Weird and huge CPU consumption with no patch open!


    Jun 24 2006 | 10:01 am
    Hello,
    I am running MaxMSP 4.5.7 under MacOS X 10.3.8 on a G4/867 MHz TiBook with 768 MB of RAM and a 100 GB/7200 rpm HDD.
    I wanted to show someone the difference between the CPU consumption showed in the DSP Status window and the consumption showed by the "top" app in the terminal (which is suppoed to include activity of the scheduler). I was quite surprised to discover that with not a a single patch open and audio off, MaxMSP was eating much CPU, with values evolving randomly from almost 0 % to more than 70 %.
    I have tried the following without any result : - discarting externals; - removing patches in the "extras" folder; - quitting and relaunching; - starting and stopping audio.
    The problem remains also after reboot of the computer.
    Any clue?
    Roald Baudoux

    • Jun 25 2006 | 2:21 am
      i think -but i'm unsure- that the peaks are not real pu uisage, but ghost peaks. on my 1.5Ghz pb, idle max takes about 7%
      cheers j