Expiring Today—Celebrate National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17


Has the system clocking speed been changed - Has this system been made to boot up faster overworking the processor

Posted on 2004-09-19
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
This system freezes at the desktop.  System flash screen reads: MAIN PROCESSOR: Pentium III 1000MHZ (133x7.5) MEMORY TESTING: 18368k ok 8192K Shared Memory DRAM Clk: 133 MHZ.  after this system runs through what seems the regular memory it has this shared memory which i have never seen before.  What is this shared memory? Has the system clocking been changed to makes this system run at a faster rate.  Therefore, overworking the processor? if so how can i cange this?  This system hard drive will work in another system.  I need to fix this hardware so I can return this system. HELP
Question by:JuaritaMoore
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

Wakeup earned 800 total points
ID: 12098767
Well if the system is truely a 1ghz PIII, 133*7.5 is the right clock speed for your processor.

Your built in video card is taking 8mb of ram for video seems like....so that is what the shared memory thing is.  And your memory is running at 133mhz...so should be fine, unless the setup is supposed to run at 100mhz.....in order to find that out you will either need the specs of your board, cpu and ram.  Or the motherboard manual may state the correct timings and speed etc.
LVL 18

Expert Comment

ID: 12098782
Give us a little more info on your system.

You may also test the ram:

see if it is a ram problem.
other than that, it is possible it is an overheating problem or maybe even a bad processor, or your voltage rails on your Power supply could be weak etc.


Expert Comment

ID: 12106305
There is something wrong in your post


MEMORY TESTING: 18368k ok 8192K Shared Memory DRAM Clk: 133 MHZ.

that means you have 26 Mb ram installed, if the 18368k is true you definately have a faulty ram stick, but maybe you just missed a digit ?

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.


Author Comment

ID: 12109188
Very good observation stockhes, this system is giving different readings.  It read 18368 when i posted this problem.  However, when i went to check my entry it now reads 24676K.  Uhmm.  Thanks Wakeup, for the And thanks Wakeup for the information on shared Memory... also the link to memory testing.  With both of your thoughts i truly believe I have a bad motherboard.  The unusual reading and the memory testing turning out OK.   After both factors in place i took a better look at the motherboard.  This question will be split.

Author Comment

ID: 12109191
I hope I am on the right track.  

Author Comment

ID: 12109193
What do you guys think?
LVL 18

Expert Comment

ID: 12109334
I think you are on the right track.  Do you know how much memory you are SUPPOSED to have?

Do you have more than one stick of ram?  If so, try taking one out...see if the readings are any different or if you are producing the same problems etc.


Assisted Solution

stockhes earned 1200 total points
ID: 12115474
Even if the figures dont match It could be because of Built video not is being detected properly, but i really don't think thats the issue.

But I do not believe a system with your specs should only have 24MB ram

Normally if ram is presented in Kilo's you have to divide by 1024 to get the MB figure and none of your figures makes sense

You are able to get into BIOS i suppose, have you tried failsafe settings ?

If your OS is anything else than win95 i suppose it will not boot at all with that amount of ram

A lot of these Motherboards for intels 550 to 900 Mhz have bad capacitors on the Motherboard and depending on which ones are bad it could give these symptoms

Have you actually opened the case ?

Click on the pictures to see how bad capacitors look like


Author Comment

ID: 12166531
Hi... Guys i finally got these systems back on line... it was the bad caps coverage that really helped.  I replaced the motherboards on both systems.  They are running like champs

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

How can this article save you time AND money?  In just a few minutes you may discover something you didn't know existed that is easy enough for you to fix yourself!
Skype is a P2P (Peer to Peer) instant messaging and VOIP (Voice over IP) service – as well as a whole lot more.
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
Want to learn how to record your desktop screen without having to use an outside camera. Click on this video and learn how to use the cool google extension called "Screencastify"! Step 1: Open a new google tab Step 2: Go to the left hand upper corn…

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question