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Pentium 4 computer on wooden wheels

This morning, I was having a conversation with my sister via instant messaging using Pidgin (I wish Pidgin would have support for webcams). She was telling something about how slow her computer was and whether she could make some tweaks to make it faster.

She was a light computer user who uses it just for open office and a lot of Internet browsing. So I asked her to check the specs of her new computer.

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Windows XP eats a lot of CPU even when idle

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I’ve read a lot about Windows taking up a CPU resources even when it’s idle but I never really got to experience it first hand or never bothered looking into it. I’ve been using my new Compaq Presario notebook installed with Ubuntu for several weeks now. After installing Ubuntu I suddenly realized that I still need the Nokia PC suite and it runs only on Windows (Nokia will you please port the Nokia PC Suite to Linux, thank you.)

So, what did I do? I had to install my Windows XP on a VirtualBox machine under Linux. After installing Sun’s VirtualBox virtualization software, I configured a virtual machine with enough resources (1GB of memory …) for my Windows XP. The installation went fine and I was able to install Nokia’s PC Suite successfully too.

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