Hey, ok I'm having this problem on my pc atm where it runs at 100% cpu usage all the the time. Like I won't have anything running at all and I'll try open facebook for example and it takes about 5minutes to open. No matter what I run it eats all the cpu making doing anything other than talking on skype and browsing the internet all but impossible.
I've wiped the harddrive back to the conditions it was in when I got it from the factory with no luck. Being a dell computer I could run the diagnostics tool they use and check all the hardware on the pc for any faults. Came back clean with no errors (I was guided through this on the phone by dell themselves so I shouldn't have got this wrong). Finally Ive rewiped my harddrive and clean installed windows 7 on it (when i got the laptop it was running vista but with a free upgrade to windows 7 on release as it was out in like a month). This means I have nothing on the harddrive apart from the operating system, no drivers, nothing. Still 100% cpu usage doing the most menial of tasks. Considering this is a £3000 gaming laptop it shouldn't have this problem. Dells helpline is closed for the weekend which is why im coming here to see if anyone has had this problem before or knows what might be the problem. Ive checked the BIOS overclocking etc and everything is running (or says there that it is) at the correct speed, but it clearly isn't when I'm using it.
Im running a M17x Alienware laptop with windows 7 operating system (originally vista).