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Processor - Cpu-z Displaying Less Than I Know It Has


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Posted 22 June 2008 - 06:28 PM

Hello, I'm running on a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ on WindowsXP Home SP2, and I know the default speed for this processor is 2Ghz.. Occasionally if I check properties on my computer, it will display the speed at 1GHz, so I downloaded CPU-Z, and it only displays 1GHz aswell! I don't know if this is a processor problem, but I know for a fact I have Cool'n'Quiet disabled, so it couldn't be that.. I ask this because occasionally while playing BattleField2, the game will run at 2x the speed it should and this only occurs when properties on my computer is displaying 1GHz.. PLEASE HELP!!!

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:20 PM

this is a regular computer, not a laptop?

custom built?

make and model/motherboard?

post a screenshot of the cpu-z when it shows 1 GHz?
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 08:52 PM

It's a regular computer, nearly stock besides ram upgrades/video card upgrade and reformatting from MediaCenter Edition to WindowsXP Home. It's a Gateway GT5056, and the motherboard is a Foxconn C51MCP51 (according to CPU-Z) or Foxconn C51GU01 (according to gateway's website)..

Here's the CPU-Z screenshot of the 1GHz..

Edit: I'd like to add that occasionally when I check CPU-Z, it displays 2GHz then after some time (maybe 30 seconds) it goes back down to 1GHz

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:54 PM

All of these state of the art programs like everest/cpuid/coretemp/hwmonitor have to rely on info passed from chipsets on the mobo thru bios

your gateway + foxconn is almost a fatal combination in that regard


what does the silkscreen number on the motherboard actually say, we can't trust gateway or cpuid for that, obviously
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:59 PM

Well, I'm pretty tech savvy but I have absolutely no idea how to check the silkscreen number. And btw, the GT5056 came with this motherboard :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 10:49 PM

gateway lists a driver for your cpu for that model of computer

compare with what device manager shows

my socket 939 is using a standard MS driver

http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers...p;uid=199981995
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 11:07 PM

Alrighty, what should I click in device manager? Can't seem to find anything with the word socket in it hahah (sorry for my ignorance)

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:16 AM

rightclick/properties and compare dates on driver
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 06:36 AM

The processor's drivers in device manager matches the link saying the driver version is 1.2.2.0

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 07:21 AM

The processor's drivers in device manager matches the link saying the driver version is 1.2.2.0


that's what I was afraid of, the gateway driver must be tied to cool and quiet somehow, let's get some other opinions on this
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 06:09 PM

I'd like to add that before reformatting I never had this issue. I'm pretty sure this is the reason battlefield2 is running more quickly than it should which leads me to believe it's a problem with my processor

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 07:15 PM

http://www.amd.com/de-de/Processors/Techni...1_13118,00.html

"AMD Dual-Core Optimizer - The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer can help improve some PC gaming video performance by compensating for those applications that bypass the Windows API for timing by directly using the RDTSC (Read Time Stamp Counter) instruction. Applications that rely on RDTSC do not benefit from the logic in the operating system to properly account for the affect of power management mechanisms on the rate at which a processor core's Time Stamp Counter (TSC) is incremented. The AMD Dual-Core Optimizer helps to correct the resulting video performance effects or other incorrect timing effects that these applications may experience on dual-core processor systems, by periodically adjusting the core time-stamp-counters, so that they are synchronized."

this was suggested, I still suspect a bad driver from gateway
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:19 PM

Alright I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 01:23 AM

CPU-Z still displays 1GHz

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 05:51 PM

Well, I tried to boot my pc up earlier today and I got the error saying "hal.dll is missing or corrupt" so I did a system restore, and now I can't play half the games I could, because my processor is running so slowly. Now instead of shooting between 1ghz and 2ghz, it's shooting between 300mhz and 1 ghz.




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