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i recently bought a new motherboard to replace one that had died for my friends uncle. he bought a new computer and decided to give me his old one. this was a good deal for it has 1 gig of ram, nice all in wonder video card and a Athlon XP 2800. Well once I hook everything up and it gets going, install windows and what not.

So i goto My Computer, goto properties to look at the computer name and how fast im going at. To my amazement it says im runing at 1.243 gigahertz:eek: . At first I thought maybe the uncle replaced his cpu for a slower one and kept the good one. So i took out the cpu and looked it up online, which I thought i did already to get the right motherboard, which is hard to find a decent cheap one being Socket A. So I went to AMD site, looked at model number and everything, and I was right, it should be running at 2.083.

:idea: So my question is, why is my processor, AMD Athlon XP 2.083 running at a 1.2 processor speed? I tried looking in bios but was unable to figure it out. I read in another post that someone had the same problem with a laptop, except it was a pentium-m cpu. Im losing 800 Mghz here and Id really love to fix this. Any help would be great.

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Take a look at the trouble-shooting guides for both the motherboard and the cpu. There are fixes for most problems of this nature. It is usually a setting or a pin-out. You may have to spend some time tracking down all the options in the on-line manual, but I suspect it has been operating improperly since it was installed wrong when new.

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srry to leave this open. ITS SOLVED.

someone somewhere else knew exactly what was wrong. Somehow my bios settings were set wrong so I changed a setting or 2 and it now works! Been so long tho i forgot what I changed. But alas its solved!

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yep exactly what i was guna say :) the BIOS can underclock your processor so always make sure to set it at defaults otherwise processor will be underclocked

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