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why is CPU maxed out - FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_146.exe *32 killing me

I've have some issues with memory on HP desktop, but have had good help recently from EE, and things are pretty quiet - no BSOD's.

But watching memory usage is confusing me . . .
Task Mgr
- why is FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_146.exe *32 killing me ?

- why does TaskMgr say "97% CPU usage", but the processes only added up to 86 ? I guess it's all the processes taking up less than 1% usage, but that just seems odd.

So I recently re-booted, and it's clicking along at 96%, mostly due to the FlashPlayerPlugin, plus firefox.

I've stopped using Chrome because I keep getting "Shockwave has crashed" (and I've fixed that [supposedly] by disabling the Chrome use of Flash [something like that]).

Windows 7 Ultimate, upgraded from Vista Home Premium, SP 2
HP, Model a6600f
Processor Intel Pentium Dual CPU E220 @ 2.2Ghz
4.0 GM RAM

I limit my usage of IE because it seems to be a memory hog as well.

My next step is to buy new memory, that was the general consensus from the EE post linked above. The one thing I did from that post was upgrade my video drivers, which seemed to work to good effect.

So until I get the memory, anything I can do ? Opera also seems to chug along, and I don't think Safari is worth fiddling with.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Did you deal with the Video Card issue spoken of in the previous post?
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
tailoreddigital,

no, I did not deal with the video card issue, only the drivers. I wasn't sure which I should do first - the new memory cards or the video card. Based on my system's issues, it seems like the memory cards should be replaced first.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
I just wonder if this Flash Issue is related or being affected by the Video issue.

You could try to remove the Flash Player and install a different version (even if it's older), just to at least troubleshoot this (narrow down the possible causes).

Uninstaller,

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html


Archive of Flash Players,

http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
tailor,

good idea, I'll try that, thanks
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Ok, I uninstalled and re-installed 10.3.183.43, it seems ok.

Maybe the 11_5_502_146 version didn't get along with my PC and related memory issues. It does seem quiet now . . .

So would you recommend trying to get a video card or upgrading memory first
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
Now I have an application on IE-8 complaining: "To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.0 or greater is installed."

But on Programs and features, it's plainly 10.3.183.43 . . .

However, it's working on FF.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
ahhhhhh, BSOD, right after opening Opera and it installed latest version.

I think I'll move forward with the new memory sticks
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Sorry about the late reply i had to run off for a technical job.

I think the RAM (memory) would be a good move.

Does the BSOD list any error?
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nobusCommented:
run a ram test first for at least 3 full passes, i suggest memtest86+ from www.memtest.org
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
tailor, BSOD was MEMORY_MANAGEMENT or something similar, I didn't take a picture of it.

nobus, when I ran memtest last time, I didn't know what to do with it, it would say something like "memory error", but all that made me think was I needed new memory sticks.
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nobusCommented:
memtest86+ should prodice NO errors at all, even 1 is too many
you can tets each stick at the time, in each slot (sometimes errors are caused  by bad slots too)
that way you only replace the faulty stick
be sure to buy the same model
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
nobus, ok thanks again. I will get the mem sticks and then run memtest.

will close this out shortly, thanks all.
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
Be sure you've tried re-seating the sticks (which would happen if you did what nobus just suggested).   Once in a great while, i've seen re-seating solve a memory error.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
tailor, good suggestion. I'll give that a try tonight but will just get going on the new memory sticks.
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dbruntonCommented:
And wipe the dust off the sticks if removing and reseating.  Use a tissue.  The dust (if it is there may be the cause).
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
yes, it is very dusty . . . good point, thanks
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dbruntonCommented:
And if memory is dusty and the interior is dusty get rid of the dust.  Could be affecting cooling as well.  May be affecting motherboard or peripheral cards.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
dbrunton, how do I get rid of the dust ? is there a mini-vac available for computers ?
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dbruntonCommented:
Recommended method is a can of compressed air to blow it all off.  This is to stop static electricity occurring.

However I use a vacuum cleaner with a plastic tip, NOT metal.  Just hold it slightly above the motherboard and components and you'll get most of the dust off.  Won't hurt if you touch the motherboard accidentally or on purpose if you've got stubborn dust such as around a capacitor.

Make sure computer is disconnected from wall and press power button to discharge any stored charge in system.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
dbrunton, I will get the dust off tonight, thanks !
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tailoreddigitalCommented:
I haven't seen dust stop memory from functioning, but can't hurt.  

Isopropyl alcohol is another good cleaning agent.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
tailor, ok, thanks.
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dbruntonCommented:
>>  I haven't seen dust stop memory from functioning, but can't hurt.  

I have.  I have a dusty environment for certain computers and dust does affect the memory there and operation of the computer.

I suspect for removing dust you won't need the alcohol unless it has strongly caked onto the motherboard.  A little bit for wiping the contact edges of the RAM won't hurt as long as you wipe it off afterwards but a plain tissue should be just as good.  This helps ensure good contact with the motherboard.
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nobusCommented:
i have kept an old round hoover from the '70ies - that can suck and blow - so i can blow the PC's out easily.
Using a compressor is not recommended - for sparks, and humidity
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
nobus, thanks as well.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
increasing points.
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
excellent feedback, thanks. I accidentally loaded FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502<wbr />_146.exe *32 (my original issue). But everything seems quiet. Flash 10.2.183.43 is also loaded, and TaskMgr only shows "plug-in containe.exe *32, it does NOT show FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502<wbr />_146.exe *32 which was the thing killing me.<br /><br />I've settled on FF and IE, Opera seems like a memory hog and Chrome I can't get rid of "Shockwave has crashed".<br /><br />Haven't cleaned the dust yet, but will do so soon, that will be my interim solution until I get the new memory sticks. After that, the video cards.
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nobusCommented:
the reason probably was - when the cpu got hot, speedstep technology screws the cpu speed down - so it won't burn out
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Alaska CowboyAuthor Commented:
FYI - my computer is VERY quiet, no BSOD, cpu / memory isn't maxing out at all. Biggest thing this time is FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_146.exe seems very quiet, it was killing me. I loaded Adobe Flash 10 Plugin (10.3.183.43), and later Adobe Flash Player ActiveX loaded before I realized it, but all seems well :-)

still haven't dusted yet, but will do that soon as well as ordering new memory (and then running memtest86).

After that maybe get a video card. but it's looking good.
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nobusCommented:
good to hear that william, tx for the feedback
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