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BIOS DISPLAYING INCORRECT CPU SPEED

Just upgraded cpu, bought the amd athlon xp 3000+ with front side bus 333mhz. My board is the VIA Apollo KT400 series Socket A which supports the FSB with this processor, my problem is that when the computer starts, the speed is displaying 2800. I altered the jumpers on my board for the cpu clock to 166mhz which is what it's supposed to be and is showing this correct in the CMOS setup utility. Also in CMOS the processor speed is correct, reading 2167 but when computer boots, the speed is displaying 2800+ when it's supposed to be 3000+ I've been told that the motherboard's bios doesn't recognize the processor and that I should upgrade the bios. Is this correct, if so, how do I do this?

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  • EMMA COLEMAN Sep 05, 2007

    Hi Benimur,

    Thank you for your help but I'm afraid I've had no luck trying to upgrade the bios so I can't tell you that the problem has been solved.

    The cpu is not displayed correctly in system properties, it's showing 2800+ not 3000+ so it can't be running at it's correct speed.

    I went to the website of my motherboard manufacturer(soltek) but it doesn't appear to exist anymore, it just came up with a list of other websites. Although, I found another website (www.esupport.com) that does bios upgrades which scanned and identified an update for my board's bios. Unfortunately, it wasn't free and had to pay £15 for it.

    I'm not sure if I followed the instructions correctly, as I boot my system from the disk created but it is failing to install. I must have messed up somewhere. I have tried contacting esupport for help but they have not yet responded to my email. They did say in a previous email that the update should solve my problem but until I see it for myself I can't say.

    Thanks again for your help.

  • EMMA COLEMAN Sep 10, 2007

    Unfortunately due to the fact that I have been unsuccessful in updating the bios I have requested a refund from esupport who provided me with the update.

    I've been told I may have a faulty bios chip as I keep getting error messages that are to do with whatever is preventing me from updating so I've decided to stick to the original cpu, I least I know it will display the correct speed and I don't need to update bios. It's less hassle.

    Thank you for your help, it's much appreciated.

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Hi, I have to agree "...that the motherboard's bios doesn't recognize the processor and that I should upgrade the bios...". Though I think that this is only a display issue and not necessarily true CPU speed. You can check if the correct CPU is displayed inside Windows by right click on My Computer and details would be shown in the System Properties. To upgrade the BIOS: 1. Determine/log your current BIOS and its date by pressing Pause on initial boot when motherboard details are shown; 2. Continue booting by pressing escape and run your Windows normally. Go to the website of your motherboard manufacturer and verify if they have an updated BIOS (compare date of release). If an updated BIOS is available, download. Likewise download the flashing utility. Further instructions are also available on a step by step procedure. Some newer mb versions/models have a Window based update feature. Check if you have such. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things are or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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