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    CPU Running Below Capacity?

    Hi, I've used Lubuntu for a while, since I've got an older laptop. It's a Gateway MX7515 with a Mobile AMD Athlon 64 Processor 4000+
    Anyway, when I start up the computer and open the System Profiler and Benchmark, it shows that the processor is running at 2.6GHz, but after a couple minutes it shows that it's running at 800MHz.
    That seems exceedingly slow compared to what it shows upon startup.
    I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to make it work faster?
    I'm pretty much a Linux noob, so whatever you tell me try to put it in laymen's terms, please.
    Last edited by bshatt1987; April 4th, 2014 at 08:47 PM.

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    Re: CPU Running Below Capacity?

    Usually, CPUs scale down their frequencies when idle or not under load to save power and reduce heat and fan noise. It's a useful feature, but if you wich to scale yours up, try installing the indicator-cpufreq package. Here's how it works.

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    Re: CPU Running Below Capacity?

    Okay, I'll give that a shot, thanks.

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