A couple of weeks ago when i ran my 8600c on battery, speedswtich xp could make the CPU work below 599 mhz (jumping between 20-100 mhz) when it was on max battery-saving mode and no load on the CPU.
Today, it wont, it...
my fan runs alot with sp2 (havent tried with sp1 though), it even runs sometimes when playing mp3's (using speedswitch xp and dynamic switching on DC)
I have the 8600c with PM 1.6, 2x256, Radeon 9600, 60 gb 5400rpm, samsung wsxga
paradigm! if the cd boots, but the firmware-update doesnt start automatically: go to d: (your cd-drive), and then type "autoexec.bat"
that will make the firmware-update program to start. I hade to do it this way.