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September 12, 2009 8:39:48 PM

So i just found out my cpu seems to be under-clocked, i searched around the web a bit and realized its somehow running on the lowest multiplier.
I tried searching my bios to the increase the multiplier to 24 but i couldnt find it. In the bios it looks like the highest i can make my bus speed is around 160ish. I'm not sure what I should do or if its even possible to bring it back up to 3.0ghz. The bios reads the cpu temp at 16C not sure is that correct but it sounds about right because its under-clocked. So I need your help!
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September 13, 2009 11:55:45 PM

It's a Mobile P4, it'll be underclocking at idle to save battery life.
This is a very good thing. No point wasting power if you're not doing anything with it.

Download and run Prime 95, start a torture test, and watch your CPU frequency go straight to 2.8Ghz. If it doesn't, then it might be throttling due to excessive heat. It's probably the first thing though.
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September 14, 2009 3:11:23 PM

nope it stuck at 1.6, atm im OCing it to 1.9
and the temperature is really low at 20C avg
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September 14, 2009 3:50:42 PM

Hmm 20C. Meaning your ambient air temp is below 20C by a large margin. How cold is your room? Methinks you need to use an approved load program, read these:

Benching software and such is very varied. I use these for each purpose:
These are pretty standard and used by many.
Monitoring the PC temps overall: HW monitor aka hardware monitor
CPUZ for CPU info
GPUZ for GPU info
CPU only: Real Temp
GPU only: ATI Tool, I have a Nivida GTX280, so it works on Nvidia

Loading/benching tools:
CPU loaders: Prime95 and OCCT
GPU Loaders: ATI Tool and the best one is Furmark, nothing pushes the GPU harder right now.
Benching for overall graphics/gaming performance is 3DMark06
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September 15, 2009 1:24:10 AM

ya right now im using prime95 to test stability and CUPID for temp checking.
i dont think my rooms that cold, i think its so low because its so heavily underclocked
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September 15, 2009 1:36:16 AM

What motherboard are you using? FSB that maxes out at 160 is rather unusual.
Edit: Sorry, that's a stupid question, it was in your pictures. I'd suggest upgrading the motherboard myself unless it's a laptop, in which case I hope somebody more experienced has some ideas. I don't think you can change the multiplier, but being a Socket 478 (really a Pentium III socket there) and a mobile version, I really can't be sure on much.
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September 15, 2009 4:57:34 AM

Ninsassin said:
ya right now im using prime95 to test stability and CUPID for temp checking.
i dont think my rooms that cold, i think its so low because its so heavily underclocked

It can't be at 20C unless your room is at below 20C. That means your room is below 68F by a decent margin (or your temp reading is wrong).
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September 15, 2009 5:40:05 AM

Underclocking won't cool the processor under ambient temp, thats like getting your car's engine to run under 32C when you've got frosty windows

Is your computer built or a system manufactured pc? if its from dell or something the bios might block your clocking settings.
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September 16, 2009 2:29:20 AM

I was having Same Problem. Ends up it was Vistas Power Options under control pannel. Make sure the Processesor Power is at 100% max on High Performance Setting.
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