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#1 EscapeV


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Posted 01 November 2008 - 08:46 AM

My computer suddenly became very slow, assumed it was virus so cleaned it, didnt help so restored it and reformatted. the computer ran smoother but it still was slow so i doubled the ram to 2 gig hoping that would do the trick. it didn't take care of the problem completely.

I have a HP pavilion A1310N with a A8AE-LE(amberineM) mother board. it is bone stock except i replaced the DDR with two kingston 1gig 400MHz sticks.

now i'm scratching my head, so i click on system and noticed that my computer processor is showing like 940 rather than the 2.2 that it should be showing. at other times its shown 1.77, & 2.19.

obviously when its showing 940 nothing wants to load or work properly and when its 1.77 its somewhat ok.

my solution would seem to be to replace the cpu (athlon 64 (s) 3700+ 2.2 Ghz socket 939) with a new one and hopefully a faster one. it seems the faster ones are the x2's and they want a kings ransom for them. it would seem to be just stupid to put $150 to $200 into another processor on an obsolete socket computer(which is what the faster processors are going for) but $40 or so for the same cpu(single core :thumbsup: ) probably would be worth it.

ok so.... is this a definately a cpu issue or could anything else be causing it?

thanks guys

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:05 AM

Open Task Manager and see what's hogging everything
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#3 dpunisher


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Posted 01 November 2008 - 02:53 PM

Athlon 64s have a "Cool'n'Quiet" feature. The processor speed (via multiplier) is automatically lowered when the full speed is not needed. If you had some sort of malware/virus using cycles, the CPU would run full speed all the time. It is normal for the proc to show different speeds.

You might go into the BIOS and disable the feature to see if it makes any difference. Not sure of your options on a factory built system BIOS.

Like garmanma said, go into task manager and see what is eating up cycles.

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