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Hi!

When I try to play ANY games, even CS, my CPU go into a constant 100% usage, and that makes me lag every 2 seconds... Which is IMPOSSIBLE!

So I was wondering what might be cousing this?
And maybe some OC might help? Like turning up the voltage or something?
(I am a complete newbi to OC, so please don't kill me )

My system specs are:
Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.53GHz - Northwood, A80532
Asus P4P800-E Deluxe (MB)
SPD memory modules:
DIMM1: Micron Tech. 8VDDT6464AG-335D1 512 Mb PC2700 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
DIMM3: 512 Mb PC2700 DDR SDRAM (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz) (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition (256 Mb)
Western Digital Caviar 160GB - IDE ATA/100 8MB cache 7200RPM (File Storage)
Western Digital Raptor 36.7GB S-ATA - 8MB cache 10000RPM (System/Prog/Games)

PS: The X800XTPE is realy a X800 Pro, but was softmoded to XTPE. And if you need more specs, just tell me!

The RAM is somewhat old, I know, but I am low on cash, so buying new is not an option, but maybe something can be done?
The HDD are almost brand new.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 23
Have you checked for Spyware and/or viruses lately?
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I belive my last check was for about one month ago, and it came up with only cookies as spyware, and 0 viruses.

I use Norton Anti-Virus and Ad-Aware Pro, any additional software that I should run?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #4 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaxP2P
I belive my last check was for about one month ago, and it came up with only cookies as spyware, and 0 viruses.

I use Norton Anti-Virus and Ad-Aware Pro, any additional software that I should run?
Nope, but if it was a month ago I'd check it again as Spyware in particular can cause CPU usage like that. Also, check no programs are running in the background that shouldn't be. Check through msconfig and remove anything unnecessary from the startup section
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post #5 of 23
Download a neat little tool called CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ccdownload.asp

You processor is powerful enough to play games. You can overclock it about 600Mhz on air cooling. I use to have a Northwood 2.4Ghz that I got up to 3.2Ghz stable. They are great ocing processors (and you motherboard is good.) Just go into BIOS and up the frequency a little at a time. Check your temps (use Prime95 to stress test) try to keep them under 65C load for the Norty.
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post #6 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi
Download a neat little tool called CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ccdownload.asp

You processor is powerful enough to play games. You can overclock it about 600Mhz on air cooling. I use to have a Northwood 2.4Ghz that I got up to 3.2Ghz stable. They are great ocing processors (and you motherboard is good.) Just go into BIOS and up the frequency a little at a time. Check your temps (use Prime95 to stress test) try to keep them under 65C load for the Norty.
Will try the CCleaner now.
And I also ran Ad-Aware SE Pro, Norton Anti-Virus and defragmentet yesterday (all done in safe-mode).
Ad-Aware just came up with some cookies.
Norton found absolutly nothing.
And I don't know if the defrag helped any... Don't think it did.

About the overclocking, there is something weird in my BIOS...
The only overclocking option I have is:
AI Overclocking, somthing something...
It don't let me directly adjust the FSB (i think) 5% at a time, and up to 30%.
But I can't find any place in my BIOS where I can adjust the FSB directly...
So, what should I do?
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post #7 of 23
u should also download the prog called spybot sd, it looks for spyware and what not...very good prog.
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post #8 of 23
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Oki, I will try that
Thx

And CCleaner really seems like a great prog.
It cleaned a lot in my registry, and it's very fast too
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post #9 of 23
That's normal for it to do that. As I explained in the other post, that's prefectly normal and is not the cause of your lag in games. All cpu's will do that unless they are multithreaded. I remember when I used to think that since my CPU was always running 100% in games that it wasn't fast enough, but that's not the case.
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post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaxP2P
Will try the CCleaner now.
And I also ran Ad-Aware SE Pro, Norton Anti-Virus and defragmentet yesterday (all done in safe-mode).
Ad-Aware just came up with some cookies.
Norton found absolutly nothing.
And I don't know if the defrag helped any... Don't think it did.

About the overclocking, there is something weird in my BIOS...
The only overclocking option I have is:
AI Overclocking, somthing something...
It don't let me directly adjust the FSB (i think) 5% at a time, and up to 30%.
But I can't find any place in my BIOS where I can adjust the FSB directly...
So, what should I do?
You can set AI Overclocking Tuner to Manual and that will allow you to raise the FSB.
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