100% Processor

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100% Processor

Postby Wic » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:42 am


I'm experiencing some trouble with my proc under Daryna. I've got an old Pentium 4 3.6 GHz, working quite hard and with a noisy fan. Under Windows XP, a few minutes aftre the system has booted, the processor is quite low, with the fan even not working. Under Mint, I've got the proc working hard all the time (100%), wich is annoying (noise) and worrying (for the fan's life)...

I've tried this (http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/cpu-frequtils in french sorry) to adjust the CPU usage with cpu-frequtils, but it's still the same...

Any idea ? Should I go under Elyssa ?




Re: 100% Processor

Postby Wic » Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:05 pm

I can add that no process seems to eat all the CPU ressources. I've tried Mint Live CD (Elyssa 5 & KDE Beta) and my CPU usage is quite normal...

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Re: 100% Processor

Postby 900i » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:23 pm

Run "top" in a terminal to find which processes are using the cpu. Then report back, we may be able to sort you out.
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Re: 100% Processor

Postby Wic » Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:11 am

I've done a "top" in terminal. The result :

4941 root 25 0 12352 9724 620 R 76 0.3 71:21.91 mount.ntfs
6277 root 15 0 36172 33m 1000 S 22 1.1 17:12.83 gam_server
5882 root 16 0 630m 100m 14m R 8 3.3 4:17.56 Xorg
6656 christop 22 7 148m 73m 9476 S 3 2.4 13:35.67 beagled
15940 root 15 0 8744 1780 1336 S 1 0.1 0:00.03 fusesmb.cache

Looks like the problem could come from the NTFS driver ? I've a dual boot with XP, although I've nearly stopped to use XP, my drives were NTFS formatted by that time...

Thanks for any advice,



Re: 100% Processor

Postby sledit3 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:36 am

this problem has been around for some time. why it occurs only on a few installations, usually intermittently, seems to be poorly understood.

fortunately, the solution is dead simple, just a line or two in a control file (which may be why no one is terribly concerned with diddling though the otherwise solid code...). for a step-by-step see here:


the only thing i would add is that you may want to add a line for "fat16", since flash devices use it.

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