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akci

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Hi

When I minimize an older d3d game it starts to use up 100% of the CPU. While running everything is okay, I had taskmgr open to see how much it uses at the moment I minimize it, and it's about 20%, so it's normal.
But a few seconds after it climbs up to 100% and stays there.
After some google search all I could find that may related to this is a windows component called indexing service, I killed it but that didn't do any difference.
It's not very big problem, just an annoyance, that every time I want to do something else I have to exit the game.
Can you help please?
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Hi there akci, welcome to Geeks To Go.

Could you let us know your system specification?
Please list down the below information for us.
  • Processor Model
  • RAM Capacity (512mb, 1gb, 2gb and etc)
  • Graphic Cards Model
  • OS platform

For your information, you can actually determines which are the system file that eats up most of your RAM. Also, when the usage climbs up to 100%, you should be able to identify which services is running. From there, you can actually knows what is culprit that results such high system usage.

Thanks
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Hi sUBtech

The culprit is the game exe itself (Tomb Raider 3 btw) which is very strange because a game shouldn't use much of the cpu when minimized.
Minimizing works fine with new games though.

My system: cpu P4 2.8ghz, ram 1gb, vga radeon 3650 512mb, win xp sp3.

I put back my old geforce fx5500 card for the same result, so it's suffice to say that it isn't a vga card problem.

Any ideas?

Edited by akci, 03 November 2008 - 01:31 PM.

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