When ever I open the task manager on my machine, it shows the CPU usage at least 46%. However, when I look at the processes, the idle process is at 96, meaning the other processes are only taking 4%. I have a dual 2.4GHZ running XP SP 3 with 2GB of RAM. I re-imaged this machine from Vista to XP. I installed all the drivers from dell (all though my device manager still shows a ? for a PCI Device.) I am curious if it does not recognize the second process? What could be eating up the CPU but not show in the process list?
The reason this is a problem is because I am trying to play a game that is going slow. When ever I look at the cpu usage at that point it is pushing 99%. My thinking is, if I find what is eating up the cpu and stop it, it would help. I have a second laptop that is almost the identical setup, but 3GB of ram. My CPU on this machine sits around 4% when idle.