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How Can Linux Top Show 2% Idle, but Load Say 1.20?

Something strange has suddenly happend and I need help. top shows only 1 running process with >300 waiting. CPU load is > 100, but only a few %. What could be the problem?

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marked as duplicate by Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams, splattne Oct 8 '11 at 7:07

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There might be processes in IOWait contributing to the higher load.

One way of finding those is by running this command:

ps fauxw  | awk '$8 == "D" { print }'
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There are some processes with D, but most are S or Ss. –  Kamil Oct 8 '11 at 6:49
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