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Possible Static Discharge Question

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 10:44 am:   

My computer is running extremely slow in the Windows XP environment. To give you an idea of how slow it is running in the system performance shows that my Athlon 1.4 is using 100% of its resources even though the computer is idle.
Could this be that after I took off the heatsink and fan and then reattached it, only to have it fall off in the middle of a boot sequence and possible shorting out of the motherboard and any other components it may have contacted???
Is this possible, or am I just dreaming?
If another component touches a circuit on the motherboard while it is attached, is it possible to short it out?
How do you know if the motherboard has had a static discharge?
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 12:45 pm:   

if the heat sink fell off, most likely, it's burnt out. might try to replace the cpu
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 12:46 pm:   

oh, if that isn't it, you might have fried the motherboard.
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 1:15 pm:   

I purchased and installed the exact same processor and CPU today and the computer is still running extremely slow, like there is no RAM. The system startup detects and tests both the CPU and RAM and both are OK. I have no idea what could be slowing the computer down this much. I might format the HD and re-install XP. What do you think?
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 4:46 pm:   

i once did a tweak of the internet settings that was supposed to speed me up. it ended up frying the cpu, and the motherboard. i had to go and buy another cpu and motherboard which fixed it. you mentioned that you went and got another processor and cpu, they are one and the same. you may need a new motherboard. if you wish, you can re-install winxp too, as it will be using new settings with the new board.
v (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 6:23 pm:   

Some questions I would ask (never having worked with Winxp.)

How much memory is installed?

Have you checked for background programs running in startup (msconfig)? (or comparable for winxp?)

Does your system need to be defragged?

How about desktop themes? If the minimum requirements for ram are installed then that could cause things to run slow.

just some thoughts
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2002 - 7:19 am:   

thanks for the help. I reinstalled XP and everything works great. I guess when you put in a new motherboard, or CPU, XP needs to be reinstalled.
thanks again
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 5:05 am:   

Yes that is always the case.

The 100% cpu usage may be a cpu cooling utility, which only runs when nothing else needs to be done. It doenst slow your pc (not neccesarily), and may extend the life of your cpu. Theres a setting in XP to "enable system idle thread", but that doesnt work as well as a proper C2 cooling utility. It can bring the temp down by 20C. Also, using the proper paste and the proper amount of paste can bring the temp down another 15C.

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