First of all, I want to apologize if my post is in the wrong section. I did my best!
Okay, here's what's going on. Here are the specs that I can provide you with:
Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit) (ACPI x86-based PC)
HP Pavilion dv6000 (HP Pavilion dv6375us Notebook PC)
Intel Centrino Duo (Intel Core 2 | T7200 | 2.00 GHz | Version: 6.0.6000.16386)
Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 (Version: 188.8.131.5243)
I sometimes have problems with my laptop going slowish, or not as fast as I want it to go, anyways. I switched from another laptop, and I do not have to tell you the specs of it to tell you that it is definately not as good as this one. I play a game called "SecondLife" which I can assure you uses a lot of resources, especially at a high graphics setting. I lowered the graphics to what I think is actually very low, but no matter what I do, I still can not reach a good FPS in that game, as others with Nvidia graphics cards do. Along with that, if I have SecondLife (SL) open as well as iTunes (Maximized or Minimized) while playing music, the music becomes choppy. I figured at first it was because of the RAM, so I went and altered the page file size and set it to the max.. didn't do anything for the music or better yet even for my computer.
I recently downloaded a program from MajorGeeks.com called "CPU-Control." It supposedly let's you alter what processes use what Processor. You can set everything to use one, everything to use the other, alternate (each new processes uses the alternate processor), choose which programs use which processor, or turn the controller off. I opened it, and looked at it a bit.. it's a very simple program. I attempted to choose the manual method, which in the screenshot on thier website, depicts a user with the same screen I saw, except they had two boxes, one for Processor 1, and the other for Processor 2. When I tried, though, nothing showed up. This got me to thinking that I may only have one processor, or that only one processor is in use! I read up on many sites through Google to make sure that the sticker on my laptop, saying "Intel Centrino Duo" actually means that I have 2 processors.
What I read pretty much said that I do not have two processors, per-se. From what I understand, I have 1 processor, but it's split into two parts, or something... that there is a difference between a Duo Processor, and actually having 2 processors. As I was gathering the specs above, I wen't into my Computer Managment to check the exact specs of the processor. I noticed that when I expanded the Processors section, it displayed 2 processors. Now I am REALLY confused.
Do I have 2 processors?
Why does the CPU-Control not work for me?
Are there any other programs or methods that I can use to distrubute or monitor the use of the processor(s)?
Thank you in advance.
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