Anyway, here's the story.
I am unfortunately the owner of a compaq presario 2500 notebook, This machine was reasonably ok when I bought it 2 years ago, however its performance has become noticably slower as time marches on.
Also only 1 of the 3 fans seem to function and the exhaust air is extremely hot, CPU temp is up around 60 degrees very quickly.
Another thing that I have just noticed is that my system clock seems to have lost 5 minutes.
I have reinstalled XP more times than I care to mention, I have installed minimal software, and making sure that the bare essentials become active after booting by editing the startup via msconfig.
I have reflashed the bios using both winflash and rompaq utils.
After reflashing the bios in whichever fashion the system will run moderately faster until the next boot up.
Will changing the motherboard battery help?
768 MB RAM
P.S. I did read the forum regarding hp/compaq bios flash probs
any ideas would be greatly appreciated, Thanks guys