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my second computer is an HP Pavillion a1022n.

AMD Athlon 643400+ (2.4GHz but running at 1.8GHz)
ASUS K8S-LA (HP mobo, no drivers to update)
1.5GB DDR PC3200


There are no overclocking options in bios so why did it drop so far?
Edited by Grizzly Adams - 7/7/08 at 11:25am
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It's part of AMD's power management called PowerNOW. If you load the processor (with say super pi) you should see it jump to max speed.

HP Motherboards will not have any overclocking options in bios, but you may be able to toggle PowerNow (or CoolnQuiet) on/off.
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Possibly the so-called "Windows Rot" has set in?

How new is the machine?

Could some malware have also made its way into it?
    
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Maybe some proprietary HP software that sets the processor speed lower when its at idle?
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cpuz shows the multiplier at 9, while it is supposed to be 12

but yeah under load it raises which is stupid because it doesnt boost the speed up to 2.4GHz until a few seconds after the load begins.
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Xavier1421 probably has it the most correctly: If there is a setting in the BIOS enabling Cool 'N Quiet, I'd turn it off, as Xavier recommended.
    
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Originally Posted by txtmstrjoe View Post
Xavier1421 probably has it the most correctly: If there is a setting in the BIOS enabling Cool 'N Quiet, I'd turn it off, as Xavier recommended.
+1

Cool and quiet will drop the multi, just like Intel Speedstep.
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