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    Windows XP Pro (SP1)

    My system seems very slow to me. Using SETI as an example, it can take up to 36 hours to process a work unit. Sometimes it's done in 6 or 7 hours, but usually at least 24. Previous Pentium II system ran consistently at 12 hours. Maximum PC magazine ran SETI on a 3+ GHz system and got the job done in about 3 hours, so 6 or 7 on mine seems about right. Why so slow and why the inconsistent results?

    System is 2.66 GHz P IV, 512 meg RAM, Windows XP Pro with all current updates. AdAware and Spybot say system is clean. Task manager says SETI gets about 2/3 of system cycles with Norton AntiVirus getting most of the rest.


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    Re: Windows XP Pro (SP1)

    I really don't understand what this SETI at home software does, but I suspect it is subject to preemption by other system tasks (maybe even a disk defrag) and possibly depends on the speed of your network connection. Try running some other kinds of benchmarks that run in the foreground and don't use the network interface and see what kind of results you get.

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