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I was given a Pentium 4 system the other day and i just now got around to messing with it and it seems alot slower than it should be. for instance just plugging in a flash drive maxes out the CPU and WMP uses 89% for no reason i remember back a few years ago my Pentium 4 which was way slower was never this slow. Youtube videos are a slideshow and the CPU is constant 100%.

with that said what could be the cause?


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post #2 of 11
What OS is it using? I have a friend that has a Nice Old P4 with about 1.5GB of ram. CPU is constantly at 100% with XP and just moving files.
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Sounds about normal unfortunately, aside from the USB part. Flash is super super resource intensive on older, and not so older hardware surprisingly. Could put a decent dent in my old E7300 rig in the background.

What OS are you using?
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post #4 of 11
It needs to be overclock!rolleyes.gif

Did you try clean reinstallation?
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post #5 of 11
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What OS is it using? I have a friend that has a Nice Old P4 with about 1.5GB of ram. CPU is constantly at 100% with XP and just moving files.

I don't remember my old Pentium 4 being this slow.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blooddrunk View Post

Sounds about normal unfortunately, aside from the USB part. Flash is super super resource intensive on older, and not so older hardware surprisingly. Could put a decent dent in my old E7300 rig in the background.

What OS are you using?

Windows XP Home wow that's pretty surprising but in my sig rig i get zero CPU impact

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Originally Posted by Samishii View Post

It needs to be overclock!rolleyes.gif

Did you try clean reinstallation?

Unfortunately the MoBo sucks and wont take the OC it just Blue screens on windows logo ahaha and yes this is a clean install of windows just bare drivers and a few pictures
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post #6 of 11
Yeah I loved my P4 back in the day. Performed like a champ with XP. Now all of a sudden it can hardly run the OS it's self. Try Ubuntu maybe?
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Could it be that you are used to using an updated systems?
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I don't remember my old Pentium 4 being this slow.
Windows XP Home wow that's pretty surprising but in my sig rig i get zero CPU impact
Unfortunately the MoBo sucks and wont take the OC it just Blue screens on windows logo ahaha and yes this is a clean install of windows just bare drivers and a few pictures


Thats pretty much my CPU just running a 1080p stream. I'm not even sure about your sig rig CPU. I have to shamefully admit I haven't got a clue on AMD branding. You could try chrome if you aren't. It runs flash much better.

I know what you mean about your computer suddenly being slow. Happened to my E7300 rig, and it was OC'd to about 3.3ghz. You could try windows 7 or 8 but I doubt it would help to where it would be noticeable.
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post #9 of 11
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Thats pretty much my CPU just running a 1080p stream. I'm not even sure about your sig rig CPU. I have to shamefully admit I haven't got a clue on AMD branding. You could try chrome if you aren't. It runs flash much better.

I know what you mean about your computer suddenly being slow. Happened to my E7300 rig, and it was OC'd to about 3.3ghz. You could try windows 7 or 8 but I doubt it would help to where it would be noticeable.


Hm not sure what i did but i played with the dram timings and it seems much smoother. but still very slow. Could it be a bad hard drive?
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Hm not sure what i did but i played with the dram timings and it seems much smoother. but still very slow. Could it be a bad hard drive?
I wouldn't say bad, IDE is a bad thing though. Could be fragmented too.
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