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By rjakosalem ·
I use Windows NT 4 on a dual Pentium 3 500 stand alone computer with 256 MB SDRAM, a Pinnacle-Miro DC50 video capture card attached, 4gig e-ide system hdd, and a 9gig barracuda scsi hdd video. I run Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and After Effects exclusively, no other software is installed. My device drivers are up to date and so is my Nt service pack. But video processing and rendering time is just about the same as a single Pentium 2 300 (my old video setup). It is slower when image filters are applied. I feel shortchanged because this dual processor machine is performing like a single processor machine. I'd like to speed up my render time and get more work done.

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by guy In reply to performance not up to par

You could have a look at Task Manger to see if the Commit Peak is near the Commit Limit. If so then increase the Pagefile (System Icon, Performance Tab).
I would also run Performance Monitor (Administrative Tools) Check the Processor Instances, andsee that both processors are working. Twin processors come into their own if you are running multi-threaded applications. Rendering could be just one thread.

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by rjakosalem In reply to performance not up to par

thanks, but have already done that...

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by dmiles In reply to performance not up to par

This reads as though you have dealt with a used car salesman,it ain't what you thought it would be.The system sounds good and it probaly is running to peak performance with the info you have provided,One the motherboard has to play a part and the EBis the faster processor ,memory is sufficient,yet you have applications that hogs all it can get,starting with NT,and you have graphics software that will demand memory.your best bet will be to tweek the system until you get close to satisfaction.Good Luck

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by rjakosalem In reply to performance not up to par

a little more specific please....

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by Dennis@l In reply to performance not up to par

Another thing to consider is disk fragmentation. I had a simular problem, with simular configuration and 80% resources available, tried everything I could to regain my performance, Norton speedisk and other defragmentation designed for NT. Finallygot it back when I rebuilt the system.

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by rjakosalem In reply to performance not up to par

thanks for the suggestion but my drives are always defragged

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by streetprovenhp In reply to performance not up to par

I would also check your programs to see if there is any special settings for dual processor machines. Some programs auto-detect those things and some you have to tell them exactly what you are using. In Photoshop I would go into the settings and see how much ram it is setup to use.

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by rjakosalem In reply to performance not up to par

thanks, but i have already done that too...

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by DAN_HAMMOCK In reply to performance not up to par

Did you reload NT after you put the second processor in? If not you might check out the MS Knowledge Base article Q142660 (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q142/6/60.asp) "Upgrade from Uni- to Multiprocessor.

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by rjakosalem In reply to performance not up to par

Nt was clean installed with both processors in place...

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