Why is my CPU maxed? Process list included.

Robert Tilley tilleyrw at cfl.rr.com
Sun Aug 12 21:56:03 UTC 2007


I'm running a stock Edge install with no big services like Apache, etc.  In 
KSysGuard, my CPU Usage is pegged at about 100%. I'm was completely baffled 
by why my machine is so unresponsive until I saw this!  Can someone help 
explain its meaning?

Here's the process list at the moment.

tilleyrw at tilleyrw-desktop:~/tropic-rewrite$ ps aux
USER       PID %CPU %MEM    VSZ   RSS TTY      STAT START   TIME COMMAND
root         1  0.0  0.0   1632   432 ?        Ss   Jul31   0:01 /sbin/init 
spla
root         2  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 [migration/0]
root         3  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        SN   Jul31   0:00 [ksoftirqd/0]
root         4  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 [watchdog/0]
root         5  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:01 [events/0]
root         6  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [khelper]
root         7  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [kthread]
root         9  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:02 [kblockd/0]
root        10  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [kacpid]
root        11  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 
[kacpi_notify]
root        83  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [kseriod]
root       116  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    Jul31   0:01 [pdflush]
root       117  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 [pdflush]
root       118  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S    Jul31   0:06 [kswapd0]
root       119  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [aio/0]
root      1742  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [khubd]
root      1820  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:05 [kjournald]
root      1894  0.0  0.0   1600   400 ?        Ss   Jul31   0:00 //sbin/logd
root      2040  0.0  0.0   2640   304 ?        S<s  Jul31   
0:00 /sbin/udevd --d
root      2784  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [kpsmoused]
root      2804  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [shpchpd]
root      3232  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:04 [kjournald]
root      3733  0.0  0.0   1596   376 tty1     Ss+  Jul31   0:00 /sbin/getty 
384
root      3734  0.0  0.0   1600   376 tty2     Ss+  Jul31   0:00 /sbin/getty 
384
root      3735  0.0  0.0   1596   376 tty3     Ss+  Jul31   0:00 /sbin/getty 
384
root      3736  0.0  0.0   1600   376 tty4     Ss+  Jul31   0:00 /sbin/getty 
384
root      3737  0.0  0.0   1596   376 tty5     Ss+  Jul31   0:00 /sbin/getty 
384
root      3738  0.0  0.0   1600   376 tty6     Ss+  Jul31   0:00 /sbin/getty 
384
root      3945  0.0  0.1   2200   612 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/acpid
root      4068  0.0  0.0   1724   336 ?        Ss   Jul31   0:00 /bin/dd bs 1 
if
klog      4070  0.0  0.0   2428   364 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /sbin/klogd -P
root      4081  0.0  0.0   2944   416 ?        Ss   Jul31   0:00 /usr/bin/kdm
root      4097  4.2 15.7 155004 81188 tty7     Ss+  Jul31 
734:24 /usr/bin/X -br
root      4110  0.0  0.1   3920   844 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 -:0
root      4153  0.0  0.1   4900   584 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/hpiod
