Need Desperate Help - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Overclocking and Modding
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-01-2006, 07:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10
Exclamation Need Desperate Help

My Specs:

Athlon XP 2400+ 2.0 ghz
512mb DDR 400 SDRAM
20gb HDD
Nvidia Geforce 6600 256mb
Albatron KX600 Pro Motherboard
300w Power Supply
Windows XP Home

I purchased this PC in 2003 and upgraded from a Geforce 4 MX440 with 64mb to a 6600 in late 2005. I understand that this is not a performance PC by any means. But i am getting terrible frame-rates out of games that i should be able to run smoothly. Games such as C&C Generals or Knights of the old republic, these games are fairly old now and my PC should have no problem with them, but unfortuantely still does.

I've tried every driver i can find for everything, can somebody please tell me what i'm doing wrong.

jimmy4290 is offline  
Old 06-01-2006, 08:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 996

Alright, some thouhgts of what could be the reason:

A. You have a virus, spyware, maleware, or something else stealing you'r CPU / RAM bandtwith

B. You'r HDD Is full, no room for virtual memory - the computer will be overloaded by the lightest programs.

C. Most unlikly, its overloaded with dust, no heat is dissipating, and the contact between components within you'r pc to each other is being interferd by dust.

D. Last resort, You'r Power supply is lacking power or just dying, Which brand is it and how old is it? [300w Power Supply, my guess some brandless PSU, low quality one], the 6600 gt requires, I THINK, at least 400watt one.. or a high Amper one [on the +12v rail]

About the PSU, give me info about it, and how much amper does it supply on the +12v rail.

These are the few idea's I have in mind that could cause a serious loss of performence.

some steps you could follow to fix it:

Following A [and probably same for B..], First reformat computer, if it fixes you'r problem then you found out whats the source of you'r troubles.

If reformatting didn't work, following C Then, it maybe is dust that is interfering to you'r computer to work normally, its UNLIKLEY but POSSIBLE... sometimes dust does that, just clean it gentely, I also suggest in this time to clean up you'r CPU Heatsink, fan, and replace thermal grease or thermal pad [whichever you use.. its always good to replace those once a year or so, could also be a reason if it doesn't do its job well you'r CPU will overheat easly]

Now if all of these regular solutions didn't work, the last resort is that MAYBE you'r PSU[power supply] is either not working as well anymore, or just too weak in general to run you'r computer [300 watt, guessing that the amper in it are as low, is not a very good PSU for a newer computer than a pentium 3 and a geforce 400MX or so, lol..]

Well, give me details of you'r PSU and try following the steps accordingly before replacing any hardware, I hope this helps somewhat..

-Jo / Yoad B.Y.

Yoad is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 04:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10

thanks for the reply, i have wondered about the PSU, it isnt branded. I think you might be right there. I keep my Hard Disk fairly clear at least 60% most of the time, but it might be worth upgrading my hard disk (which would mean a bigger power supply). I don't know about spyware, i scan fairly regulary and have norton on all the time, but it is possible.
jimmy4290 is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 06:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
Master Techie
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,134

do you have any temperature readings? it sounds like overheating to me... use speedfan for CPU, and Rivatuner for GPU.
joshd is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 07:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10

ok i've got a CPU temprature, its reading at 52.5 degrees. Be back with more info later. By the way, i read you're from Cornwall, used to love that place when i lived in the UK.
jimmy4290 is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 09:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
Super Techie
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 367

52.5C or F? if its C and thats at idle, then its definately overheating.
Setup no longer here.... need new one....
xenium is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 10:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 996

wow... even if its not idle i think its a lot for an amd, I have a feeling this guy talks in F's degrees, or that he is reading the HDD Temp...
Yoad is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 11:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 7,915
Send a message via Yahoo to talldude123

the computer is probably overheating. My system feels pretty hot, and it's only running at 34 degreees celcius, 40 degrees while working.

I recommend dusting out the PC, it will make everything run like new.
talldude123 is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 01:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 996

^I already said that its a possibility lol, and I also suggested to dust it out =x

Just pointing out x_X
Yoad is offline  
Old 06-02-2006, 02:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 559

He's running an Athlon XP. 52C is not overheating, since the max temp for XPs are 95C, according to AMD's website. My 2800+ overclocked, idles at 50C, goes maxes out in Prime95 at 63C. Heat is not his problem, I think its spyware, or even Norton. It's well known that Norton hogs resources. Could be the PSU. I had a 6600 vanilla, and it required a minumum of 400W, but 450W worked better, since the Athlons have a pretty high power consumption (something like 110W).

AMD64 X2 4400+
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D
2GB Kingston Hyper-X (2-3-2-6)
TT Big Typhoon
eVGA 7900GT KO Superclocked (650/1650)
250GB Maxtor DiamondMax SATA2 HDD
Hiper Type-R 580W SLi PSU
19" Sony Trinitron CRT
magouster is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.