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New Processor/ Old Bios?


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#1 spank6467

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 02:34 PM

I wanted more speed and multi-tasking ability so I replaced my P4 3Ghz chip with a Pent D 925. My board is an Intel 945GPM, with a gig of memory, running XP Media Center Edition. My computer seems to encoded video a little faster and my CPU usage is down 10%. For some reason I can't install the Desktop Utilities(to check temps) or the ViiV software that came with the board, although the Utilities portion of the program was installed earlier when I had the P4 chip installed. Since the install it takes longer for my computer to boot(no programs selected on start-up) and my fans run at full speed all the time. Is there something else I need to do like a BIOS update or maybe change the settings?

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 09:07 AM

Well...if you had read up on processors before buying...I think you would have found that Pentium Ds run hot.

In any case, looking at these threads may be beneficial: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Pentium+Ds+run+hot

And...if you had doubled your RAM, you probably would have had "more speed."

4 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Performance - http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/getstarted/speed.mspx

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Edited by hamluis, 28 October 2007 - 09:12 AM.


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Posted 28 October 2007 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for your advice, however I did do a little research before I bought this chip. Most of the "hot" complaints were coming from those who purchased Pent D 8xx not the 9xx that I purchased. From what I've read my idle temp is still about 20 degrees too high. I'm gonna pull the chip, clean it and apply a fresh coat of grease. My computer is still running too slow, the speed at which programs open is slower than my P4, that can't be right.

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Posted 28 October 2007 - 01:52 PM

If you look at the Google list I provided, I think you will find other owners/users of Pentium D making similar comments as yours.

I myself don't have a D, so I can't share personal experiences.

If the programs currently installed are the same ones installed previously...I don't know what to tell you.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 09:02 PM

Well I solved that problem, I crashed the system fooling around in the bios. I think the memory setting change is what did it. I tried pulling out the battery to reset but no CMOS, just three long beeps on boot(black screen). I bought another board to get up and running. Now Express Install won't install my drivers and I can't get a task bar, no IE, no windows media player, is it because WINDOWS needs activating?

On the other hand i was right about the temps being too high. I'm using the same 925 D chip heat sink and fan, my fans have slowed down to around 2300rpm from 3900rpm and my idle temp is down to 38C from 55C.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:42 AM

Do you actually get into Windows? You get a successful boot and desktop?

My experience is that...activation problems crop up before I ever get there, not afterwards.

As for the heat...that seems to have a self-inflicted wound you've corrected.

I'm not familiar with Express Install. Seems to be related to Flash Player from where I sit.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 07:51 PM

I have no problem getting into Windows. I have all my desktop icons. I just can't get my task bar/start button to appear. It was there when I first booted then it disappeared after a restart. I can download files but I can't install any of them. I even went to the Intel site and downloaded the drivers for my board and they still won't install. I click the activate now button but nothing happens, I guess because it tries to access IE and its not working.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 08:13 PM

Easy answers:

Run chkdsk /r and then run sfc /scannow...or do a repair install. Alternatives will ensure initial integrity of system files.

How To Run CHKDSK In XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...b;en-us;Q315265

LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

Perform a Repair Installation - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/h...ips/doug92.mspx

Hard answers:

Look for errors about your system in Event Viewer. Double-click on any error for details. Post details here for last 4/5 errors noted.

Check Device Manager to see if all drivers are installed.

Run chkdsk /r on the hard drive.

I guess I don't see where a BIOS update would help, since there is no indication of hardware incompatibility or added functionality that a BIOS update would settle.

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