underclocking or CPU frequency scaling

Johnny candj01 at att.net
Sat Mar 17 12:40:34 UTC 2012

On 03/17/2012 07:50 AM, thufir wrote:
> I have an older desktop:
> motherboard:  SiS-661GX
> CPU:          Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.53GHz
> and would like to set a "max" for CPU usage to prevent overheating.
> Generally, it's fine, but for some processes I want to set a sort of
> "nice" so that the CPU doesn't get pegged.  Longer compiles would be fine.
> Frequency scaling and underclocking can only be done through supported
> hardware, generally the BIOS?
> thanks,
> Thufir
Most programs don't come close to maxing out the CPU. You need to worry 
about the temperatures not the CPU usage. You be better off with new 
thermal past for the CPU and maybe a new heat sink and better case air 
flow. What make is the mother board? If not a Dell or etc you could 
under clock it but it is already slow by today's standards.
Good Luck and God Bless Johnny3 65++
PS did you blow out the dust bunnies?

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