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    Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    Got a weird one here. I've got an AMD Duron 750Mhz system which shows up as 675Mhz in the boot sequence and 386Mhz in the Windows system properties. Thing is, everything seems to be running *too* fast. For example, if I open the date & time properties the clock is ticking 3 seconds for every 1 I count and MS Pinball is so fast it's unplayable. I've tried fiddling with the GFX card (Matrox G450) and BIOS settings etc to no avail. It's doing my head in! Anybody got a Scooby as to what to do? Cheers, The Loafer <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    <img src=/S/ouch.gif border=0 alt=ouch width=15 height=15> Sounds like a motherboard setting that's really screwy - you're getting two different reports of the CPU speed? Any recent BIOS updates or other changes? If not, have you thought about flashing the BIOS? You didn't say whether this was a white-box special like all of my PCs or a brand-name such as Dell/Gateway/Compaq etc.

    This has the unmistakable smell of hardware weirdness, such as the RTC (real-time clock) on the motherboard going south. Check the CMOS battery too.
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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    I built the system myself and it was working fine on 98SE but the upgrade to XP has brought me nothing but hassle. I haven't touched the BIOS (apart from fiddling with boot sequence options). It's a Gigabyte 7IXE4 motherboard so after your suggestion I got a flash from their site. On running it though I get "The chipset is not supported" then "The flash part is not supported" then "Make sure the flash is not protected". A quick check in the BIOS shows that write protection is off. The CMOS battery appears to be working as it's remembering settings. I'll "borrow" another from work on Monday to check. Ta for the advice.

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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    Tried a new CMOS battery but have still got the same problem (although Windows has decided it's now 380Mhz ...). Any other ideas? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    I have a few things for you to look into.

    have you checked to make sure that your motherboard's jumpers are correctly set? Most modern boards have a "jumper free" setting, but sometimes they don't - since you see an incorrect speed on the BIOS POST screen, that's indicative of something at the board level. The fact that you couldn't flash the CMOS is potentially a bad thing. Is there a write-protect option for the CMOS in the setup utility?

    And here's a few links for you to dig into with some additional information:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBD/tip1900/rh1949.htm>JSI Tip 1949
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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    I just thought after posting a erply....

    380 * 2 = 760, roughly the speed of the chip you have. That means, given Windows inability to report a spot-on speed, that a multiplier somewhere is off, long before XP enters the picture.
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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    You MUST upgrade BIOS to make it work properly. Follow the procedure as described on p. 59 of your <A target="_blank" HREF=http://ftp.gigabyte.com.tw/support/user_pdf/7ixe4_10_4.pdf>User's Manual</A>

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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    Thanks for the time you've put in on this one, Mark. The plot thickens ... it would appear that my floppy drive (which I've had no reason to use since installing XP) is cattle trucked too. I was about to try a boot disk. All BIOS settings appear correct, cables in the right place, tried a brand new drive and cable. Nuttin'. Drive light doesn't even light up when I boot (even though it's set to boot from A). It's beginning to dawn on me that maybe my mobo is faulty. I'm also beginning to wish I'd taken that job as a land surveyor rather than PC support ... <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    <hr>beginning to wish I'd taken that job as a land surveyor rather than PC support ... <hr>
    I feel your pain! System building can be a nightmare.

    just wanted to toss out an experience I had with an ASUS motherboard that I swore was defective - until I got a second one from the vendor and it did the same thing. The keyboard would not work after setting up the BIOS. I had to reset it, and then go and change things again. As it turns out, when I enabled PnP OS installed it would not respond to the keyboard. ASUS denied that there was a problem, and have since released several BIOS revisions to correct bugs in the code. I've never been brave enough to go and try enabling that setting again. Thus, with your floppy drive's light not coming on, among other things, I'm thinking that it would behoove you to get a replacement board if you can. I take it that the floppy works but no light....that is a new one for me.

    Check your jumpers....one at a time. BIOS settings are usually overridden by jumpers on the board although that should be indicated in the config screen.

    No loafing for you eh? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Don't see this often - Windows running *too* fast

    After being driven to distraction by this problem and looking for something to inflict violence on I decided to whip out the old Creative ISA sound card that was gathering dust inside my PC. Bingo. Processor speed back up to 750Mhz and all is right with the world. No idea why it decided to play up as it was fine under W98SE but 15 quid on a PCI sound card (no orchestral sound needed on my system, I'm not proud ...) and I'm cured. Thanks for everybodys input anyway. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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