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#1 buck65

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 12:59 AM

Hello all, I just downloaded Aida32 and after running it I saw this: Cache Properties
Type External
Status Enabled
Maximum Size 256 KB
[/u]Installed Size 0 KB[u]
Supported SRAM Type Synchronous
Current SRAM Type Synchronous
Socket Designation External Cache

There was also another warning telling me that I have no L2 cache installed. I checked the BIOS, which is:

BIOS Properties
BIOS Type Award Modular
Award BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
Award BIOS Message PENTIUM PCI/PIPLINED BURST CACHE SYSTEM. REV:A06
System BIOS Date 04/14/97
Video BIOS Date 08/21/96

BIOS Manufacturer
Company Name Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Product Information http://www.phoenix.com/en/products/default.htm

and the External cache is enabled, and after i diabled it I noticed my computer was even slower and froze alot. So I enabled it again but it's still REALLY slow.Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanx alot in advance.


(Moderator edit: changed subtitle to better reflect problem. jgweed)

Edited by jgweed, 03 March 2006 - 11:45 AM.


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Posted 03 March 2006 - 11:54 PM

Are you running any Norton or 3rd party software that you allow to manage your Memory??
If so Disable it.

Enter your BIOS and reset the Defaults.
Then make any adjustments to match your configuration.

Enter the Startup Config. stop any programs from loading at startup that are not necessary.
Start>Run>(type) msconfig>Startup Tab

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 08:51 PM

Thankx for the help. Is resetting the defaults going to have any adverse affects, as you see I'm running an anceint machine( I actually put it together myself) but every time I try messing with anything I end up reinstalling windows. I also have a second hard drive just for storing stuff and it was a major pain getting it to be recognised by the BIOS or what ever and I don't want to lose it. Any advice on this would be much appreciated. Thanx alot. As for malware I'm pretty sure I'm good, I use GIANT Antispyware, A2 Personal, Ad-Aware personal, and Avast 4.6 Home Edition. I've also ran the scans suggessted.

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 12:34 AM

Resetting the BIOS Defaults shouldn't have any effect on any of your drives just make sure they are set to Auto after setting the Defaults.
The main reason is to make sure your Cache is Enabled.

What operating system do you have??

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 01:13 PM

Hey thanx for the quick reply. I'm running windows 98se. It was a clean install, I formated it and everything. By "set to auto" do you mean auto detect the drives again after loading BIOS defaults? Thanx again.

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 04:59 PM

Yep set your drives to Auto Detect.
Set the PnP Operating System to Enable.
The rest of the defaults should be good.

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 03:43 PM

O.K I did all that and loaded my BIOS defaults but it still says the samething. My external cache is enabled but it seems to be set at 0. I can't see anyway of changing it or modifying it. Is there a way? There must be! Thanx for everything!!!!

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 04:32 PM

OK
At this point it is possible that your processor does not have built in L2 Cache and your MB may not have the L2 Cache Chip.
It may be we just need to find some updated Chipset Drivers.
Give me the details of your setup.
Motherboard Make & Model??
RAM Size & Speed??
Processor Make & Model??

Edited by River_Rat, 06 March 2006 - 04:35 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2006 - 05:48 PM

O.K Here are my hardware specs: (don't laugh)

Motherboard Properties:


Motherboard ID 04/14/97-SiS-5596-5513-2A5IFB39C-00
Motherboard Name BCM SQ585

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 4 ISA, 3 PCI
RAM Slots 4 SIMM
Integrated Devices Video
Form Factor Baby AT
Motherboard Size 220 mm x 260 mm
Motherboard Chipset SiS5595

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name BCM Advanced Research
Product Information http://www.bcmcom.com/products/products-start.htm
BIOS Download http://www.bcmcom.com/tech/support-start.htm

Processor:

Intel® Pentium® Processor
Original OEM Processor, 0
Pentium®, 5
Model: 0.50 Pentium, 2
Code name: P54CSLM

R.A.M:
Well as far as RAM goes I'm not totally sure where to look, but I think I remember when it boots up (I'm almost ambarrassed to say it) is Memory: 48.0 MB of RAM and the clock speed is 100mhz. I have no idea what these numbers mean, I just know that other people report alot higher. Anyway, I think It boils down to the fact that it's just too old. Maybe the mice that ran on the belts inside it died. Thanx for your help.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 08:00 PM

O.K Here are my hardware specs: (don't laugh)

I promise I'm not!!!!!

I think at this point the L2 Cache is the least of your worries. (not really)
That MB is old enough I can't find any info on it and not sure if it has a L2 Chip.

I am sure your not going to run any major programs so I wouldn't be concerned with it.




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