It is alright after the program is opened for a bit, but will spike up horribly again if you try alt-tab or switch between programs. Also if it is performing an intensive operation, it spikes.
An example is Windows media Player/Winamp. They can no longer play a movie correctly. It slows up and jerks the picture/sound and then gets back to normal, before doing it again. I can watch the movie, but it isnt smothe at all.
The first time in noticed it was when I was playing music in winamp, and opened Word to work. The computer had been fine doing this for as long as i've had it, but this time, and ever since then, it slows the music down so that it's not understandable, before it settles, and the music starts playing at full speed again.
The CPU is an AMD Athlon 1.2 ghz, I have 512 mb or RAM and a 200gb IDE Seagate hdd. I have no virus/spyware that nod32, Ad=aware, Spybot, CWDShredder can pick up. Would this be hardware problem? Could it mean the CPU is going to burn out soon. I've had this rig for 4-5 years now, so its getting old.
Any input would be appreciated. I'd also like some info on ways to tell if the CPU is going, or what other peripheals it could be.