On a Pendium D, I would expect it to get maxed out initially, but would then expect its CPU cycles to fall. Does that CPU usage diminish, or stay at 100%? At 100%, there are no CPU cycles for the OS.
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The CPU usage does not diminish. It stays at 100% for hours when doing completely nothing with the program.
I mean 98% or 99% CPU load and not literally 100%
I would say that a Pentium D with 2 gigs of RAM is really a bit underpowered for this program. Particularly if you've got less than 30 gigs of free, clean, freshly defragmented space on your C drive.
In my books I recommend at least a dual-core machine with 4 gigs of RAM for standard def video and a quad core or i7 for hi-def AVCHD.
Yes I know my system barely meet the technical requirements but this does not explain why the program uses that much CPU power without any opened projects or clips. There should be another explanation.
No, it doesn't barely meet the tech requirements (regardless of Adobe's suggested minimums). It is not adequate to work with this program.
With only 2 gigs of RAM, the program is not only idling but also doing a lot of paging. And, if you've got less than 30 gigs of clean, free, defragmented space, it's also struggling with defragmentation.
It's also possible the Organizer is auto-analyzing your drive and if you've got other programs running in the background (like a live defrag program or an intrusive antivirus program like Norton or McAfee) that could be contributing to the problem.
When the program is idle it uses only 400 MB of memory and the system is not paging a lot. The Organizer was the first thing I shut down and also other programs and services have been shut down.
To me it seems that Premiere "claims" the maximum CPU power so it is able to run on a system like mine, although it does not really need it when idle.