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HP Sempron Laptop running slow

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Hey guys, on 11-25 (day after Turkey Day Sale) I purchased a HP Pavilion ze2308wm from Wal-Mart for $376 (I thought it was a killer deal).

Following are the specs for the Laptop:

Amd Sempron 2800+ with Powernow! (1.gGHz, 128kb L2)
XP Home with SP 2
256 MB 333mhz DDR
24x DVD/CDRW combo
54g 802.11b/g WLAN w/ 125 HSM/SpeedBooster
15.0" XGA TFT (1024x768)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200M IGP with 32 MB DDR Shared (up to 128 shared)

So here is my dilema, I went into bios and set it to performance instead of battery saver (I think when its only on battery it boots at a lower speed?) Well default (and my bios doesn't let me change it but it says 1600) is 1.6 ghz. Sometimes my computer will say 7xx (7 hundred something) mhz (which is the equivalent of around a Celeron 1200).

I understand the Powernow, and maybe I can't disable it, but I'll be searching for files and playing music and making a burn list and it'll lag but not turn up the cpu mhz.

When it first boots it'll say 1593 or something (close enough to 1600 for me) but after a few min i'll check and it'll say 7 something. I used CPUZ and it says 7 something as well. So its turning the mhz down and not turning it up when I need it. What the heck can I do ?
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Hmm, try downloading a program called BURNMAX (google it) it should run the CPU at 100% load, check if it overclocks it then, also try it while plugged in, IT not running off batteries.
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UPDATE (not that you guys care)

I upgraded with 2 x 512 mb DDR333 (same DDR that was in it) from 256.

Its like I bought a new computer!!

Before I couldn't even play Guild Wars, choppy and unplayable. Now its smooth on higher settings. I'm so happy.

Never realized how sucky 256 was (with 32 of it going to video). Now I have 1024 (with 128 to memory, but its not even missed).

Very pleased. Nero opens instantly, and this is how a laptop should be !!
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Yeah, I remember when I got my first PC, i ONLY HAD 128mb and a 1 ghz AMD cpu, Then I upgraded to 512 and it performed WAAAYYYY better. RAM is one of the main things that determine the speed of a PC, I'm pooping around with 1gig and I feel like I'm not a man, I need to upgrade to 2-3 soon.
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For me to have only around $450 in a Sempron 2800+, 1 gig Ram, 40 gig HD, DVD/CDRW, 15" display I think this is awesome.

I'm planning on ordering 2 more gig for my desktop (that'll be a total of 3 gig) on 1-13-2005 (when I get paid again)
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