I was just perusing the internet listening to a recently downloaded song when I noticed the computer was running abnormally slow. So...I checked my CPU usage, and it was at 100%. I'm not nessisarly privy to complexities of the inner workings of the computer, but I'm assuming this is not normal. Besides that...the only programs I was dabbling in were IE and AIM.
So I paused the song to see if it'd let the CPU usage go down...and it did. Then I resumed it to see if it'd go back up to 100%...and it did. (As you can see here). Determined to see if the problem was momentary or not, I paused WMP and opened Photoshop (partially to screen cap my problem) and noticed the CPU usage was again maxing out when I was doing something as simple as selecting an area of the image (it seriously can't take 100% of my CPU usage to select a TINY part of an image can it?).
After closing everything and waiting a bit to see if the problem went away (which it did) I tried to replacate the problem again, oddly enough to no avail. So I kept on going...as I normally would, and eventually it worked its way back up to 100% again. Because of this delay before actually maxing out...I'm inclined to believe the problem behind this MAY also be responsable for videos freezing/skipping after a short while of watching them.
In WMP the music doesn't suffer from the max out, though the visualization effects do (as does any popup that comes up when I try to change it).
Like I said, I'm not totally sure this is a problem or something that just happens...but to me it doesn't seem like the CPU should be maxing out simply over WMP playing music while I surf the internet...
Any advice/help would be hot.