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System Idle Process

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  1. masterazn

    masterazn Banned

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    System Idle Process

    What is this thing and why is it taking up 98% of my CPU?

    Image Name: System Idle Process
    PID: 0
    CPU: 98
    CPU Time: 137:58:45
    Mem Usage: 16 K

    Could this be why me game has a really low FPS rate?
     
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    VampiroXIII IncGamers Member

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    No. That's just your computer sitting there waiting for you to do something. When your computer is doing nothing else, it runs the system idle process.
     
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    Ah I see...then why is my FPS very unstable? It dodges from 60fps to 12 to 40 to 60 to 20 etc...
     
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    System Idle Process is your friend. A CPU has to do something every clock cycle, and the idle process makes sure the CPU does as little as possible with the cycles not needed for other programs. It doesn't take up resources needed by your other programs in any way. The idle process reduces power consumption and heat, and extends the CPU's life a bit.

    Us overclocking types are big fans of this little feature. :thumbsup:
     
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    here's yet another useless thread that could easily be solved by google. Ugh
     
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    Am I the only one who laughed at that?
     
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    Erm, I wasn't trying to make a funny, but yeah... overclockers... big fans... or maybe you think us overclockers are a bunch of silly people (I won't necessarily argue) :bonk:

    As for the FPS trouble, we need to know:

    -What game?
    -Your CPU type/speed, motherboard, amount of RAM, video card
    -When and where in the game it slows down, is it random? Or, does it happen when you enter certain types of areas like big, open ones?
    -What else is running?
     
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    Okay,

    PIII 933MHz (overclocked to 11xxMHz)
    MotherBoard: Compaq 06BCH (no laughing)
    RAM: 256 SD RAM
    Video Card: RADEON 9200 SERIES
    Game: HL Day of Defeat
    Other running programs: Norton anti-virus 2002, mIRC, MSN Messenger, Ad-watch, mozilla firebird (loaded pages, not doing anything), minimized HLSW (no traffic mode).

    It usually slows down when there's lots of effects, people running and explosions. If I look at the floor or some more basic graphics, the FPS jumps up to 5x. OTherwise, if drops as low as 12fps. The thing that worries me is that I replaced my TNT2 with the Radeon 9200 and in some places of the game...the TNT2 seems to have handled it just as good as the 9200 (at about 12fps too). Are radeons just bad or is something else wrong? I am running the game at the same resolution and graphics settings as I was with my TNT2.
     
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    Hmm Half-Life. Are you running it in DirectX or OpenGL mode? (HL should almost always be run in OpenGL since the game engine it's based on was designed for OpenGL.)
     
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    I'm running OpenGL.
     
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    Could be CPU lock, but I kinda doubt it at 1 GHz+ speed... but try playing with all your other stuff shut down or disabled. HL and Radeons aren't known to be the best of friends but that usually has more to do with stability, glitches, etc. You can get current and past Radeon driver releases form ATI and see if any of them do a better job than the one you're using.
     
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    Oh my God! Masterazn you play DOD!!! Do you use steam? Cause if you do we need to play sometime. I've been looking for a partner to play it.
     
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    I have steam but I'm currently still playing retail 1.0

    The problem is ping man......it's all about the ping.

    edit: i dont have steam anymore, where can i get it?
     
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    I play DOD all the time, too. What the hell is Steam?
     
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    Noobie!!! Get him!

    Steam is a program put out by valve software. It basically supports all of the half-life multiplayer mods. This includes: DoD, TCF (Team Classic Fortress), Deathmatch, Half-Life itself, and Counter-Strike, which is better than DoD (had to say that, sorry).

    Steam is the major backbone of multiplayer for these mods-it's free, it's buggy, but they also update periodically and provide all of the support that these games have. You should download it and get addicted to Counter Strike, which is still much better than DoD :thumbsup:.

    Yes, it does support DoD.

    *cough* DoD sux0rz *cough*
     

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