Having similar problem and nothing I've done seems to affect it, except when I've run the system in 'safe' mode, it did not do the CPU thing....
Running AMD AthlonXP, 512 MB RAM, 80 Gig harddrive, 56K, Ethernet, blah... blah... blah....
I've tried just about every suggestion in this board except using 'restore' disk (bf wants to, I'm trying to avoid....I've downloaded too much stuff I'm using that we would lose...have to redo all....trying to avoid that)
Some of the programs I've run trying to fix this:
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Earlier today the computer wouldn't even let me get online....it would say I was connected then start dialing again, like it had lost the connection.
I've done everything I can think of to fix this...I'm guessing that since it does not 'do' the messed up CPU thing when it's in safe mode that it has something to do with the start up programs (the ones that run automatically) but I can't seem to find anything. I've run everything (particularly the Spybot program) many times already and I've got my bf breathing down my neck about it..(he thinks I downloaded a virus or worm or something, but Norton shows nothing) Please, help!
Also, my dialup connection keeps kicking me off....don't know if this is related or not.....
I'd appreciate any help you (whoever you are) can offer.