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#1 Oscar TG

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:22 PM

My laptop is relatively old in PC terms, purchased December 2002. I recently reinstalled Windows, etc, to try to eliminate the problem I will outline, to no avail.

The laptop boots into Windows nice and quickly. If I don't do anything too intense, it will run fine for days on end without rebooting. However, there's two pieces of software I run quite often which use all of the CPU power. These programs will run fine for about 3 minutes, then the PC will grind to a halt. The pieces of software in question are:

Mixed In Key (http://www.mixedinkey.com) which scans MP3 and WAV files to detect BPM and key.
dbPowerAmp (http://www.dbpoweramp.com) which is used to convert music files from one format to another (usually ripping from CD to MP3).

I have the latest versions of both of those pieces of software, and all the updates for Windows XP. Even when not running any other programs (aside from Zonealarm firewall and AVG Free anti-virus), and only one at a time, they will function perfectly well for a couple of minutes and then suddenly the performance will drop off. For example, re-encoding MP3s from one bitrate to another should yield a rate of 4x or greater throughout, which it used to do. However, after the first 2, the rate gradually drops to a much more disappointing 0.2x - yes, a fifth of the speed.

While running these programs, I've monitored CPU usage using TaskManager, and they continue to use maximum CPU, but their RAM usage drops considerably, often just after Windows Explorer has refreshed itself.

Any ideas why this might be happening?

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:58 PM

start/run/ devmgmt.msc /click ok
are there any yellow or red marks showing
click on display + and right click on driver click update

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 05:54 AM

Thanks for your response, mme, but it's to no avail. None of my drivers are showing errors.

Anyone else got any ideas, it's really beginning to frustrate me :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 06:38 AM

Can you post your PC specs.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:05 AM

Generally speaking...problems with specific programs...can probably be chased down by viewing the FAQ and/or forums for those particular applications.

Have you tried that with either of the programs you mentioned?

And...one other thing to remember...corruption can occur at any time. The uninstall/reinstall routine overcomes this issue in many a program.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 03:38 AM

Can you post your PC specs.


Pentium 4M CPU 1.80GHz
768Mb RAM
30Gb HDD partitioned into 2 equal parts, C: for Windows and Programs, D: for data

Also have a 500Gb IDE drive attached via a USB/IDE cable, and a Soundblaster Extigy external soundcard.

Generally speaking...problems with specific programs...can probably be chased down by viewing the FAQ and/or forums for those particular applications.

Have you tried that with either of the programs you mentioned?


Yes, on both forums, to no avail, no-one else reports a similar issue.

And...one other thing to remember...corruption can occur at any time. The uninstall/reinstall routine overcomes this issue in many a program.

I completely uninstalled everything, including Windows, and reinstalled from scratch just in case.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 07:49 AM

It sounds a bit like overheating to me.

Are all of the rubber feet on the bottom of the computer present?

Have you tried blowing the cooling fins with compressed air?
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 05:13 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded, I finally found the fault... one of the cooling fans at the back has ceased to be, it is an ex-fan, it has shuffled off this mortal coil... basically the CPU was overheating so throttling back to prevent damage. Once again, thanks to everyone who took the time to read and/or respond.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 11:33 AM

...a tip of the hat to Albert, nice thinking, sir :thumbsup:!

To Oscar: Glad you solved it, happy computing :flowers:.

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 08:02 AM

...a tip of the hat to Albert, nice thinking, sir


Thank you. I am so smart, it's scary!
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