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New Features on this Blog

Hi all

I have added a couple of new features to the blog, which can help rate the contents and get the opinion from viewers on every content on this blog.

The first feature is an option to rate the contents of the article. At the bottom of the article, you would see stars as shown below, which can be highlighted based on the ratings you want to provide to the content.

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The second feature will allow the users to provide “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” for the content on the blog. This will allow the users to rate the contents by providing their opinion.

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Expecting to receive the opinion the community on the contents of this blog, so that I can strive to improve further on the contents posted here.

Until next post!

June 20, 2011 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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Kernel Processor Power – Event ID 7

Hi all

Sorry for not posting in a while… Was busy with a lot of personal events in my life… Wedding bells, holidaying etc…

But the day after my vacation, I started facing the worst… My laptop did not boot and I had to re-install the operating system all over again, after backing up all my data. But even then, after the re-installation, I noticed that the system was not performing to its potential.

I had a Dell Latitude D630 laptop with Intel Duo Core processor and 4 GB memory. And still with just the operating system installed, the CPU always peaked at 100% utilization most of the time (almost all the time, I should say). I tried running all the utilities to optimize the system like Defragmentation, Disk Check Utility, Disk Cleanup, Registry Cleanup, Registry Defragmentation etc, but still to no avail.

It was then that I checked the event viewer to see if something strange was recorded and I noticed these messages as warnings on the Event Viewer.

"The speed of processor 0 is being limited by system firmware. The processor has been in this reduced performance state for 71 seconds since the last report."
"The speed of processor 1 is being limited by system firmware. The processor has been in this reduced performance state for 71 seconds since the last report."

<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
<System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Processor-Power" Guid="{xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx}" />
<EventID>7</EventID>
<Version>0</Version>
<Level>3</Level>
<Task>0</Task>
<Opcode>0</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8000000000000000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-04-18 T01:13:03.793Z" />
<EventRecordID>13812</EventRecordID>
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="4" ThreadID="52" />
<Channel>System</Channel>
<Computer>XXXXXXXX</Computer>
<Security UserID="X-X-X-X" />
</System>
<EventData>
<Data Name="Processor">0</Data>
<Data Name="CapDurationInSeconds">71</Data>
<Data Name="PpcChanges">1</Data>
<Data Name="TpcChanges">0</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>

Upon googling, may articles talked of checking the hard disk for bad sectors etc., but I had a feeling that the CPU’s performance might be affected by over heating too.. But there should been a CPU fan which acts as a coolant for the CPU. And then on checking the CPU fan status, I noticed that it did not work. And then I realized that because of this, the CPU gets overheated and runs at a degraded performance.

This is the utility to check the status of the fan, CPU, GPU, memory etc., and the temperature of these devices. However, this device is primarily for DELL Inspiron/Latitude/Precision laptops.

http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/index.html

I called up the DELL customer support and had the fan replaced and my system started to work as normal and the CPU now shows a utilization of about 2% with just the operating system (wow…what a difference the fan makes). I decided to post this article immediately so that it will assist many of you folks who have been facing this problem without having an idea to the root cause for the problem. Smile

Until next post!

April 23, 2011 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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