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Very slow response of M266A

By trimi
Dec 20, 2007
  1. Hi, I am having a problem with slow computer response. Here are the specs:
    AsRock M266A rev.2.01
    Socket 478, Intel® Pentium 4 / Celeron
    - FSB 533/400MHz
    Chipset: VIA® P4M266A, supports Hyper-Threading Technology
    Graphics: Integrated ProSavage8 3D Graphic
    - Memory Default 32MB
    Audio: AC97 CODEC
    - Channel 2 CH Audio
    Memory: 1xDDR266, 1xDDR200

    The computer performs way to slow, and when I used Hmonitor it showed high motherboard temperature 72 degrees of Celzius, while the CPU is stable at 32 degrees Celzius. I also used Speedfan and it showed the same results indicating motherboard temperature as T1=72 degr Celzius. The PSU fan does not blow hot air to indicate 72 degrees!!! This is my impression, and the motherboard does not feel so hot when touching it too!!
    I tried fresh Windows Installation 2-3 times and updated drivers from AsRock and Windows Update Center, but it did not help. I also checket the memory and tried using single modules, and switched them too, but no help.
    Your help is highly appreciated.
     
  2. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Did you actually touch the motherboard when you had the PC turned on, just checking to make sure you are not doing anything stupid. :)
    Check the bios to see what temps it is saying. Do you have any case fans as this would help with cooling. Yup well that is all I can think of to help you out at the moment. :)
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,506   +238

    When you say it performs too slow, what does that mean exactly? It boots slow, it plays games slow, applications open slow, etc?
     
  4. NFSFAN

    NFSFAN TS Rookie Posts: 340

    What is your CPU speed? How much RAM?
     
  5. trimi

    trimi TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Yes, I touched the motherboard and no excessive noticeable heat observed; the BIOS temps show normal CPU temp (37-40 celzius).
    CPU speed is 2.4 GHz,
    RAM: 384 MB (-32MB of onboard VGA)
    ???
    Thanks for suggestions.. I am still waiting for your help!
     
  6. trimi

    trimi TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    And yes, I forgot to mention, when I say slow I mean slow folder browsing, slow opening of applications (eg. MS Word, etc.), booting is not so slow except for the network icon on the taskbar showing about 1 minute later after everything boots up and letting me connect on the internet, poor video quality, etc. The overall PC performance has degraded. After thinking and seeing all this mess, I am thinking that the motherboard has gone defective. I don't know if I am right??..
     
  7. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 205

    what version of windows? if it's xp, I would recommend having 512mb minimum of ram
     
  8. trimi

    trimi TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    It's Windows XP. I have seen lots of PCs to run quite smoot with the configuration I mentioned above, which I cannot say for the PC we are talking about!!...
     
  9. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    32MB of ram just isn't enough memory for XP. The minimum is 512MB and in reality if you want a smooth experience, and want to do a bit more than just surf the web you should have 1GB of memory.
     
  10. trimi

    trimi TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Read above, 32MB is onboard VGA and not system RAM. System RAM is 386MB (minus 32MB that goes to VGA)
     
  11. saki_007

    saki_007 TS Rookie

    I Read This and i have the same mother board and i hadn't this problem but i solve it by updating Bios from 1.40 to 1.90 after update cpu temp. is 40 , 45 oC
    And performance good..
     
     
  12. saki_007

    saki_007 TS Rookie

    I Read This and i have the same mother board and i hadn't this problem but i solve it by updating Bios from 1.40 to 1.90 after update cpu temp. is 40 , 45 oC
    And performance good..
     
  13. saki_007

    saki_007 TS Rookie

    I Read This and i have the same mother board and i hadn't this problem but i solve it by updating Bios from 1.40 to 1.90 after update cpu temp. is 40 , 45 oC
    And performance good..
     
  14. Quantex_rox

    Quantex_rox TS Rookie Posts: 152

    maybe your motherboard heat sensor is defective
     
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