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Does Windows Xp Have Trouble Reading Processor Speed For Laptops


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#1 ComputerWhizz7

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 10:11 PM

OK, on my laptop I have a amd turion 62x2 mobile chip, and windows xp says it's only running at 803mhz when it should be 1.6mhz.

Half the true speed so what is the problem do you guys think?
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:59 AM

My old Latitude C400 had a power conservation option in the BIOS which would dynamically change the CPU's speed depending on the system load, this would help the battery life somewhat. Check you manual and the BIOS for such an option.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 01:07 AM

AMD processors utilize Power now, which dynamically changes processor speed based upon usage i.e., the less the laptop is being used, the slower the Mhz.

Here is a blurb from AMD:

AMD PowerNow! technology with OPM:

* Provides performance-on-demand by dynamically adjusting performance based on CPU utilization helping systems to run at optimum performance and power levels, reducing electricity costs while maximizing IT budget dollars.
* Optimizes Platform Power Consumption enabling servers & workstations to run cooler and quieter
* Can reduce CPU power at Idle by 75%
* Provides the most sophisticated power management solution available


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Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:52 PM

So soon as I start needing more CPU speed the laptop will increase the power to the CPU and I will then get 1.6ghz?
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:50 PM

OK, on my laptop I have a amd turion 62x2 mobile chip, and windows xp says it's only running at 803mhz when it should be 1.6mhz.

Half the true speed so what is the problem do you guys think?



Which AMD Turion chip do you have?

Otherwise, yes, your CPU will speed up when it needs to.


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Posted 12 March 2007 - 06:51 PM

Cool thanks. That is the chip I have the one you have quoted.
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 07:03 PM

Cool thanks. That is the chip I have the one you have quoted.



Well, not exactly -

the Turion's have a "64 x 2" Series, and have model number like:

TL-50, TL-52, TL-56 and TL-60.


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Posted 13 March 2007 - 02:14 PM

oh yes lol sorry TL-52
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 03:09 PM

oh yes lol sorry TL-52



Ah ha - now we are communicating! :thumbsup:

I have that same chip in a notebook running Win XP MCE/Vista Ultimate (dual boot),

so we can "compare" somewhat if there is really a problem.

As oldf@rt mentioned, these CPU's run AMD's PowerNow technology.

The good news, you can go to AMD's website and download

their Dashboard program which will display the CPU utilization

in real time - h e r e .

You'll see that most of the time, when it's sitting idle,

the CPU is runing at about 50% speed, but it ramps up to 100%

when needed.

Cool, literally, huh?

Edited by JohnWho, 13 March 2007 - 03:13 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2007 - 03:18 PM

Just curious -

where exactly in XP are you seeing that 803MHz speed?


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Posted 13 March 2007 - 03:25 PM

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right click on {MY COMPUTER}
click properties, brings up the system cpu speed is in there under the processor and system info
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 03:41 PM

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right click on {MY COMPUTER}
click properties, brings up the system cpu speed is in there under the processor and system info



Thanks. I'm aware of that.

I'm just wondering where ComputerWhizz7 is getting his reading.

I'm showing 1.60GHz there.


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Posted 13 March 2007 - 04:03 PM

Interesting.

The AMD PowerNow technology is built in to XP -

this site discusses it somewhat: h e r e .

If you want the CPU to always run at full speed,

change your Power Options - Power Scheme to "Always On".


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Posted 15 March 2007 - 04:33 PM

My settings are set to always on. and yes that is :thumbsup:
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