hplip     4158  0.0  0.1   9668   992 ?        S    Jul31   0:06 
python /usr/sbi
root      4203  0.0  0.2   5584  1060 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:06 /usr/sbin/apt-i
103       4219  0.0  0.1   2180   524 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/bin/dbus-d
106       4234  0.0  0.2   7048  1264 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:03 /usr/sbin/hald
root      4235  0.0  0.1   2912   560 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 hald-runner
106       4241  0.0  0.1   2024   536 ?        S    Jul31   
0:00 /usr/lib/hal/ha
106       4246  0.0  0.1   2028   568 ?        S    Jul31   
0:01 /usr/lib/hal/ha
106       4262  0.0  0.1   2032   576 ?        S    Jul31   
1:11 /usr/lib/hal/ha
106       4265  0.0  0.1   2028   580 ?        S    Jul31   
0:32 /usr/lib/hal/ha
root      4281  0.0  0.1   2076   620 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:08 /usr/sbin/dhcdb
root      4299  0.0  0.2  12176  1052 ?        Ssl  Jul31   
0:02 /usr/sbin/Netwo
root      4313  0.0  0.1   2964   716 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/Netwo
jabber    4378  0.0  0.1   4576   836 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:02 /usr/sbin/jabbe
jabber    4380  0.0  0.0   4436   232 ?        S    Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/jabbe
root      4402  0.0  0.1   2728   756 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/lisa
root      4442  0.0  0.1   8672   628 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/smbd
root      4501  0.0  0.0   8672   128 ?        S    Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/smbd
root      4502  0.0  0.0   2068   416 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/hcid
root      4509  0.0  0.0   1664   352 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/sdpd
root      4520  0.0  0.0      0     0 ?        S<   Jul31   0:00 [krfcommd]
daemon    4552  0.0  0.0   1852   308 ?        Ss   Jul31   0:00 /usr/sbin/atd
root      4565  0.0  0.1   2196   668 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/sbin/cron
tilleyrw  4665  0.0  0.0   1656   348 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /bin/sh /usr/bi
tilleyrw  4717  0.0  0.0   4484   272 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/bin/ssh-ag
tilleyrw  4720  0.0  0.0   2528   484 ?        S    Jul31   
0:00 /usr/bin/dbus-l
tilleyrw  4721  0.0  0.0   2060   248 ?        Ss   Jul31   
0:00 /usr/bin/dbus-d
root      4757  0.0  0.0   1444   104 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 
start_kdeinit -
tilleyrw  4758  0.0  1.3  25660  7164 ?        Ss   Jul31   0:10 kdeinit 
Running
tilleyrw  4761  0.0  0.5  25168  2748 ?        S    Jul31   1:14 dcopserver 
[kde
tilleyrw  4764  0.0  1.6  27504  8284 ?        S    Jul31   0:11 klauncher 
[kdei
tilleyrw  4766  0.0  2.9  38292 15428 ?        S    Jul31   3:30 kded 
[kdeinit]
tilleyrw  4772  0.0  0.0   1584   268 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 kwrapper 
ksmser
tilleyrw  4774  0.0  1.6  26392  8688 ?        S    Jul31   0:01 ksmserver 
[kdei
tilleyrw  4775  0.0  2.3  30236 12092 ?        S    Jul31   2:21 kwin 
[kdeinit]
tilleyrw  4777  0.0  2.5  33404 12992 ?        S    Jul31   1:25 kdesktop 
[kdein
tilleyrw  4779  0.0  3.1  35884 16016 ?        S    Jul31   6:02 kicker 
[kdeinit
tilleyrw  4794  0.0  2.2  31800 11788 ?        S    Jul31   0:07 kio_uiserver 
[k
tilleyrw  4797  0.0  1.9  28408 10228 ?        S    Jul31   0:01 kxkb 
