Here's our patient (a 2003? HP), which was recently moved into a nice thermaltake case.
You can already see the basic problem in these two pictures. I am running a 32-bit windows 7 system with a 64-bit 2.2ghz processor and am only getting ~1.0ghz out of it. There's a list of things that have happened since the computer was moved from it's shipping-damaged HP case:
- None of the core components were changed. Mboard, processor, ram, video/audio card, harddrive, power supply, drives/burner, nothing.
- The thermaltake case had the original two case fans in it that had never been swapped.
- I, opting for something more colorful, swapped the two blue led case fans with multicolor led ones of the same size. (voltage unclear)
- As far as i remember, everything worked perfectly until I swapped the processor fan with an LED-equiped fan. This is when I started to encounter a "system fan error" before windows booted.
- Even after I replaced the processor fan with the original, I still encountered the system fan error. Just today, I replaced the original case fans; no system error screen now.
This is all great and dandy, but I just noticed that my processor is running at half capacity. I'm fairly sure it wasn't running this way before the case move/fan swapping. I have a friend that thinks a BIOS flash would correct any problems; he thinks that swapping fans messed with the BIOS a bit too much. Problem is,
There seem to be no BIOS updates out there for this motherboard. This link is of interest, though:
MSI Support BIOS Update
Perhaps I could return the motherboard to a manufacturer's BIOS, rather than the "user friendly" BIOS that HP puts on there.
Thrown in with the case change/fan swapping, there's also the fact that I went from windows xp, to 64-bit 7, then to 32-bit 7. I've lost track of when all these occured, but I know they all have.
Opinions, advice, and comments would be greatly appreciated. Yes, I know I need a new(er) computer, and I'm working on trading this intel i7 extreme I won at a gaming convention for an mboard with ram.