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Windows 7: Mysterious Win 7 Pro 64 Slowdown - Maybe Underclocking Itself?

10 Apr 2017   #51
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Hi Folks. I contact MSI RMA this afternoon and amazingly I got right in. I spoke with ‘Henry,’ who was very pleasant and seemed willing to help. In short he said it was most likely the motherboard but could also be the CPU. After discussing what has already been done, he wants me to try 1) remove: all power leads to the motherboard; all RAM; the battery, and then wait at least 1/2 hour before putting it back together to see if it works. 2) and if it doesn’t, remove and reseat the CPU.

I doubt 100% the CPU is the fault. I’m 99.9% sure, as everything above points to, it’s the motherboard. I will try as they ask so I can say I did, but I don’t have much faith that’ll work. My problem here is even if they RMA the motherboard, I’ll be without my computer for probably 3-4 weeks. Not acceptable; I can’t be without it that long. So I asked if I could simply buy another from them and get a refund after this one is RMA’ed, and he said no. I can only assume that is as it might just be a simple repair for them.

So now (if the remaining tips above and from MSI don’t work) I’m facing buying a motherboard from Newegg or somewhere, then RMAing this one. Decisions, decisions…
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10 Apr 2017   #52
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
"Since I haven’t touched the Slow switch, I’m thinking it may be its related circuitry, or maybe something else wrong with the motherboard; a cracked trace somewhere?"

Slow mode works by forcing thermal throttling to an ON state and making the system believe its overheating, so this new information reinforces that you are somehow being forced into slow mode no matter what you do with bios settings. But how is that happening? The fact that this happens even when you don't touch the switch, plus the fact that the switch sometimes does indeed have an impact, is exactly why I think the switch is the nexus of the problem and must be faulty. Now the issue might have nothing to do with the switch because its really due to a bad trace on the board, but in that case you would expect the slow mode switch to have no impact at all. Did you learn anything from the MSI forum posts?
Hi johnhoh. Yes, I read thru the links, thanks. The first one is the same problem, but refers to different motherboards. I also don’t have an LED that lights up when the Slow switch is in Slow mode. In the second one, the OP asks, “Try both and post your results. Should be interesting to get a trend.” I might just do that.

The 3rd link did have something to try that I haven’t yet (I sure hope I didn’t miss it if it was above!) and that is to start in Safe Mode. Like that poster, yes it runs full speed in Safe Mode. That poster’s problem was only solved with a new motherboard, though.

No new tips in link 4. Link 5 was interesting in that, besides having the same problem, but also the OP’s system specs are very close to mine. I noted what the ‘Global Moderator’ said:

“It's a somewhat known issue.....
…snip...”

What I find interesting with that is the Customer Support tech I spoke with today, while not directly said, seemed to be unaware of the Slow problem with this particular motherboard. I told him it was mentioned by a moderator that it’s a known issue.

And in the last link, I can’t try the tip, “Maybe try to manually overclock it like this: Put CPU Ratio to 45” as all I have is ‘Auto’ for the CPU ratio. Any ideas on how to allow me to set it to manual? I wouldn’t try more than 42.
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10 Apr 2017   #53
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
A few pages back you tried disabling thermal throttling in bios but it had no effect. However there is a program called throttlestop, which might be something to check out. Caveat - using this program eliminates thermal throttling, which is something that protects your system from overheating. Probably not an issue, but have to point it out.

Download ThrottleStop | techPowerUp
Thanks for the link, johnhoh. I D/Led last night and looked at the HTML help file. I was so dang tired I didn’t understand anything in it… Sorry, today was also a long and hectic day, but I do want to give it a go after I try again to figure out how to use it.
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10 Apr 2017   #54
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
you know, what if that funky power led light is a cause of problems instead of an effect? Probably a good idea to try unplugging it from your motherboard and rebooting. We're assuming it went out because of the motherboard, but its also possible it is shorting out on its own and that short is affecting the motherboard.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
johnhoh I like that line of thought. You could of hit on something.

TDKMate exactly what case/tower are you using.

Jack
Very interesting. And yes, I’ll give it a shot tomorrow and see what happens.

