XP detects wrong processor, RAM, etc...


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rosinscj

I have a custom built PC with the following harware:

American Megatrends motherboard
SiS chipset (According to device manager)
2.8 Ghz processor

XP Pro detects the processor as a 850 Mhz AMD Mobile. Also the XP
detects approx. 228 MB worth of RAM, however there is atleast 512 MB.

The BIOS however does recongize the processor as 2800 MHZ. I'm totally
at a lost.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 
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Christopher Range

I have a custom built PC with the following harware:

American Megatrends motherboard
SiS chipset (According to device manager)
2.8 Ghz processor

XP Pro detects the processor as a 850 Mhz AMD Mobile. Also the XP
detects approx. 228 MB worth of RAM, however there is atleast 512 MB.

The BIOS however does recongize the processor as 2800 MHZ. I'm totally
at a lost.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Try seeing if the RAM stick is all the way in the slot.
 
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SteveH

I have a custom built PC with the following harware:

American Megatrends motherboard
SiS chipset (According to device manager)
2.8 Ghz processor

XP Pro detects the processor as a 850 Mhz AMD Mobile. Also the XP
detects approx. 228 MB worth of RAM, however there is atleast 512 MB.

The BIOS however does recongize the processor as 2800 MHZ. I'm totally
at a lost.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
American Megatrends make the BIOS, not the motherboard.
If the CPU is an AMD mobile, its unlikely to be 2.8Ghz because (and I could
be talking bollocks here) as far as I know they don't make a 2.8Ghz mobile
CPU, an XP 2800 yes, but thats not 2.8Gig.
As far as the memory goes, are you sure half of it isn't being taken up with
onboard graphics?
I would get a copy or Everest or Belarc Advisor on you PC and see what that
says.

SteveH
 
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DustWolf

(e-mail address removed) je napisal:
I have a custom built PC with the following harware:

American Megatrends motherboard

That'd be the BIOS. What's the motherboard? Open the box and look
inside, unless that breaks a warranty.
SiS chipset (According to device manager)

Prolly accurate.
2.8 Ghz processor

Of what kind? An AMD 2800+ (if there is such a thing) is not running at
2.8 GHz.
XP Pro detects the processor as a 850 Mhz AMD Mobile.

It finds an AMD Mobile in a PC? Is this PC a PC as in desktop or is it
a laptop?
Also the XP
detects approx. 228 MB worth of RAM, however there is atleast 512 MB.

The memory might be bad, but I find this somewhat unlikely.

Tho I suggest you use, start > run > "dxdiag". Once the progress bar
finnishes, you will get more accurate information about your hardware.
If you don't see what you're supposed to and you are sure you are
looking at the right numbers, then the hardware is not what you think
you brought.

Let us know what does DxDiag display as your hardware.
The BIOS however does recongize the processor as 2800 MHZ. I'm totally
at a lost.

Could it be a 850 MHz AMD running at 2.8 GHz?
 
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spodosaurus

DustWolf said:
Could it be a 850 MHz AMD running at 2.8 GHz?

Not unless it's surrounded by liquid nitrogen :)



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Larry Roberts

I have a custom built PC with the following harware:

American Megatrends motherboard
SiS chipset (According to device manager)
2.8 Ghz processor

XP Pro detects the processor as a 850 Mhz AMD Mobile. Also the XP
detects approx. 228 MB worth of RAM, however there is atleast 512 MB.

The BIOS however does recongize the processor as 2800 MHZ. I'm totally
at a lost.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.


American Megatrends Inc (AMI) is the BIOS maker, and not the
chipset, or mainboard manufacturer.
If you have an onboard graphics chip for video, then it is
using some of your RAM, but I'm not sure of any AthlonXP era
mainboards that had onboard graphics using more than 64MB of RAM. It
seems that maybe the mainboard needs a BIOS update. You would have to
find out your mainboard's manufacturer, and model to see if there is
an available BIOS update.
 
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SLeagle328

Sorry for the confusion.

The motherboard is made by Mercury

Processor is not a mobile one, it is a desktop processor.


Is there anyway to tell physically what processor is in the PC?

I will run dxdiag later and post results.

Thanks
 
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Johanna

Hi!
Unlike manu of the other people in this newsgroup I am not a hardware
pro... However I can answer this one for you:
(Anything to get a break from cleaning the house! :)
Yes, there is a (very small) print on the processor to say what spec it is.
But in order to read that engraving, you'd have to take out the
processor from underneath the fan and the clip!
There are lots of software tools in the PC that will give you this
information though!
The WinXP Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Device Manager
will tell you this
Freeware tools downloadable from the web will give you more detailed
info, but under the Device Manager's Processor headier you will find the
exact spec of your processor.

It seems you needed to upgrade your Bios? Well you just need to check
what make and version of Bios you have, go to the vendor's site,
download the latest Bios version, follow the instructions (easy) and you
are done.
Jo
 
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SteveH

SLeagle328 said:
Sorry for the confusion.

The motherboard is made by Mercury

Processor is not a mobile one, it is a desktop processor.


Is there anyway to tell physically what processor is in the PC?

I will run dxdiag later and post results.

Thanks
Short of taking it out and having a look, why not do what I advised in my
earlier post and install and run either Belarc Advisor or Everest Home
edition? Hopefully one of those will tell you what you have in your PC.

SteveH
 

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