HP Pavilion zv5000 AMD 3000+ XP-M processor questions

Hello, since purchasing my HP Pavilion zv5000 notebook (WinXP [prof] SP2 - all windows updates applied as of 12/1/04), I have always felt that the performance was dragging, ALLOT! :) There is one thing that I have noticed that doesn't seem right to me, but I have never owned this processor before, so I wanted to ask some questions.

I notice that when I right click on 'my computer', and go to 'Properties', the processor speed is diplayed as XP3000+ (797 mhz). Is this right? Or should this say something like 3000+ (1.4ghz)?

Under device manager, there is only one component with the yellow question mark above it, and it is for the "Base System Device", but there aren't anyother destiguishable details about this device. Consequently I can not seem to find any drivers for it. When you search windows update, it of course can't find any drivers for that device, whatever it is.

Any pointers regarding performance issues that someone else may have also experienced with these new HP Pavilion xxxxxxx laptop / notbooks, would be greatly appreciated.

-Matt V
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j8vyAuthor Commented:
Oh yeah, as for the rest of the specs:

Processor: AMD XP-M 3000+
RAM: 512k PC2100
HDD: 60g (speed unk)
DVD player/CD-RW: 20/32/20
17" widescreen monitor
Onboard NIC/ Agre Systems Modem
Parallel port, 3USB ports 2PCMCIA slots
Realtek NIC 10/100 (Wired) & Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Video: NVIDIA GeForce4 420 32m / AGP 4x (w/ DirectX 9.0) w/ SVideo Out

P.S. Yes, I already downloaded the processor driver from the HP suport & drivers website :)

P.P.S. I reloaded the computer last night, and the performance was improved pretty drastically, but I think that it was mostly related to a now clean registry (bad spyware problem before, but now I have S&D and AOL spyware cleaner running everynight) and maybe a bad sector on the hard drive that was in use has now been marked as bad during the reload/format, so I think that helped too. However, the processor issue is still there!

Thanks again.

Windows XP automatically slows down the CPU when it's not being used too heavily. Your machine should have a utility to disable that feature.

You can also try the "Always On" power scheme.
j8vyAuthor Commented:
I agree, and I have ajusted all 'Power Option' under control panel, but what I am asking, "Is that the correct speed for the processor?"

It just seems to me that it should be faster than 797mhz. Maybe I am wrong, and just feeling stupid for buying this damn AMD?!? :)

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According to this page: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?dlc=en&lc=en&product=385148&lang=en&cc=us&docname=c00263330

Your CPU should be running at 1600MHz when at full speed. 800MHz would be half, so your system appears to be running pretty slow, which is actually completely normal with Windows XP.
j8vyAuthor Commented:
Damn them MS people I say :) :) Well, now I must ask, what can we do about this?

Is this an issue that is known on laptops? Because my desktop running XP prof doesn't experience this issue, but it is also a P4 3.0ghz, and that probably makes the difference.

What do you think? Maybe I should just ship the damn thing back? Maybe there is something that could be changed in the bios if I flashed (upgraded) it? Shipping it back will take forever!

Thanks again.
See this site on how to get your speed back to its designed speed, and reasons on why you won't want to keep it there.


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j8vyAuthor Commented:
Thanks my man!!! :)
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