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September 18, 2003 1:17:22 PM

my problem is that my card doesnt seem to be accelerating anything at all in windows

example: load <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com" target="_new">Anandtech</A> and just look at the main page and its animations and adds and flashes and stuff. just doing this causes 60% load on my CPU. scrolling down causes 100% load and Internet Explorer reacts very slowly until i release the mouse.

text only sites dont seem to be a problem, just ones with alot of animation.


also when watching my pron in Media Player or Winamp, the cpu load is about 40%. i know this is totally off, even for Divx, because with my old Duron 1ghz simple web browsing and whatnot barely even made a hiccup

ive tried different driver versions, including 44.03, 45.23, 40.27 and 41.09. im using 41.09 now cause they are the fastest for gaming which doesnt seem to be affected by this. only web browsing and other GUI things


specs:
1900+ AXP
KT333 mobo
512m/ram
TI4200@275/550
Win2kPro sp4

and yes, i have the newest Via drivers installed, and have tried older versions as well. this problem did not exist in windowsXP

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September 18, 2003 4:07:41 PM

That's damned peculiar Phial. I wish I had a clue what was happening here.

I've heard of Smartgart causing this to happen with Ati cards, but never with Nvidia cards. By the sounds of it it might be some bizarre Win2k incompatibility with your hardware setup, but that's really just a cop out on my part...

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September 18, 2003 5:01:59 PM

I get similar slow-down when playing music in Windows Media player 9. It dosn't happen anywhere else, just when playing music in WMP9. The visualization and the progress bar will just freeze for a few seconds, sometimes as much as like 10 seconds (the music will keep playing though). While this is happening the program does not respond at all. Dunny why, oh well.

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September 18, 2003 5:09:52 PM

Xp shall solve all your 2000 problem but also give u a X amount more of problems

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September 19, 2003 12:56:32 AM

thanks guys


i discovered that my video card, sound, usb, and network card are ALL on IRQ 11.

could this possibly have somethign to do with it? cause i noticed that wheni move my muose over animations in IE, it causes 100% cpu load

ill have to re-install to change teh IRQ, wont i? =(

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September 19, 2003 1:19:08 AM

No thats normal for win2k and xp...
dumping all things to a virtual IRQ.
Usually doesnt pose a problem.

i THINK ive seen an issue like yours before when i had win2k.
Everything seemed to be consuming rediculous amounts of cpu power.
In the end i worked out that it was some wierdass windows glitch.
A partial reinstall didnt fix it.
A complete reinstall fixed it, so it must have been something to do with installed programs and the registry.

damn wierd all the same.

<b>I am not a AMD fanboy.
I am not a Via fanboy.
I am not a ATI fanboy.
I AM a performance fanboy.
And a low price fanboy. :smile:
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September 19, 2003 2:20:57 AM

Still, the safest bet is to have a separate IRQ for each individual device if at all possilbe. THAT is really the best option. I personally am not surprised with the load your system receives with all that stuff channeled through only one IRQ. THere should be 15 others. You BIOS might have some manual Firmware controlled IRQ options. Also, check the Device Manager in WIndows.

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September 19, 2003 3:03:06 AM

yeah those are MOST of my components on one IRQ, but the strange this is when i game (which uses ALL of those devices at once) theres no performance issues



nevertheless, im removing Win2kpro and putting XpPro back on. its just worked so much better for me

thanks again guys

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September 19, 2003 3:43:50 AM

I almost have the same system, 2000+, KT333, Win2000sp4, but I don't have that issue
so did you try to change IRQ? I've checked mine, only 2 or 3 of them are on same IRQ..
September 19, 2003 4:57:54 AM

Have you checked for spyware? Spybot Search and Destroy and Adaware are good utilities for removing it.

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September 19, 2003 5:08:38 AM

Interesting... my problems occured with win2k on a kt333 as well.


<b>I am not a AMD fanboy.
I am not a Via fanboy.
I am not a ATI fanboy.
I AM a performance fanboy.
And a low price fanboy. :smile:
Regards,
Mr no integrity coward.</b>
September 19, 2003 5:10:40 AM

hmmmmmm

good idea


sinse it IS only IE that i have this problem in. using other internet browsers i dotn have it. duh, why didnt i think of this before, thanks dh




Nights: i didnt think you could reset the IRQs unless you reinstalled with 2000/XP?

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September 19, 2003 5:13:59 AM

yes very interesting



perhaps i should try some *OLD* Via4in1 drivers? perhaps teh new ones are more suited to KT400/KT600. sjhouldnt matter really sinse all the VIA chipsets are basically teh same after KT266A, just rebadged

but interesting, thanks thats somethign else ill try as well

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September 19, 2003 5:28:26 AM

Just in IE?

Clear the history and the cache. This should speed it up.

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September 19, 2003 6:04:23 AM

maybe yes...
But let me ask you a few things... see if any of them ring a bell.

When you first bootup, is the system initially fast? with low CPU usage?
Does it get more "boggy" with time?


<b>I am not a AMD fanboy.
I am not a Via fanboy.
I am not a ATI fanboy.
I AM a performance fanboy.
And a low price fanboy. :smile:
Regards,
Mr no integrity coward.</b>
September 19, 2003 6:47:45 AM

I've had that laggyness...cpu usage for explorer.exe just shoots up for no reason...

No clue why. I just do a fresh install a couple times a year and I'm happy. I blame Billy Gates.

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September 19, 2003 7:02:40 AM

yeah


at first my computer booted up in like, less than a minute


then i installed SP4 to get rid of the slow "saving your settings" shutdown, and for security fixes


then over the course of the last few weeks my boot time is now up to like, 3 minutes give or take. and definately more boggy. i have NAV2004 and have removed 2 kazaa viruses, but i doubt that they have anyting to do with IE


phssok: this has little to do with the cache, thanks for the input tho

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September 19, 2003 1:02:26 PM

checked processes?
September 19, 2003 4:42:25 PM

yes

it only happens with IE

no matter what else im doing, even if ive just booted and only have 85megs of my ram used

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September 20, 2003 4:38:07 AM

You use IE6?
it won't happen with Netscape?
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