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Processor slow after new hdd

by jonahkrw / April 8, 2013 3:44 PM PDT

My computer's Speccy:

Recently, my original hdd died all of a sudden (started beeping when its powered and isn't readable) so I got a new one which is compatible with my laptop. My previous hdd was a 5400rpm and I replaced it with a Seagate ST9500423AS 7200rpm hdd. My laptop (Dell XPS M1530) is over 4 yrs old, so it could be a lot of things. My battery doesn't charge and all that good fun.
I had that 7200 lying around, never-been-touched-still-in-static-bag, and so I swapped it with the other one when it died.

After installing a clean Win7Pro, I installed all drivers (cpu, gpu,...) and they are up to date. I did not flash the BIOS b/c it still shows that it is at version A12.

Now, even with this old laptop and the slower, older hdd, I could play FIFA 13, Arkham City, and a lot of other games on lower graphics without lag. I know the BIOS throttles the cpu when it does not recognize the battery, but I could still run the games with no trouble.
Now, I cannot, things get very choppy after playing for a few minutes. I attempted forcing the cpu not to be throttled with ThrottleStop but it would just force shutdown after a little.

According to the Windows Experience Index, my rating is now up to 5.4 from 4.8 because of the upgrade from 5400 to 7200, so why is my gaming experience worse?

Are there any tests I can run to find out what the issue is? Might something else have shorted out when my hdd died? Am I just plain screwed cuz my laptop is ancient?

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Tell more about drivers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2013 11:25 PM PDT

You claim they are up to date but we can't use Windows to determine that. Nothing has changed about installing Windows. I'm going to stop here since I want to read how you determined the drivers were current.

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by jonahkrw / April 9, 2013 2:34 AM PDT

I had backups of all the drivers I had installed on my external, so I used that first. I let Win7 update itself to its current iteration, then went to the hardware pieces and had Windows search online for new drivers, or in the case of my Nvidia card, I used the Nvidia site to update.

When I figured something was amiss, I used Advanced System Care to check if my drivers were up to date and also went to the Intel site to see if I could find any newer updates. I did not find anything new.

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That does not sound OK
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2013 2:39 AM PDT
In reply to: okay

I have yet to see any person succeed with any "driver backup" system. So that's a failure system?

You wrote "had Windows search online for new drivers" which is exactly what we know does not work.

And finally you mention Advanced System Care which has no hope of finding drivers for the million different PCs out there.

-> I know it's terrible but nothing has changed on over a decade or two for Windows. You must install it the old fashioned way according to the maker's instructions.

I see some image as to the machine's specs but all that does not matter. Your install method is something folk may try, but it's flawed in many ways.
Back to the old fashioned well discussed Windows installs.

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aw, okay...
by jonahkrw / April 9, 2013 4:33 AM PDT
In reply to: That does not sound OK

How disappointing, it is pretty much the procedure I followed the last time I installed Windows.
So I'm gonna clean install one more time then. I have all the current driver update files for my hardware from the manufacturers or other sites if the manufacturers do not host it anymore.
After the installation, I'll update in this order:
-Desktop System Software or Notebook System Software
-Chipset or SMBus driver
-Processor Driver
-Input Drivers (keyboard/mouse)
-Network Card

Does that sound fair?
And then should I let Windows search for its other updates or no?

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Looks very close to the order I use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2013 4:54 AM PDT
In reply to: aw, okay...

Input Drivers (keyboard/mouse) is interesting. While I do install the touch pad driver, I haven't installed a keyboard driver in over a decade.

Also, the Chipset driver usually includes the SMBus item. Just be sure to use the drivers at that you find with your Service Tag. If these drivers are from the rather horrible "Driver Backup" software we see, these are usually a great cause of failures.

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