cpu and memory clocks problem

Dell Dimension 2400 desktop
September 30, 2009 at 20:46:00
Specs: windows 7, amd athlon 64 3200+/ 2gb ddr ram
this is a home built pc it is not a dell dimension 2400. it just shows that up top cant get rid of it..
hello all. my friend is having problems with his pc he said the cpu is showing 100% usage when opening a program like photoshop and it takes ages to open. he has 2gb of ram installed. as well as that even opening firfox can take 23 30 seconds to open or change a webpage plus he has had a few crashes and blue screens. it looks like a problem with the clock speeds of the cpu or ram. he overclocked it a while back when he had win xp but the same problems were there even with xp. but he told me that he had put the cpu and mem clocks back to default in the bios and said all the settings look correct but when he uses everest or cpuz they show his cpu clock as 2210.7mhz and beside that it says (original 2200mhz) the cpu multiplier says 11x and it was always on 11x. cpu fsb says 201.0mhz (original 200mhz). hypertransport clock says 803.9mhz. now he says in the bios the cpu and the rest are all on original default clock speeds so we can't figure out why everest and cpuz say different. any ideas on this problem...specs are below...

homebuilt pc
windows 7
amd athlon 64 3200+
asus motherboard k8n
2gb ddr dimm ram
ati 3850 graphics card

motherboard name...asus k8n (5pci,1 agp,3 ddr dimm.
motherboard chipset nvidia nforce 3 250 amd hammer.
memory timings 3-3-3-8 (cl-rcd-rp-ras.
system bios date 07/01/05 i can't seen to find a newer bios for this. thanks again

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October 1, 2009 at 05:22:32
I know the nForce3 is not supported by Vista, I'm not sure if this true of Win7. My advice is to go back to WinXP. All the clock settings are correct...don't worry about the minor differences (200MHz vs 201MHz), but I suggest changing the RAM timings to 2.5-3-3-10 & locking the AGP at 67MHz. You should also disable all Spread Spectrum options & Cool'n'Quiet as well.

"system bios date 07/01/05 i can't seen to find a newer bios for this"

Where did you look? The only place you should look for BIOS updates is the board manufacturer's website. The latest available is BIOS 1011, dated 03/23/2006.


Why do you feel it's necessary to update the BIOS?

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October 1, 2009 at 13:55:04
hello jam thanks for the reply. yeah i just tought maybe updating the bios might corret things but as you said we might just leave that and will try what you said.

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October 1, 2009 at 14:11:58
jam you said I suggest changing the RAM timings to 2.5-3-3-10 would that be right as he is using ram that is 200mhz not 166 ?

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October 1, 2009 at 14:14:45
He should be using DDR400. The timings I supplied are optimal for DDR400 & the nForce3 chipset.

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October 1, 2009 at 14:34:17
ok jam, he will try that in a while. thanks again he just told me the ram is ddr400

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