sluggish celeron

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I'm running a celeron 900 with 256megs of ram under winXP pro. Windows is unusually sluggish even after startup.. I checked the bios and found that the "cpu host/pci clock" setting was on default. I have the following options that I can choose rather than the default: 100/33 103/34 112/37 105/35 110/36 115/38.

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No. thats normal.
100/33 is the default speed for cellerons of 800Mhz or greater.

You can try higher settings. But this is called overclocking, and may result in instability/problems.

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if you say "unusually sluggish", i would say you need so make sure your hardware settings are correct (dma mode and stuff). also you might want to check your system and make sure you don't have a virus. is this a new fresh install or a update/upgrade?

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I agree with scamtron.. though a 900 MHz Celeron is no racer, it should handle XP allright as long as you dont run too demanding apps; my guess is DMA isnt enabled on your harddisk. HAve a look in the device manager. Having it set to PIO turns *every* PC into a turtle.

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256MB is a bit low for XP, Youll probably need 512MB of RAM for optimum performance. That could be your problem.

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256mb of ram is more than sufficient dood.... if the mentioned above are not helpful, i suggest trying different drivers.

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256 MB is the least I would recommend.

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Microsoft® Windows XP Professional

Requirements

To use Microsoft® Windows XP you need:
Computer/Processor PC with 300 MHz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
Memory 128 MB of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
Hard Disk Minimum: 1.5 GB of available hard disk space

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network. For more information, please see www.microsoft.com/windowsxp.
Drive CD-ROM or DVD drive
Display Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor

For DVD video playback: DVD drive and DVD decoder card or DVD decoder software & 8 MB of video RAM
For Windows Movie Maker: Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or analog video capture device & 400 MHz or higher processor for digital video camera capture.



128 megs does a fine job (we are talking about sluggishness) and 256 is what is being used so there shouldn't be any problems with not having enough ram dood



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Exactly, that's why I don't use 128MB. If 128MB is recommended I use 256MB. That way I have plenty of overhead for gaming and so forth. If I was doing word processing I would go with 128.

That's my personal preference. I didn't mean to sound rude. :smile:

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dood... you were not rude one bit. its a weird situation this guy has here... it shouldn't be sluggish you know.

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