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My laptop changes its speed...reduces its speed!!!

Hi! I have a sony vaio pcg frv25 with 2.66 processor... sometimes works in that speed and suddenly works at 700 or a processor problem?? do I need to change it?? or is a heating problem??

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2.66 ghz. is much to hot a chip for any Laptop.
The reason, I,m sure you know is the cooing factor.
With a unit that high in speed and temp., you will need a support base with a cooling fan to keep the unit at a stable temp.
I have a HP that came with a AMD Turion 1.8 ghz dual core processor and changed mine to a 2.2 ghz.
Unit runs very fast but over heating is always a problem.
The support base I picked up was about $30.00USD
and I still have to keep my eye on the temp.
Hope this has helped.
P.S. You may want to stop at your local Radio Shack and get a can of compressed air and blow out the fan a grill section. all in one word VENTELATION

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Usually laptop motherboards have an instruction built in to regulate processor speed to save power. If you have all the original sony software installed, there is power feature to disable this, however, it will drain the battery when operating unplugged. This feature can be found in the lower right hand corner next to the clock on the taskbar. It be labled Sony Power Management or something similar. Open it and find the option to set processor to maximum performance.

If you are having trouble locating this, let us geeks know, always here to help!

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    Cleaning it out would be a great idea. Using a cooling pad would be even better!

    If you have your original manual, look at page 122. If you dont have it, click here and go to page 122. It will explain exactly what you are experiencing.

    2.66 Ghz is not an excessive speed for a laptop. Your cooling sytem in your laptop was built around this speed. I too have a HP DV6000 series with an AMD Turion TL-56 1.88Ghz that gets really hot at times, in fact AMD reports its normal operating temp is about 115 - 120 degrees fahrenheit with a max of 145 before I recieve an overheating error. I had a Toshiba Satellite Pro S205 series, late 2004 model, that had a Pentium 4 at 3.2Ghz and never felt heat whatsoever.

    Needless to say, I dont really think you are having an overheating issue. That paticular processor from INTEL also comes with an error reporting code for XP. If it was overheating and had to regulate itself, you would know because an error message would appear from your BIOS and would resemble something like the Blue Screen of Death stating, to prevent damage to your hardware, windows has lowered your operating frequency or bus speed.

    Your PC is only doing what the SONY software was programmed to do, which is regulate speed based on user demand. This feature can be easily turned off and then your report will show it running at 2.66 all the time. SONY and many other companies including TOSHIBA, HP, ACER, ASUS, GATEWAY, ALIENWARE, etc do this so they can label their product energy star compliant and save you battery life.

    I'm not saying johnrray is wrong by any means, his advice is very wise. Im only saying im 99.99% positive your laptop is doing exactly what SONY's software is programmed to do. There are some models though, that this feature is called SPEED-STEP and has to be disabled in your BIOS and not in Windows, but that is usually found on Centrino Processors.

    Hope this helps! I just dont want people to worry that their equipment is bad when it MAY not be!



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