How to make sure the right GHZ speed is displayed for your CPU

Question

Hi,

I've recently built my own computer with an AMD Athlon 3200+. However, my computer shows it as 1.4GHz when it should be about 2.5GHz. I've tried changing the jumpers but then the computer doesnt start. Please help

Answer

This question was answered on April 14, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There can be a couple of reasons that your computer does not recognize your CPU correctly First a processor may be incorrectly identified by the system if the motherboard does not support the processor, or if the BIOS is outdated.

To ensure reliable operation, the AMD Athlon™ XP processor should be used in conjunction with a motherboard that has been evaluated by AMD for the AMD Athlon XP processor A quick check on the AMD website will help to see if your motherboard is compatible with your processor.

If an appropriate motherboard is being used and the processor is incorrectly identified by the motherboard, the BIOS may be outdated This may be resolved by updating, or "flashing", the BIOS, if the motherboard manufacturer has provided an updated BIOS The process of flashing the BIOS may vary from motherboard to motherboard, so it is important that information on BIOS updates and instructions be obtained from the manufacturer of the motherboard BIOS updates are motherboard make, model, and revision specific, and often require special flashing utilities from the motherboard manufacturer

Beware Note: Flashing the BIOS with the wrong update, or failure to follow the motherboard manufacturer's instructions can permanently disable the motherboard!

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Posted by Ronald of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 14, 2005