Look at the task manager and see if there is one program or process that is using all the CPU Cycles. If you check the box at the bottom for showing process's from all users you will see everything that is running. Also if you click the CPU header, you can sort the process's by the number of cycles being used. If it shows zero at the top, click it again and it will change the sort direction.
When the computer is sitting idle, System Idle Process should be using 90% or so of the cycles. If something else is using more than a few % of cycles, let me know.