Why does my processor speed keep on 'changing'?

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Rasu

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I have noticed that my processor, which is a 850 Mhz has been detected lately as a 700 Mhz. Why is this?

Is this the new value? What can I do?? Please help!!

(Info obtained by clicking on Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information.)

I use MS Windows 2000.

Help!! Thanks.:confused:
 
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your computer doesn't like you :D

ok, prolly not try running something else to make sure it is not running at 850.

Download WinCPu to see what it says

cpuid
you might want to run something like sisoft sandra(benchmarking program) to compare it to other 850 cpus.

sandra

if your cpu is actually running at only 700 mhz(and your sure its supposed to run at 850) you might have a big mess.

The cpu itself could be going bad or your motherboard could be going bad. Does anyone else use your computer? I know i would change things on my families computer all the time. The bios sometimes allows you to change things like the bus speed or the cpu multiplier(if its unlocked on the chip). I'm not sure if the bios battery might be dead and resetting your settings everytime you restart, but that shouldn't cause the problem because the bios should be set to go with whatever speed the chip wants.

how long have you noticed the problem?
Your sure it ran at 850 before?
did you recently move the computer?
 

Rasu

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This has been happening for the last few days. I have a HP Ominibook XP3 laptop, running Windows 2000.

I am sure that it ran at 850 Mhz before.

This has not happened before.

I keep on moving the laptop quite a bit every day.


What do you think I should do now? Thanks for your time.
 
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doh, a little searching on google found the problem. Their is no problem. From searching it seems that you have a Crusoe processor which is built for long life. By changing its speed it can extend your battery life but it can beef up the speed when you need it. Aparently it slowed down when you detected it, or windows doesn't know how to detect it because it can change speed on they fly. Sorry if I scared you, but it seems like everything is fine, unless of course you have a different processor.
 
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It's called "SPEED STEP TECHNOLOGY"!


It's a windows/Wintel thing...AMD has a similar feature but by a different name.

A technology that enables the user to automatically switch between two modes: Maximum Performance mode and Battery Optimized mode. Battery Optimized mode uses 40% to 50% less processing power, saving battery life.
Basically go to your power options within Windows and adjust for Max Performance rather than Max Battery Life!
 
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