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I bought podium and have been eplaying with it and reading the message boards I am comvinced there is soemthing wrong.  I am runnning SU 5 and Podium 1.4.1. My specs are a Pentium D (dual-core) 3 ghz, 2 GB RAM, anf geforce 6800. I downloaded the grand master spped test to prove my theory and it took 9 min 59 sec to render. WTF? I was running vista and decided that may be the problem so i formated and went back to XP. Still same problem.  Any ideas or suggestions? I ran it on my laptome 1.6 ghz centrino 512 ram and it was like half the time.  What is the deal.  Sorry for such a crabby first post, this is so frustrating.
Thanks for all your help so far from looking around this forum.
Hope some can help,
Scott
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Forget dual core and multi-threading for the moment. They are not supported - yet. You can also forget the graphics card and RAM also I believe.
 
These things alone don't explain the difference in speed between the 2 versions. Have you had a look at the processes running with Task Manager?
 
When I find that my machine is running slowly, it can be the case (it has been for me at least) that something else is going on at the same time. On more than 1 occasion I have found that the system is running a complete virus scan!
 
As you have reformatted and gone back to XP, that would suggest that you know how to look at the list of processes currently running. Rather sadly, I now recognise what processes should be running most of the time...
 
For the benefit of everyone else though, you can Ctrl-Alt-Del to slect Task manager, or just right click on an empty part of the taskbar or the clock in the status bar area normally in the bottom right hand side of the screen, and select it from the pop-up menu.
 
You can check all sorts of things. Apart from CPU activity, you can check on disk reads and writes. These things will tell you what your PC is actually doing when it is supposed to be doing nothing, or more importantly, rendering! 

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Yeah, I checked that I closed all process' that arent critical.  The cpu says it is doing 50% which is the most i can due without suppporting multi-processors. ahhhhhhhh i hate this.
thanks for the idea though,
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If you can, try posting the file here on the forum. I'm sure some of the guys will take it and render it on their machines and post the results. Maybe there is something in the file that's causing it to render slowly..
 
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I am refering to the grand master spped test in the forum as the file.  BUt here it is. What is wrong????


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Oh...sorry..I thought you were referring to a specific .skp that you created that was rendering slowly. So you are saying that no matter what your machine is rendering slowly?


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I also believe my renders are too slow. I know I've made some errors in designs that can add time but it is the grandmaster speed test that I'm basing my conclusion on. 7 minutes was my time. About double what others get. I have a couple questions about dual core. Mine is a 2ghz core 2 duo. Does that mean it has two 1ghz processors or two 2ghz processors? I've looked at the task manager and when I'm rendering it shows me using about 50%. Does that mean it is using 100% of one processor?
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Limelight it means you have 2x2GHz but it does not make it speed of 4 if this make sense and 50% means 1 processor is employed.

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Thanks Sepo, yes it does make sense. Another question. this is my first pc. Is a 2ghz a decent speed in this day and age?
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Is that laptop or desktop? For laptop it is middle range for desktop it would be on slow side.

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Yeh I don't understand why it stops at 50%.  I have dual core AMD processor and when rendering it goes all the way up to 100%.  On the task manager on performance there are two graphs that then both shoot up to max.  If this is not your case you may need to install some more software.  i had some AMD software, I downloaded it for mine to use windows more efficently.

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jonnyh, thanks for the tip. Any idea what to look for as far as software? I have a intel dual core.
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