Certain games (Thief and Asheron's Call, to be exact), look sweet and run great, except every 10 or 20 (or 30) seconds, the hard drive gives a little spin and the game stutters..just enough to screw me up. Other games (Delta Force II) do not experience this problem.
I've updated all BIOS's and drivers, moved the hard drive from ATA/66 to ATA/33, removed EVERYTHING from Startup and SysTray, disabled/enabled every setting I could find, turned off overclocking, upgraded to 256MB RAM, but the system still does a little stutter!
I do not have this symptom with my 300@366 Pentium II system. I should have PLENTY of horsepower for what I'm doing....
Anybody else experience this? Is there Celeron specific changes I should make? (disabling internal or external cache...??)
If the game stutters and the disk spins, it would indicate to me that you need more ram (program doesnt fit into ram area and accesses virtual memory) but since you say you upgraded to 256MB, that shouldnt be a problem.
The next thing I would check is your video card drivers, I might try the reference drivers from Nvidia instead of the creative drivers.
The only difference between the P2 and the Cell 466 (if it is slot 1) is the celry
has on-chip L2 cache (128KB)... So there is nothing in your BIOS that should
favor the P2 over the Celeron...You could have a bad Celeron, mabey something
wrong with edge connector etc... Only way to know for sure is try another CPU..
I will double check my Power Settings..pretty sure I turned them all "Off".
Also, I will check my PCI divider..I know I modified my AGP divider while trying to get it to run at higher FSBs, but I do not remember modifying my PCI divider..although I think this SOYO board has some sort of setting to not let you kill the PCI bus...(this should be set to 1/2 for 66FSB and 1/3 for 100FSB, correct?)
I have the solution for you: I have experienced similar problems.
You should change your windows swap file settings.
Go to system setting (windows key + pause/break or system in control panel).
Click on the performance tab, click on virtual memory. Select "let me select my own virtual memory settings", set min to 50, max to amount of ram you have, plus up to 50%. I wouldn't go past 190. Select ok. The system will reboot. No more hard drive flutters.
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