[kdeinit]
tilleyrw  4803  0.0  0.8  30620  4616 ?        S    Jul31   
0:50 /usr/bin/artsd
tilleyrw  4809  0.0  1.5  26012  8188 ?        S    Jul31   0:06 kaccess 
[kdeini
tilleyrw  4817  0.0  2.1  29692 11276 ?        S    Jul31   0:02 kmix 
[kdeinit]
tilleyrw  4818  0.0  2.2  31940 11388 ?        S    Jul31   0:04 
katapult -sessi
tilleyrw  4821  0.0  2.4  31912 12404 ?        S    Jul31   0:12 konsole 
[kdeini
tilleyrw  4822  0.0  1.7  27768  8852 ?        S    Jul31   0:01 konqueror 
[kdei
tilleyrw  4823  0.0  1.7  27768  8852 ?        S    Jul31   0:01 konqueror 
[kdei
tilleyrw  4825  0.0  3.1  41004 16308 ?        S    Jul31   0:11 
knotes -session
tilleyrw  4827  0.2 21.0 223868 108224 ?       Sl   Jul31  45:56 
kontact -sessio
tilleyrw  4832  0.0  0.3   5720  1600 pts/0    Ss   Jul31   0:00 /bin/bash
tilleyrw  4838  0.0  2.2  27568 11808 ?        S    Jul31   6:42 kget -session 
1
tilleyrw  4844  0.0  0.1   7848   980 ?        S    Jul31   0:00 
aspell -a -S -C
tilleyrw  4853  0.0  1.8  34820  9584 ?        S    Jul31   1:24 knotify 
[kdeini
tilleyrw  4855  0.0  0.0   1864   428 ?        S    Jul31   
0:06 /usr/bin/passke
tilleyrw  4858  0.0  1.8  27284  9360 ?        S    Jul31   0:04 
kbluetoothd --d
tilleyrw  4860  0.0  1.9  27088  9908 ?        S    Jul31   0:08 klipper 
[kdeini
tilleyrw  4861  0.0  1.9  30856 10124 ?        S    Jul31   1:21 
adept_notifier
tilleyrw  4863  0.0  1.8  26864  9656 ?        S    Jul31   0:01 oooqs2
tilleyrw  5008 37.9  1.9  56732 10068 ?        R    Jul31 6527:46 klash -x 
46138
tilleyrw  5013 39.4  1.9  56736 10060 ?        R    Jul31 6776:32 klash -x 
46138
tilleyrw  5030  0.0  1.6  26540  8588 ?        S    Jul31   0:02 kttsd
tilleyrw  5044  0.0  2.0  29748 10416 ?        S    Jul31   0:05 
korgac --miniic
tilleyrw  5348  0.0  1.9  27172 10180 ?        S    Jul31   0:04 
kwalletmanager
tilleyrw  5640  0.6  9.5 100156 49288 ?        S    Jul31 111:53 konqueror 
[kdei
cupsys    7594  0.0  0.1   4564   736 ?        SNs  Aug01   
0:00 /usr/sbin/cupsd
tilleyrw  9154  1.9  6.8  66996 35028 ?        S    Aug01 303:22 konqueror 
[kdei
tilleyrw 19692  0.0  4.8  53068 25196 ?        S    Aug07   0:16 konqueror 
[kdei
tilleyrw 19735 26.7  2.0  56736 10532 ?        R    Aug07 2070:58 klash -x 
75499
tilleyrw 22577  0.0  6.0  66408 31368 ?        S    Aug08   4:53 /usr/bin/kate
dhcp     22607  0.0  0.1   2396   624 ?        S    Aug08   
0:00 /sbin/dhclient
tilleyrw 29055  0.0  0.3   8244  1932 ?        S    Aug10   0:00 
aspell -a -S -C
tilleyrw 29058  0.0  0.3   7844  1892 ?        S    Aug10   0:00 
aspell -a -S -C
tilleyrw 30353  0.0  3.5  35432 18508 ?        S    Aug11   0:50 kfind
root     32436  0.0  0.1   3800   532 ?        SNs  07:35   
0:00 /usr/bin/dirmng
root     32516  0.0  0.1   1648   568 ?        SNs  07:37   0:00 /sbin/syslogd
tilleyrw  1867  0.0  1.4  28080  7692 ?        S    17:09   0:00 kio_file 
[kdein
tilleyrw  2116 11.2  3.3  56736 17496 ?        R    17:35   1:59 klash -x 
658833
tilleyrw  2216  0.0  1.7  55452  9016 ?        S    17:47   0:00 kio_smtp 
[kdein
tilleyrw  2224  0.2  1.0   8124  5352 ?        S    17:49   0:00 
aspell -a -S -C
tilleyrw  2229  0.0  0.1   2472   988 pts/0    R+   17:53   0:00 ps aux
tilleyrw at tilleyrw-desktop:~/tropic-rewrite$

I know this ain't Windows, but should I just do a complete reinstall of 
Kubuntu Feisty?  Maybe delete my ".kde" directory and begin with fresh 
preferences?

Help, Bob
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