Processor slow!! 1.6Ghz to 768Mhz

Intel / Core duo t2050
July 28, 2009 at 15:36:50
Specs: Windows XP
I have checked the speed with CPU-Z and it shows 786Mhz for both cores!! Two weeks ago it was showing 1.6Ghz for one core and 768Mhz for the other. I have noticed the computer running really slow and boot up times are also slow. Please someone help. I have defraged the HDD. Its not that. I was wondering if it was the processor or the motherboard. As far as the memory I just upgraded to 4GB and its PC3200. Any help would be appreciated. THANKS!!! I should also mention that the HDD partition D: crashes and runs slow when I put data on it. Could it be I have a bad hardrive thats making the processor run slow. Thanks again!

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July 28, 2009 at 16:32:39
is there anything in the BIOS referring to "speed-step?" I know some CPUs in laptops will dynamically dial back the frequency in order to save heat/power/battery life, but this can usually be disabled.

is your D:\ partition located on the same physical HDD as C:\, or is it a separate HDD?

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July 28, 2009 at 17:58:54
Ok, first and foremost thanks for getting back to me. Yes the BIOS does have a speed-step option. It is set to "enabled" for Intel "something" to change the speed. There is also an "off" option, which sets the processor to minimum speed. Which I don't want. The D:\ partition is on the same physical HDD as C:\. Also is there a way to change the speed Intel chooses for me or is there a reason why it would automatically be set to the minimum speed. Thanks again!!!

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July 29, 2009 at 14:12:02
Right for the hd have you scanned it for errors? Because maybe some of the sectors on the hd are bad. (the sectors that partition d reads and writes from) and for the cpu I don't know alot about dual core processors but it could be that the cpu could be overheating maybe? So you may need to look at the temperatures of the cpu in Everast Home (Do a google search) Or I in another program. Also you may need to do is update the bios because it may be conflicting with the cpu or something otherwise you may need to replace it.

Thanks Scuzzy Wuzzy.

I also have a Dell Dimension 8100 with normal xp sp3,1.5ghz P4,120GB hd,1GB,dvd-rom and cd-rw(also floppy drive and a ATI Radeon 9200 agp graphics card)

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