU (often 60%+). I know that this process is essential to running my mac because it handles the GUI but I have searched on this topic and found no definitive answer on how to fix the issue. Some old threads suggested to delete some widgets or disable spaces but I have tried both yet the problem persists. Does anyone know what I can do to get it to stop using so much of my CPU?
 

Berlepsch

macrumors 6502
Oct 22, 2007
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I think we need more input to try and help you. Some of the questions that come to my mind:

  • Did you install any new apps or updates recently?
  • How is your memory usage?
  • Do you note a lot of hard drive access (i.e. swapping)?
  • Have you checked the system logs for error reports?
 

11800506

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 31, 2007
1,060
1
Washington D.C. Area
Thanks for the initiative to help but I figured out what the issue was. It was a combination of switching my desktop every 5 seconds and running a time machine backup for the first time, but thanks anyways.