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10.4: Damaged widgets may cause CPU usage issues Apps
Tiger only hintI have noticed that if a widget's preferences get corrupted, that widget's CPU usage can scale, and use all or most of your CPU cycles. The fix is to use Activity Viewer to list processes by CPU %, locate the troubling widget, and delete that widget's preferences file. Upon re-launching the widget, all should be well.

I didn't notice I had this problem until performing some intense processor activites. So if you feel your computer is a bit laggy, check out your widgets' CPU usage.
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10.4: Damaged widgets may cause CPU usage issues
Authored by: durb on Oct 21, '05 12:17:13PM

I have two CPU widget hogs:

CaliforniaCoastalCam
and
RadioRabbit

For the first one, no matter what I type in the Search field I can't find it! Nor is it running or in the widget folders. For the second one, I can't find the prefs file for it. Any suggestions where to look anybody? Is it possible to kill a process in Activity Monitor? Thanks!



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10.4: Damaged widgets may cause CPU usage issues
Authored by: boredzo on Oct 21, '05 02:17:30PM

you can kill a process by clicking on it and clicking Quit. if you don't have the Quit button, configure your toolbar.



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10.4: Damaged widgets may cause CPU usage issues
Authored by: digitol on Oct 21, '05 02:43:22PM

Simply Quitting the process from the Activity viewer in most cases, WILL NOT HELP, the widget will still run or re-launch, you need to close the widget first from dashboard. Widgets are stored in 2 locations user library or the root library. Preferences file is users/username/library/preferences.

Hope that helps. I think Apple should implement a safegaurd against this problem! Ugh. !!



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10.4: Damaged widgets may cause CPU usage issues
Authored by: gaoshan on Oct 21, '05 02:44:04PM

Try this:

In terminal type

sudo find / -iname "*CaliforniaCoastalCam*" -print
This will find anything with "CaliforniaCoastalCam" in it. Do the same for RadioRabbit as it will find the plist that controls the widget. Probably something like /Users/yourname/Library/Preferences/blahblah.widget.RadioRabbit.plist.

Either way, your widgets should all be located in: /Users/yourname/Library/Widgets/ and your widget plists should all be in the above Preferences location.



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10.4: Damaged widgets may cause CPU usage issues
Authored by: digitol on Oct 21, '05 02:45:12PM

Spotlight finds widgets too! :)



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