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    Angry having a spiking CPU
    I am having a spiking CPU and it seems to be because of this thing called a kernal-task. This is a recent problem.

    Here is screenshot of activity monitor.



    please help me out.

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    Would say it is not that. Need to scroll down further and see what is using the CPU cycles.

    You're sitting at 100% and kernel_task is only using 1.4%, Firefox at 18.6, etc.
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    It looks like its more a problem with something called ReportCrash.. It keeps popping up at 50.5%-90.5% of my CPU.

    thanks.


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    Look at the log in Library/Logs/CrashReporter.

    See if you can identify what's causing it there. Hopefully it will be software.
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    I dont have anything that is coming up more recently then the 14th of April... and this pops up every 3 seconds or so.

    Any suggestions on what I should do?

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    1st thing is re-boot. Need to determine what program is crashing.
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    Try the solutions in this thread if a reboot doesn't work.

    If that doesn't work, we will go through processes one by one. What do you have set as login items right now?
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    You can also try checking the console found in Applications/Utilities.

    See if it's log will give you a hint.
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