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CPU Speed at 100% always? Running extremely slow.

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Having trouble with a HP Pavilion 513N (P9850A) the sytem responds very slowly. Also running Windows XP home edition. I have determined that even with no application or processes running the CPU speed is 100%. I was able to open the task manager and find this information. Could there be a problem with the motherboard? Any other suggustions?
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by:rid
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There are always processes running. Try CTrl+Alt+Del and choose task manager. The processes tab shows which processes are running. Note that system idle ususally takes 99%, when  nothing else is running. The performance tab shows processor utilisation.

You should see if any one process, except system idle, takes CPU utilisation if all programs are shut down.
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by:manch03
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Even under proformance the CPU is at 100% which causes the computer to run extremely slow. Currently 15 processes running. No applications.
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by:rid
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And are all processes taking 0% of processor capacity? If so, you'd better check for virus infection quickly.
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by:manch03
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The hard drive was wiped out and Windows XP Home reloaded. One process kbd.exe is taking 99%, and all other processes are at 0%
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by:Callandor
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It seems to be HP's keyboard driver.  Do you have spyware or a key logger running on your machine?

spybot
http://spybot.safer-networking.de/index.php?lang=en&page=download

AdAware
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

Spycop:
http://www.spycop.com/ 
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by:manch03
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I do not have spyware or key logger on the maching unless it was included with XP?
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See if this aricle is relevant to your problem:

HP Pavilion Runs Slow After HP Keyboard Update Software Is Installed
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;812337
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