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wtf is kworker and why is it running 9 processes on my box now?
368 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:1]
816 ? S 0:00 [kworker/u:6]
817 ? S 0:00 [kworker/u:7]
2098 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:6]
2538 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:0]
3006 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:5]
3177 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:4]
3571 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:3]
3695 ? S 0:00 [kworker/0:2]
Linux dtd 126.96.36.199-smp #1 SMP Sat May 21 20:29:12 CDT 2011 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) Processor LE-1640 AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux
I had same the problem kworker going mad. I have been messing around with BIOS setting (overclocking), then Kworker started using 100% on core 0. Cleared the BIOS by taking out battery and replacing it, this stopped the Kworker problem for me.
... hew, I'm feeling sorry about it, but I red your explanations and didn't manage to solve that trouble on my computer! :'(
Still presently, some kworker/0:x processes are using a lot of my CPU power, around 70/80%, and I can't understand the way to solve it...