I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but with Skype 126.96.36.199 loaded, my WinXP PC regularly has one of its CPUs pegged by the application. Even when I'm doing nothing on the PC, I'm seeing significant CPU usage by the skype executable. Any ideas what might be causing this and how I can reduce or eliminate it?
03-12-2012 06:21 - edited 03-12-2012 06:45
If you don't have a ton of conversations running at once, you're above 1GHZ in clock speed, you've got more than 256 MB of RAM, and you're on XP I guess that the only other system requirement is that you've got a more up-to-date version of DirectX 9.0 or greater. I'll let the more experienced guys help you out, but your CPU may just be getting old. I know my older PC stopped interlacing it's programs well and spent a bit too much power on certain programs before it died after quite a few years of heavy usage.
Another good thing to do would be to visit your Windows Update program and go into the optional updates area to see if you need to update your service pack.
In Skype, Click View >> Skype Home >> Click the blue (gear) button on the right
Switch to the Compact View
In the menubar, Click View >> Compact View
Turn off help and Skype tips and Promotions.
Go to, Tools >> Options... >> Notifications >> Alerts and messages >> Untick "help and Skype tips" and "Promotions".
Thanks Tamim. Looks like the issue has something to do with my Facebook contacts. Bludy Skype, and my PC, slows to a crawl when the connect to Facebook option is selected. Things are improved a bit though if I leave it connected, and switch to Compact View. Skype exe usage stays high for awhile, then settles down to a low rate (between 10~20%).
I also received this error message a few times shortly after startup before switching to Compact View:
Error: Not enough storage is available to complete this operation
What anti-virus application or security suite is installed?
Please Run the Cleaning Manager Utility
Press WinKey + R to open the Run window
WinKey (the button is located between the left Ctrl and Alt with the Windows logo)
type: cleanmgr tuneup and press Enter
select the following check boxes and click OK, then Click Delete files.
- Temp Setup Files
- Downloaded Program Files
- Temp Internet Files
- Recycle Bin
- Temp Files
- Temp Windows Installation Files
I'm using MS Security Essentials for A/V duty.
The "storage" issue was caused by the PC running out of memory rather than disk space. I was observing the memory usage via Task Manager, and the skype exe's memory usage ran up to about 1.7GB(!) before crashing.