Speed issue

By cfitzarl
Sep 12, 2006
  1. I am taking a class at my school, and they lent us these older Dell laptops that run at 1.3ghz, have 800mhz fsb, and contain 256mb ddr ram (loaded up bios on the computer to see). What I can't figure out is the fact that whenever I log on using the schools user name, the computer takes a good 30 seconds logging on, and starts out with 100% usage of the cpu, although only has 22 processes. I end around six or seven of them, although the computer speeds up, it is still slow. It could probably use a good defragmenting, though it wouldn't slow down that much, right? Also, the computers are very restricted. I know some bugs with Xp that can remove the administators password, but I won't touch these computers further than I have.
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Hi cfitzarl,

    I don't know if there are 1.3 GHZ CPU's with a 800MHZ FSB. I think those 800MHZ FSB CPU's are Northwood's C (A or B, donĀ“t know :eek: ), and Prescotts.
    There are 1.3GHZ P4's, with 400MHZ FSB, some P3's with 133FSB, etc.

    Regarding the machine, I'd defragment it, but it would take a while. I don't think that you have time to do it.
    Also, it could have viruses, and crap like that.

    Anyways, 1.3 GHZ is a little slow for windows XP, so don't expect miracles, especially if they have a normal coppermine Celeron CPU.
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