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  What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason. 
 
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Jamo May 29, 2003, 05:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Anyways, I'll be on my computer and everything will be all nice and good, for the most part atleast. I'm playing games, they're running smooth. Ok, then i stop, get off and then i come back. This could range anywhere from a minute to 5 minutes. I don't even think that's really relevent. Anyway, i start the game back again, and everything starts going really slow. I mean, my FPS drop by about half. My 3Dmark score cuts by about half. I thought It might be something video card related, but I also notice that the game doesn't load as fast, and the computer just seems to go slower. The first time I noticed this happen, my room was feeling a little warm. I don't know to attribute it to that though, I turned on the air condition and was still getting the problem. Not to rule out heat though. I haven't done any serious tests in that area yet. Anyway, my CPU temps were about 45-47 C so that's not all the bad. Also, i believe my system temps were right around where they should be. I just have no clue why my computer would start going all slow for no reason. It never happens right after I start up my computer, usually could be like 30 minutes later, somewhere around there maybe longer or shorter. Also, I shut off my computer for about 15, 30 minutes, turned it back on and then the problem went away. I don't get it every single time, but sometimes it happens. Any ideas? Thanks all help is much appreciated.


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Jamo May 29, 2003, 06:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason.
OH yeah, and here's my specs.

EPOX 8RDA- +
ASUS V9820 Ti4200 128mb 8x
Twinmos pc3200 @ 166mhz(333) 256mb x 2 DDR Ram
Athlon Thoroughbred B 2100+ at 333 fsb x 12= 2400+ no raise voltage
SLK-900 Heatsink -smart fan 2
Western Digital 80gb 8mb cache
Antec 480True Power

-and that's about it

Chris M May 29, 2003, 06:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason.
i have a similar problem with my games...when i get out of games my system will run slowly. i think the problem is heat because i also had to turn my computer off to solve the problem. I will be getting some fans to increase air circulation. Also, just in case, i rolled my drivers back to ones that i knew worked.

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brian pope May 31, 2003, 09:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason.
What OS are you running?

The most likely problem is your available resources have gone below a point your OS can handle on 98SE & WinME, right click your My Computer icon on the desktop & select properties then hit the Performance tab, now note the system resources %. If you get below 80% you'll likely have problems starting games. Rebooting solves the problem by freeing your memory, it's also likely not heat & no installing memory managers really don't solve the problem. One thing to look at is your start up programs & disable all but antivirus & firewalls. You don't need Real Player, Window's or any other app automatically checking for updates that just uses your resources, turn off these features it should help a little.

Y2K & XP don't have these problems unless you have numerous programs running during start up, they manage memory much better than 9X OS's.

Jamo Jun 05, 2003, 03:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason.
I am running Windows 2000 Professional. I'm know I'm not low on resources, I checked and it was only using like 10 percent.

Jay M. Jun 05, 2003, 04:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason.
Jamo,

Have you tried 15 x 133? That should get you up to the XP2400+ or close to it. That's more in line with a XP2400+ (266 FSB) cpu from the info I've received recently.

Guess your trying to run it like a Barton cpu. Which should be set I believe if I'm not wrong to 11.5 x 166.

I have the XP2100+ cpu and can't get mines to boot up at that setting.

You actually manually changed BIOS to 333 x 12 ?

I'm by no means anywhere near a overclocker yet, but I think your setting are too high.

If I was you I would step back those settings. Try it out and see what results you get. Even better, I would set them back to the default setting and see if the problem persist.

There are quite a few guys on this site who know alot about overclocking and will tell you if those setting are extreme.

Like I said, I could be wrong and if I am I apologize.

Jay

What would life be like without my PC? :(
Jay M. Jun 05, 2003, 04:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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There is a discussion still going on overclocking that you guys may want to check out.

Here is the subject:
FSB or CPU Freq, what is better to Overclock?

Look for it, it's been very informative.

Regards,
Jay

What would life be like without my PC? :(
Jamo Jun 06, 2003, 02:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What Could be Wrong? Computer Slows down for no reason.
I've had it up to 333 * 13 at one point. Now that i thought was too high, so i lowered it. I haven''t had to raise voltages yet or anything. Well, maybe this is a sign that i should raise voltages. However, i think you know you need to raise voltages when the computer doesn't even run at all, or restarts by itself or something. I got the revision B of the 2100+, so that makes it better for overclocking. 12*333 really isn't to high, I've been in forums and people said that sounded about right. Although, i did some tests and it showed that heat was the problem I would get the problem when i lowered the speed of my fan, but then when i turned my fan on full blast, it went away. The diff of from 49c or 48c to about 45c. I have read in other forums that the epox board doesn't read cpu temps correctly, so this might indicated a cpu temp of about 60c or higher. Now, if that is the problem, either the heatsink is on wrong, or my cpu is getting that hot for no good reason. Thanks, Jay, I'll read that topic. Thanks all, I'm bummed out now, but oh well. That's life.


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