Why a 4300MHz Pentium 4 seems to chug along at 10MHz

The Inquirer has discovered a new kind of Y2K-ish issue:

When we posted the story, "Pentium 4 EE chugs along at 10 MHz" here, we didn’t have any idea what a marvelous thing we had discovered.

But some Max Payne 2 programmers and software engineers sent us a very rational solution.

And it seems that the humble 32-bit operating system has its limits and struggles to show more than approximately 4.295 GHz or, to more precise, int value = 2^32, or 4294967296.