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« on: September 23, 2004, 05:17:09 PM »

Operating System Version: win xp pro sp2
Problem Application Name & Version: n/a
Problem Hardware Make & Model: Insipron 8100 notebook
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I'm having a strange issue and - GASP - the entirely useless Dell tech support is absolutely no help. Sigh.

Anyway, I'm finding that when I open the system properites or run a cpu test the processor is running at 788Mhz, even though its a 1.4 machine. I went into the bios and turned off speed stepping and that didn't do anything. Even where the most resource hogging programs are running the processor speed never increases. I reinstalled windows and it does the same thing on a clean install (I did an fdisk when reinstalling).

Any suggestions??


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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2004, 07:04:23 PM »

You can reinstall Windows until you see blue in the face, but that won't increase your processor speed. The one place where you set your CPU speed, is in the BIOS. By setting the correct Front Side Bus (FSB) speed and the correct multiplier for your CPU.

You have a Pentium 3 CPU, you say at 1400 Megahertz (1.4GHz). According to Intel's site, the CPU in there doesn't go above 1.33GHz though.

So you either set your FSB to 100MHz and your multiplier to 14, or you set your FSB to 133MHz and your multiplier to 10.5 or 11. Save changes in the BIOS and you should have the correct CPU speed.

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