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2 ghz processor running at 220 mhz

My three-year-old Inspiron 9300 (running XP) has a 2 ghz processor, as shown in the setup screen and in the Control Panel/System Properties/Hardware/Device Manager/Processor listing. Running Belarc Advisor on it on Dec. 26, 2008, showed the processor running at full speed.

When the fans started running continuously and loudly, I opened the machine and cleaned out all the lint that had collected around the fans. After putting the machine back together, I decided to run the utility to restore the computer to factory settings.

In reinstalling software, I found the machine took over an hour to reinstall MS Word 2007 and 45 minutes to install a printer. So I ran Belarc again. Even though the setup screen and the device manager still list the processor as 2 ghz, Belarc now shows it running at 220 mhz.

So since the machine wasn't getting warm on the bottom, I ordered new fans and replaced them, thinking that the cpu fan not running at full speed might make the cpu slow down to protect it from heat buildup. Nothing has changed - still running at 220 mhz and the cpu is 100 percent being used most of the time. Nothing that needs much processor speed will install.

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  • caroltapp Mar 02, 2009

    I'm pretty savvy when it comes to computers, as I taught in the area at the university level before retirement. After the various things I've done (as outlines above), I reset everything in the Setup (Bios) to default. Here're the settings in the Bios:

    Type - Pentium M
    ID - 068D
    Current clock speed - 2.00 ghz
    Minimum clock speed - 800 mhz
    Max clock speed - 2.00 ghz
    Processor cache size - 2048 kb
    Hyperthreading capable - nmo

    The two fans I installed were not new but were reconditioned and guaranteed to work. The bottom of the computer no longer gets hot, as it used to, probably because the processor is not running at full speed.

    Here's an image of the System Properties screen:

  • caroltapp Mar 02, 2009

    Thanks for your possible solution, but yes, I have it set for "Always on." And it doesn't matter whether or not I'm running on AC or DC power. And this is 10 percent of the speed it should run!


  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    When you first turn on the laptop, press the F2 key to go into the BIOS and see what the BIOS says about the processor that it finds and let me know.


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Have you tried right clicking on the desktop (opening Display Properties), clicking on Screen Saver tab, Clicking the Power button, and setting the power schemes to Home/Office Desk? If its set on laptop it will reduce the processor speed when running on battery. I have noticed that even with it plugged in that some times it will run at half processor speed. Try that out.

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Posted on Mar 02, 2009

  • Garrett Murray
    Garrett Murray Mar 02, 2009

    I think the Processor is almost fried.


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