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July 16, 2004 9:45:40 AM

Hello,

I bought this computer in December last year. It's a Fujitsu-Siemens Scaleo 600 with a Pentium 4 processor running at 3.2 GHz, 1024 MB RAM and a 256 MB Radeon 9800 PRO.

My problem is that after a while, the computer has started running incredibly slowly for a computer of its caliber. For example, I score around 3500 3DMarks when other users with equivalent (and sometimes inferior) systems score around 6000 3DMarks. Any game based on the Unreal engine experiences periodical slowdown, jumping from framerates in the mid-hundreds to single-digit figures every number of minutes, and sometimes, even Windows XP runs slowly.

I've tried calling my tech support company, and they suggest that something might be wrong with the fan, causing the processor to overheat. Now, I've tried cleaning the fan (with a vacuum cleaner, mind you) and running with an open case, even going as far as to place a table fan to blow extra air at the processor. However, the problem still persists, and I cannot for the love of anything figure out why. Maybe it is the fan, maybe it's something else, I just can't figure out what.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
July 16, 2004 10:51:34 AM

u say you got it in december, have you kept your hdd clean from left over proggies, i tend to get genrall system slowdown after a while so i format my hdd about once a mth to keep the system running sweet and clean. have u had any hardware changes in that time with left over drivers from the previos hardware? imo i cant see that excess heat will slow down a computer much other then just making it unstable in some case's


i would suggest a system back up then format your hdd, then update windows, sp1 and all your drives

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July 16, 2004 11:07:57 AM

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I formatted as late as three days ago.
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July 16, 2004 11:55:07 AM

Did you install the motherboard chipset drivers?

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July 16, 2004 12:01:57 PM

Yeah, I did. I actually noticed that at this LAN that I was at in July, that my Radeon was running at AGP 1x. So I got the motherboard drivers, it was back up at 8x. Unfortunately, that didn't solve the problem at all.
July 16, 2004 12:44:30 PM

Doas an applications HOG your CPU... When you do CTRL-ALT-DEL you can run the Task Manager. Do you see an applications that is always running at or near 100% CPU load in the process tab. If you have an applications that act like that, right-click on it and KILL the task. If this correct your problem, try to figure out which apps is loading your CPU, maybe SpyWare, Virus, buggy software, etc..

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July 16, 2004 1:49:27 PM

I do have a load of processes running, but even as such, my CPU usage never exceeds 15%.
July 16, 2004 2:33:53 PM

What is your CPU temp? An extra fan/open case would not help(much) is the HSF is a bit off.

I still think it's some kind of spyware/addware that's slowing you down, especially if you have lots of crap running in the background...

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July 16, 2004 2:41:27 PM

There are many programs which could tell you how fast your CPU is running - e.g. Sisoft Sandra - and these could be used to see if it is throttling down due to overheating like the tech support guys say. (but I doubt it)

Sounds a lot like Spyware/Adware or virus type stuff.

Download the latest versions of Adaware & spybot to check, and make sure your AV is up to date.

I recently did a fresh install of XP, and in the 10 minutes it took me to get firewall and antivirus stuff up & running, I picked up 6 viruses and 5 different adware infections. Nothing too hard to root out fortunately, but it goes to show how quickly these things can happen.

Also make sure you remove ALL unecessary background stuff & services... if you have a system tray that's full of junk it's not going to help matters...

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