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    why is my computer soo slooww?

    i have via epia m10000 and the boot is realatively quick (i think) hjowever it will not play the video bit of videos at anything watchable. I have yet to put it in my new car so i just use it inside for music. It plays the music without any stuttering, however if i start browsing around windows its slow at loading things as well videos play at less than 5 fps, although the audio is fine.

    i have run disk defrag and it does not really help.

    I have 1 gb of kingston ram, the frame buffer size set to 64Mb and the (graphics memory?) set to 256mb, i have an 80GB toshiba laptop drive.

    pic: could the fan be making it to cold? it keeps the Cpu at prolly a bit below room temp.

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    The electronics of the computer will actually like the cold, although the mechanicals (HDD, opptical drive, fans) will not.

    1) Did you load the Via 4-in-1 drivers immediately after you installed Windoze?
    2) Did you load latest versions of all the drivers, or just the ones that came on the supplied CD?
    3) You don't need 256MB for graphics memory, but with 1GB of RAM that should be OK.
    4) Disable any/all unused devices in the BIOS.
    5) Disable any unnecessary/unneeded services in the Computer Management Console

    Don't expect miracles. It's only a 1ghz CPU.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    are the vids encoded? is the cpu maxing out? i could be that you have a bad / cpu intensive codec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brendan View Post
    ipic: could the fan be making it to cold? it keeps the Cpu at prolly a bit below room temp.
    What kind of magic fan do you have that can cool below ambient temperature?
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    the only vids i have tried so far are Divx files, I do believe i installed everything off the Via disk imediately, although i have not gone looking for updated drivers.

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    Believe me the video works fine once you get the drivers installed. The video drivers that windows installs as default, are crap. They work with showing the screen but not efficiently meaning no video playback.

    Even though you see a picture, make sure you go to the via site and download the S3 Unichrome Blah Blah Blah drivers for your board. YOU MUST DO THIS. Not optional. They come on the disk that came with the computer too, but you must install these. Preferrably just after the installation of windows.
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    i have become completely befudled after reaching this page : http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx...D=1&CatID=1160
    i don't know which one to pick, im using an epia M10000

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Withey View Post
    What kind of magic fan do you have that can cool below ambient temperature?
    Actually, with enough airflow and properly directed you can get below ambient. But I'm more familar with it in turbine engine theory (axial flow compressors mostly). You can have up to a 5 degree temp drop. same theory applies to carburetor icing. has to due with the pressure drop, it's called adiabatic cooling.
    I doubt that a little fan on a computer would be capable of such airflow, but I could be wrong.

    just throwing the info around.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfinterceptor View Post
    Actually, with enough airflow and properly directed you can get below ambient. But I'm more familar with it in turbine engine theory (axial flow compressors mostly). You can have up to a 5 degree temp drop. same theory applies to carburetor icing. has to due with the pressure drop, it's called adiabatic cooling.
    I doubt that a little fan on a computer would be capable of such airflow, but I could be wrong.

    just throwing the info around.

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    I don't know too much about adiabatic cooling, but I know that a little 80mm computer fan cannot do that! We're talking about changing the pressure inside the case!
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    I think you're looking in the wrong places for your answer. I have an M1000 that functions perfectly, I didn't download any drivers for the video card, just the ones loaded off the CD it came with.

    I did, however, have the exact same problem as you. For me it had something to do with the settings of my frontend. I think the problem was with winamp running visualizations or something...basically it was a software problem and with a few configuration tweaks to my frontend it worked perfectly. I'll see if I can dig up the thread that helped me...

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