Question about Gateway MX6438 Notebook
I installed a Kingston pc2700 512 MB 333Mhz ram chip to my laptop. That is the same kind that Gateway recomends for my MX6433. The ram is recognized but in system properties it says that my processor speed is 795 Mhz (1/2 speed) instead of 1.59 Ghz without the chip. I pulled the chip out and machine is back to normal. Is the ram not compatable or did I do something wrong? Thanks. for any help you can give me.
Hello Brian -
Is the new RAM you installed the same as what you took out? Are they both PC2700?
Is your laptop running on battery when you're testing to make sure you CPU speed is accurate? The laptop usually ramps down the CPU speed if it is being run off of just battery. Plug it in if this was the case.
Also, the Gateway and eMachines laptops I have encountered have all been notorious for displaying the incorrect CPU speed at times.
I would suggest putting your new RAM in, make sure the laptop is plugged in, and boot it up. This time, let it idle for about 10 minutes and then check your CPU speed to see if it has updated correctly.
Posted on Nov 28, 2007
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