Author Topic: CPU spikes on start up and high CPU usage when running time machine  (Read 636 times)

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A few times just now, Time machine crashed on startup. I think it must have been because of CPU usage going above 100%. After a few tries it worked, but there have been big worrying spikes in CPU usage going up past 70% and then dropping down to 12% or so then going up and down again. My CPU is a good one I think. It's an intel core i5 4460 3.2GHZ so you'd think it wouldn't struggle at all with any program really. Why are there big spikes please? The main worry is the spikes and it crashing on startup. It also goes slow on startup like it's struggling.

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This is just my solution. Run TM on a VPS with Windows Server 2012 R2, single or twin core processor and 2 Gb ram.  Runs totally smoothly with no crashes.  I'm sure it will, but I have never been able to get it to run smoothly on a domestic Windows system (7 or 10).  There is too much other junk running on a laptop or desktop that increases CPU demand.

My laptop is an Intel i7 with 8Gb ram and I have always experienced difficulty getting TM to load market data in less than a few hours. I don't know why, but when I need to run it now I just use my VPS and stop worrying about it.

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This is just my solution. Run TM on a VPS with Windows Server 2012 R2, single or twin core processor and 2 Gb ram.  Runs totally smoothly with no crashes.  I'm sure it will, but I have never been able to get it to run smoothly on a domestic Windows system (7 or 10).  There is too much other junk running on a laptop or desktop that increases CPU demand.

My laptop is an Intel i7 with 8Gb ram and I have always experienced difficulty getting TM to load market data in less than a few hours. I don't know why, but when I need to run it now I just use my VPS and stop worrying about it.
Thanks for your reply rubold. When you say "VPS" do you mean virtual private server? I have googled Windows Server 2012 and it appears to be a piece of software you have to buy. So I will look into it and see if I have to do that or if there's a free way to solve this problem. Once again thanks for your help.

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When I open Time Machine now, it shows 100% disk usage on Task Manager and it causes Time Machine to not respond and I have to shut it down. How can I fix this problem also please? I have around 40 horse races loaded into Time Machine that I need to test. Thanks.

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The program uses a lot of CPU and disk on startup, but if you leave it for a minute to load markets and start running the time machine after say 2 minutes or so, it works OK. For me at least. So problem solved.