Win XP Home SP2
Athlon XP 2000
Creative Audigy 2ZS Platinum Pro (disabled)
1 gig RAM
C: HD 40 gig
D: HD 38 gig WD raptor (for giga data)
Promise SATA300 TX2plus HD controller
GS3 Ensemble 3.0
Cakewalk Home Studio
My CPU usage typically runs at 60 - 80% ALL THE TIME WITH NOTHING RUNNING! Sometimes it sits at 100% for so long that the only way to get anything to happen is to hit the power button. At the same time Task Manager Processes says System Idle Process at 99% with occasional processes in iexplore.exe & Teatimer (Spybot S&D) SOMETHING IS HOGGING THE CPU!
When I can start GS3 the CPU usage bar says about 17% but Task Manager says about 80%, and the sound is notchy so the CPU is too busy to keep up. So far I've:
- Ended processes in Task Manager until I killed the computer - no change
- Set Windows for "performance" - no change
- Registry cleanup etc - no change
- Ran CPU test - no errors
- Started Windows in diagnostic mode (System.INI, Win.INI, Services & all startup items disabled) - no change
- Started Windows in Safe Mode - ran normally
I recently did a clean XP reinstall (full HD format) so should be no bugs or viruses. Computer worked fine through reinstalling all software until nearly the end, now it takes nearly 10 minutes to boot. Boot goes quickly until after the first window logo, then SITS with blank screen and no HD activity. Then after windows finally comes up everything looks normal but the hourglass still shows and I can do basically nothing for another several minutes. Seems something is using major CPU cycles even before Windows fully starts. Is there some driver problem?
I'm not sure if GS3 is causing this because it started happening about the time I installed it and another program - not sure which but it was something I had ran before without problems. I installed GS3 3.0 then did the upgrade to 3.12 but ran into licensing problems so uninstalled and reinstalled 3.0 (after installing the M-Audio 192)
I don't expect to be putting GS3 to hard use, just a few samples at a time so according to TASCAM's system requirement my equipment should be adequate. I already invested in more RAM, a DVD ROM, a Raptor HD & SATA controller to run GS3 so I don't want to invest much more until AMD comes out with their new socket.
Any ideas?? I'd sure appreciate some help.