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I need geeking up

By burneyrubber
Dec 3, 2009
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  1. first of all hi all :)

    ive floated around this board a few times before but now im wondering if you guys (and girls) could help me out as its certianly your field.

    ive had my pc for a while,i basically just bought the parts and put it all together and away i went,i never messed around with the bios or anything and to be fair its been great for ages.
    recently ive started to do more complex work in illustrator which on my last job decided to tell me i didnt have trhe ram to finish the process.
    however i think 4gig of ddr3 should be enough so maybe im bottle necking (thats a bit of geek talk i picked up there..i hope it means somthing or ill get my coat).

    so i was just hoping you guys could take a look at my bios set up and tell me if theres anything obvious i should do.


    many thanks in advance and drinks on me yay.

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  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Does your BIOS have any energy saving function enabled which causes the processor to vary it's frequency depending on the load on it. If so, disable it. I asked because I saw different multipliers in the BIOS and CPU-Z.
     
  3. burneyrubber

    burneyrubber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    from what i can see,..no energy saving function.
     
  4. BMfan

    BMfan TS Guru Posts: 480   +49

    If you change the advanced power settings in windows you can stop windows from throttling the CPU back.
     
  5. burneyrubber

    burneyrubber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    where exactly is that setting? im running xp by the way as vista is rubbish and win7 dosent run the progs i need properly as yet
     
  6. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    are you running 64 bit xp? If not you won't get your full 4Gbs. Also have you run looked at the resource usage in task monitor to see how much memory certain processes are using? That would give you an idea of what you can do to cut back on memory usage.

    If you don't know what advanced power settings or task monitor is, just try googleing "how to use ______" and you should find it pretty quickly.
     
  7. BMfan

    BMfan TS Guru Posts: 480   +49

    Sorry i didn't like xp so i never got into it properly,hopefully someone else can help you with that.
    On vista\7 it's in the advanced power options.
     
  8. burneyrubber

    burneyrubber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im going to switch to 7 next week as i am only on 32bit xp and ive just bought another 4gig of ram.
    i just hope my usual programs still work on 7
     
  9. BMfan

    BMfan TS Guru Posts: 480   +49

    Hope they do,i have been using 7 since RC 7701 and never looked at vista again.
    I haven't had any problems with programs so far.
     
  10. burneyrubber

    burneyrubber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i never upgraded to vista as xp has always been good for me but now with the extra ram etc i think its time for a change.
    can i still run programs in 32bit mode using 64bit win7 if i need to?
     
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    The vast majority of 32-bit apps will run on any 64-bit OS. Certain apps have issues, and it is these apps which have separate installers for 64-bit operating systems.
     
     
  12. burneyrubber

    burneyrubber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i use cubase 5 and im worried alot of the plugins wont work thats my main concern really.
     
  13. frickfrock99

    frickfrock99 TS Rookie

    Yeesh talk about bottlenecking eh?
     
  14. burneyrubber

    burneyrubber TS Rookie Topic Starter

    getting your 5 posts done are you mate :)
    silly rule,just creates replys like that ^

    $100 says his 6th post is his computer problem ;)
     
  15. JessicaD

    JessicaD TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Burneyrubber,

    Rage_2k_Moiz is correct. If you would like to learn more about the differences between a 32-bit operating system and 64-bit please go to the following link: http://bit.ly/2aT3xP

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
     
  16. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    This has some very general info, but not much detail. Here are some better links to understand the differences between 32bit and 64 bit are.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64-bit

    http://gizmodo.com/5133771/why-you-should-go-64+bit-with-windows-7

    http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/5709
     
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