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Old 02-24-2006, 07:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, simple question...how do I turn off speedstep in XP? It doesn't give the option in the power options.
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There is a driver installed (supplied by laptop manufacturer or auto detected by Windows XP) that you can disable in the Windows device manager or you can disable Speedstep in your laptops CMOS options at start up.
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It's not in the CMOS settings, which tab would it be under in the device manager? I don't want to disable anything I shouldn't by accident.
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You must have it turned off in the BIOS and in WinXP. If you go into the Power Applet in Control Panel and select the Always On option it will disable Speed Step. Right click your desktop > Click properties > Click Screen Saver > Power button > Change the Power Scheme to always on.
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Ok, so I tried all that (except there isn't an actual speedstep option in my BIOS) and I changed the power settings on my laptop and still no luck...
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what type of system do you have and how do you know you have this technology?
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Unfortunately all the Pentium M CPUs have Speedstep. The problem is that XP has a driver already set up and doesn't have a seperate driver like other Windows OS's which make it much easier to disable.
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why do you want to disable it?
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Mainly because I want optimum performance for gaming. It kills my framerates when it's unplugged.
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Have you tried setting the power profile to "Always On" that works with my Athlon 64.
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