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Armada E500 BIOS reports wrong processor speed

The bios says that it is an 850 mhz processor, but the Intel frequency utility and XP both see it as 700 mhz. So, if automatic stepping is set in the bios, the computer will power itself off when using the AC adapter (battery works fine). If bios is set to disable stepping, everything works fine and it is seen as 700 mhz processor with no stepping. I have tried reseting bios (Fn-F11), but it still sees 850 mhz and powers off with stepping. How can I get the bios to see the processor correctly (I have already flashed the latest bios)?

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  • horkybubba Aug 11, 2008

    Thanks, but already tried that, as originally stated.

  • horkybubba Aug 12, 2008

    Okay, let me be more specific. I have been to the Compaq/HP site and have reviewed ALL downloads related to the E500. If you know of a particular driver, please let me know where to obtain it.

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Check Compaq's support site for any driver or utilities download for the chip set.

Posted on Aug 09, 2008

  • Ryan Rogers
    Ryan Rogers Aug 12, 2008

    You only stated a bios flash. A bios flash and a chip set driver are two different things, don't confuse the two. The chip set driver controls the speed step fot the particular processor.

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