Slowness caused by motherboard

July 22, 2009 at 14:35:04
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Pentium 4 and 1.25 G
I have a Dell Dimension 1100. Yea I know way old. Anyway 2 years ago my motherboard stopped working so I called dell and they sent me a refurbished one. So everything was fine but then like a month later things started to slow down. I had a lot of junk on my pc so I formatted and it was back to normal. Then a few months ago it starting really slowing down. I ignored it untill a few days ago when it was terrible and I got the blue screen of death. I haven't gotten that since my old motherboard died. So I decided to format again and put a version of windows xp that I made that barely has any processes. It runs.. but everything that I could do a few months ago now runs super slow. I am thinking the motherboard is dieing again. My warranty is out for my computer so I can't get another one from dell.

Do you guys think its the motherboard again? Just want to make sure.

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July 22, 2009 at 15:15:06
I tend to agree with jgalty right now. The tipoff is:

"...a version of windows xp that I made that barely has any processes."

Try a full install of XP to see if anything changes.


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July 22, 2009 at 15:15:24
Did you reuse the memory?

Good chance that's where problem lies.

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July 22, 2009 at 17:06:45
I tried regular xp and that was worse. I haven't changed anything at all in my bios or anything. My computer has been slower ever since I got the refurbished motherboard from dell and has been getting slower ever since I had it. I don't see that any capacitors leaking but the chips on it have been getting extremely hot recently. I have done a motherboard and cpu benchmark and it is drastically slower then before. But it also could be my cpu because it overheated and froze my computer a month ago for some odd reason.

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July 22, 2009 at 19:39:12
I think you answered your own question & don't even know it. When a P4 gets overly hot, it doesn't fry, it's shifts into low gear. When it gets extremely hot, it shuts down. I think you're a victim of "throttling".

Remove the heatsink/fan from the CPU & thoroughly clean all the thermal material from the bottom. Clean all the thermal material from the top of the CPU as well. If you don't have thermal paste, run down to your local Radio Shack, buy a $3 tube of "heat sink grease", then apply it according to the following instructions:

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July 23, 2009 at 07:26:28
Well I have a throttlewatch program and I had it on for a few hours as I did some things that need a lot of cpu and it was the same before and after applying the gel. I didn't get any warnings of throttling. All my parts in my computer are only a few months old. Except these:
CPU 4 years old.
Motherboard maybe 6+ years since it is refurbished.
Power Supply 4 years old.

I tested my power supply voltage and its fine. So I took out every part of my computer and made sure they were fine. Everything was fine but there was a lose capacitor on the motherboard. It wasn't bulging or leaking though.

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