I am on Ubuntu 20.04 (Kernel: 5.4.0-42-generic) and have been experiencing high CPU usage (30-40%); even when I'm just looking at my desktop without any applications open in the background.

I have recently made two changes to my system:

  1. Upgraded RAM (Previously had 4GB, added an 8GB stick)
  2. Installed Windows 10 (Dual-Boot)

And I believe it is after I dual-booted windows I'm facing this issue. I can hear my fans all cranked up, this wasn't an issue before.


I also updated the BIOS after installing windows, maybe that is the cause of the issue?

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  • Execute top on terminal and add the screenshot of that. – Akib Azmain Aug 22 '20 at 12:37
  • Have updated the post with the result of top command – Vandit Goel Aug 22 '20 at 13:48
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    Is Secure Boot disabled in your BIOS? – heynnema Aug 22 '20 at 14:05
  • @heynnema I just checked and somehow it got enabled after a bios update I did. I've now disabled it and the CPU usage is back to normal! – Vandit Goel Aug 22 '20 at 14:21

System Monitor

In System Monitor enable All Processes for a more complete look...

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Or use the top command in the terminal.


In order to take the speed advantage of memory interleaving, memory DIMMs should always be configured in equal size/type DIMM pairs. With 4G, you should have either added another 4G DIMM, or replaced it with two 8G DIMMs.


  • boot into Windows
  • open the Power control panel
  • choose change what the power buttons do
  • choose change options that are unavailable
  • uncheck fast startup
  • close the Power control panel
  • open an administrative command prompt window
  • type powercfg /h off
  • type chkdsk /f c:
  • approve to run chkdsk at next reboot
  • type chkdsk /f x: (replacing "x" with drive letters of other visible NTFS partitions)
  • reboot into Windows to let chkdsk run on drive C:

Update #1:

From the comments... Turned off Secure Boot in the BIOS, and it's working fine now.

  • as suggested by this comment, my secure boot was enabled. After disabling it everything seems to be normal. – Vandit Goel Aug 22 '20 at 14:24

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