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Dell studio 15 processor problems

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
October 3, 2010 8:52:56 AM


i have a dell studio 1555 laptop i bought for college, and i'm having some weird problems with my processor.

i have a core 2 duo t6500 @ 2.1 ghz. i know about speed step and how it reduces the processor speed when the system is idle, but when i run video games like WoW or Fallout 3, my processor speed stays around 1000-1100 mhz.

i turned off speed step, and it still stays at around 1ghz. sometimes, it will go to 2.1 ghz, but only for a second before it returns to 1.1 ghz.

i don't know what's wrong with it, but it keeps doing this and it is really annoying and frustrating.

i use this laptop for my coursework as well, and i'm experiencing noticeable lag when i work with indesign or 3ds max etc.

what the hell is wrong with my system? please help!
a b D Laptop
October 3, 2010 9:11:01 AM

Check both the BIOS screens and Windows to turn off Power Saving Options. And are you running the laptop on battery or on the power adapter ? It may be trying to save battery power by clocking the processor back.
October 3, 2010 5:33:48 PM

+1 , try using it plugged, and you might also try to reset the bios-
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October 3, 2010 8:34:53 PM

i'm plugged in with the adapter

how do i reset my bios?
a b D Laptop
October 3, 2010 9:01:21 PM

On most Dells you reach the BIOS screens by pressing F2 as the machine starts to boot. Once in I would look for the option to disable power saving and see if that helps.
October 4, 2010 5:07:50 AM

Just as fihart suggested.Yes, F2 It should have the option to reset, it all depends on systems though, try to find it,, change the power plan to high performance.