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Hey I bought the MSI cr630 at Xmas and now the RAM is running at between 60-95% searched online and people just said its a variety of things but most ended up having to reinstall Windows. So I was won… Read More
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Hey I bought the MSI cr630 at Xmas and now the RAM is running at between 60-95% searched online and people just said its a variety of things but most ended up having to reinstall Windows. So I was wondering how do I go about this as never done it before. It windows 7 home premium 64 bit if that helps. Thanks for any good tips or links.
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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#1
first of all, open task manager and check processes, sort on the cpu column find what id using most cpu. From here use google to find out whether the processes are vital windows ones or not required.

Here you can end these busy processes and see if it cures your problem
#2
You say the "RAM is running at between 60% and 95%" but what do you mean by that because it does not make sense to me. As programs are loaded into RAM it will fill up.

Or do you mean the CPU is running at 60% to 95% because that DOES make sense.

If it is the CPU then it means you have a program (or two) that is running and eating up all the CPU time. This can happen for short periods, when a security scan is running or perhaps Windows is indexing files, but eventually it should stop and reduce to 0% of the CPU (assuming you are not doing anything on it).

If you leave the laptop for a number of hours does the CPU drop to 0% or does it go on all the time?

As mosskeeto says, see if anything is running in the task manager that is using up all the CPU.

I am not convinced reinstalling Windows is going to solve this problem as you should be able to isolate what is causing this and stop it.

I did have a smilar problem to this a year or so back, when the CPU kept going up to 100% for long periods. I think it was caused by a conflict between two or three security products I had on at the time - maybe AVG and Zone Alarm (and maybe a Microsoft product as well) cant remember the exact details.

What security software are you running?



Edited By: guilbert53 on Feb 10, 2011 20:16
#3
I've got no experience or knowledge but i think the coment made by guilbert53 makes sense.
conflict between security products seems like it would cause probs
#4
If eventually you DO need to reinstall Windows then first check if the laptop came with some sort of recovery option.

Almost all laptops nowadays come with either a recovery partition hidden on the hard disk, or it will give you the option to make some recovery CDs/DVDs.

Check the documentation that came with the laptop and find a section which talks about reinstalling Windows or making recovery DVDs.

If it is a hidden partition you may need to press a sequence of keys as the laptop starts to enter the recovery step (check with the documentation).

To make recovery DVDs you normally need to start the program supplied on the laptop, then it will ask you to insert the first DVD. It will chunk away for a time (maybe 15 minutes or more), and then ask you to put in a second DVD (it may then require a third DVD).

Once you have these recovery DVDs the documentation will normally tell you how to use them. It often consists of "booting" the laptop with the DVD in the drive (but it can vary beween companies).

Note that whatever method you use to reinstall Windows (if you have to) it will destroy EVERYTHING on your hard disk so make sure you backup any personal files you want to keep to DVD and / or external hard drive (or both).


Edited By: guilbert53 on Feb 10, 2011 20:29
#5
Using Norton just finishing the free 60 day trial I got. Just done a little digging and when I click on show processes from all users the one using the most is svchost.exe which has 7-8 processes ranging from 1,000 k upto 76,000 k. Like I said I'm not.an expert but I know what's what. The RAM range I gave was from the little speedo gadget to check CPU and RAM.
#6
You could also try clicking the start button then in the search programs and files box type msconfig
When it loads click on the startup tab
Check on what programs you have starting up then uncheck any unknown or unnecessary programs. Check on the net for the startup program name if you are unsure if you need to run it or not. I think your model is supplied with 2GB ram increasing it to 4GB would increase the performance. This might help to sort out some of your problem.
#7
to restore to factory settings on most msi laptops press the F3 key at the bios startup screen
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Using Norton just finishing the free 60 day trial I got. Just done a little digging and when I click on show processes from all users the one using the most is svchost.exe which has 7-8 processes ranging from 1,000 k upto 76,000 k. Like I said I'm not.an expert but I know what's what. The RAM range I gave was from the little speedo gadget to check CPU and RAM.


Theirs your problem, resource hog.
#9
shauneco
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Using Norton just finishing the free 60 day trial I got. Just done a little digging and when I click on show processes from all users the one using the most is svchost.exe which has 7-8 processes ranging from 1,000 k upto 76,000 k. Like I said I'm not.an expert but I know what's what. The RAM range I gave was from the little speedo gadget to check CPU and RAM.
Theirs your problem, resource hog.


Inb4 norton fan bois stating it's no longer a memory sink

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