The case is a Thermaltake Soprano ‘Snow Edition.’ I love it.
http://www.thermaltake.com/products-...?id=C_00001919
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10 Apr 2017   #55
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

three things that may have you stuck in auto mode for overclocking and unable to change it

- slow mode may just disable overclocking altogether, or

- you may not be physically navigating bios correctly. I had an MSI uefi bios board once and iirc you had to first click the field, and then after that type on the keyboard, in order to change some bios entries. Or maybe some fields were adjustable with the mouse but on others the mouse did nothing, you needed the keyboard for those. It was not real intuitive. So try the mouse, the enter key, the arrow keys and the letters and numbers before concluding a field is not adjustable. or,

- you may need to be in expert mode to make manual clock changes. Your user manual should have an OC section that describes this.
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11 Apr 2017   #56
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
three things that may have you stuck in auto mode for overclocking and unable to change it

- slow mode may just disable overclocking altogether, or

- you may not be physically navigating bios correctly. I had an MSI uefi bios board once and iirc you had to first click the field, and then after that type on the keyboard, in order to change some bios entries. Or maybe some fields were adjustable with the mouse but on others the mouse did nothing, you needed the keyboard for those. It was not real intuitive. So try the mouse, the enter key, the arrow keys and the letters and numbers before concluding a field is not adjustable. or,

- you may need to be in expert mode to make manual clock changes. Your user manual should have an OC section that describes this.
Hi johnhoh. I went right into Expert mode and the Enter key trick worked. I set the CPU ratio to 42, rebooted, no difference.

I went back into BIOS and set the CPU Ratio Mode from Dynamic to Fixed. Rebooted, and again no change: it was still running at 800 MHz across the board in HWiNFO64.

I kind of had hopes this would work…

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
A few pages back you tried disabling thermal throttling in bios but it had no effect. However there is a program called throttlestop, which might be something to check out. Caveat - using this program eliminates thermal throttling, which is something that protects your system from overheating. Probably not an issue, but have to point it out.

Download ThrottleStop | techPowerUp
I’m glad I admit I’m not too bright on this stuff, LOL. I went thru the HTML help file and still didn’t get it, so I watched a couple of YouTube videos on it. Still pretty clueless, but I fired it up anyway. I might be missing something but I still couldn’t get this box off of 800 MHz. I played with only a couple of settings but nothing changed.

Screenshots below.


I should have time today to experiment with the front panel header and other things...

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11 Apr 2017   #57
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

I would try unchecking bd prochot, then save. If that does not work, then uncheck both bd prochot and intel speedstep, then save.

If this works, and you want it to run automatically at startup, here's how to do so:

The ThrottleStop Guide | Page 514 | NotebookReview

I saw in the bios mod forum at MSI that someone has a modified bios where you can disable throttling in bios and it seems to work for people with your problem. Would not recommend that though, as flashing with a hacked bios is a pretty extreme area, probably a little too "out there" for your situation.
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12 Apr 2017   #58
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
I would try unchecking bd prochot, then save. If that does not work, then uncheck both bd prochot and intel speedstep, then save.

If this works, and you want it to run automatically at startup, here's how to do so:

The ThrottleStop Guide | Page 514 | NotebookReview

I saw in the bios mod forum at MSI that someone has a modified bios where you can disable throttling in bios and it seems to work for people with your problem. Would not recommend that though, as flashing with a hacked bios is a pretty extreme area, probably a little too "out there" for your situation.
What a nice little work-around, johnhoh, thanks! Unchecking bd prochot did the trick; no need to mess with the speed step setting.

I rebooted a couple of times and would indeed have to run Throttle Stop each time. So I followed the tip in your link and added a Task as described there. I’ve never set up a Task before but things went smoothly, as confirmed by a couple more reboots.

All I can say is, oh-what-a-joy it is to be running at full speed again. Thanks again.

On an aside, now that I know what EIST and ‘power saving’ is, is there any way to get that back/enabled and still use Throttle Stop? Currently that option in Power Options is not available.
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12 Apr 2017   #59
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

I can’t express what a pleasure it is to be running ‘fast’ again. This is definitely a success. And I give a big thank you to All that helped. It is definitely well appreciated.

I’m not sure what the next step is, though. Any opinions and or guidance would be helpful.

Do I just run it ‘as is’ now that I’m running at 4.2 GHz and happy? (But then summer is coming and having this thing throttle down at idle now seems like a good idea, heat wise.)

Do I buy a replacement motherboard and hope it fixes the problem, then RMA this one, winding up with two motherboards? This is not really in the budget, but I could pull it off. My thinking here is that, at least in theory, it would be a proper fix… or, if it’s still a rev 1.0 motherboard, do I get the problem back again? (at least I’d have a spare board, LOL)

And I wonder if I’d have to go thru the hoop of re-registering Windows and any other software that is hardware based…

Any ideas or options…?
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12 Apr 2017   #60
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I suggest monitoring your temps closely.

Jack
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