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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

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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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