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LastTyme 29th March 2014 16:57

CPU over 80%, but nothing's running
Not a single thing is running on my laptop but Procaster, and the CPU is constantly, consistently over 80%. A few seconds after I try and start streaming, it shoots up immediately, sometimes directly to 100%.

I'm a complete noob to all this techy stuff; I haven't a single clue what any of this means or what I'm suppose to do about it.

I'm beginning to fear my laptop just isn't strong/fast enough to handle livestream... I hope not.


Windows 8
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Model: Satellite C855D
Processor: AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.40GHz
Installed memory(RAM): 4.00 GB (3.59 usable)
System Type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor

JPET09 30th March 2014 09:34


You could try streaming at a lower quality. You'll see a dramatic drop in your CPU numbers. For example, most laptops don't have enough power to send out a 4 quality (HD + High + Medium + Mobile) stream, but they have adequate CPU to maintain a Medium + Mobile stream.

We recommend your computer to have at least the following system specifications in order to have the best experience with Procaster:

Quad Core CPU
1500Kbps upload bandwidth (check this by visiting
Dedicated video card, 512MB VRAM
Windows Vista / Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher

If you believe your machine fits these specs and you're still having CPU issues, please open a support ticket in our help center so we can better help you troubleshoot (


LastTyme 30th March 2014 19:25

I'm sorry, but it doesn't feel like you actually read my post.

I have no idea if my computer fits those qualifications, because I'm not exactly great with technology. I've done the speed test, and posted the results.

I've tried different qualities; that was actually my first attempt. All qualities gives me the same results.

bblinder 30th March 2014 20:14

Hi LastTyme,

I took a look at the specs you provided, and it looks like that CPU is a dual core that clocks in at 1.4 GHZ, which is rather on the low side (we recommend a quad core).

What qualities were you streaming in? I'd recommend starting at the "Normal" quality, which should be able to be handled by your CPU. Ensure that you're not running any anti-virus programs while streaming, as those can be quite the CPU hogs.

Your upload speed is pretty good, provided you're not on a shared network.

LastTyme 30th March 2014 20:47

Hi, bblinder.

I've tried mobile, normal, custom... They all shoot up the CPU. I don't have any anti-virus programs, either. But about the quad-core... That's just part of the computer, isn't it? Does that mean my computer just isn't fast enough the way it is?

Thanks for the help, by the way.

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