Processor Use

Tim Tebbit ttebbit at
Sun Sep 13 00:30:36 UTC 2009

Michael Comperchio wrote:
> I have the system monitor running in my panel and it consistantly show
> around 50% processor use! ( Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 (2.00GHz, 1MB
> L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) ) Is this normal? I don't see any processes
> running that are using that much cpu in the process list panel of the
> monitor? Also when I go to logoff I get a messagebox telling me that
> there is an unkown process running, when I say yes to kill that process
> the CPU load goes way down... I just don't know where to find that
> 'unknown' process!
> Michael

look at 'top or 'htop' and sort process by cpu usage. That will give you
an idea.

Do you have an indexer running? Google Desktop, begale, etc? Those can
eat up cpu. The system sounds like a laptop. On board graphics? Do you
use compiz? Lots of possibilities.

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