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Old 11-01-2004
weird stuff

I coudln't think of another topic to post this under as the OS on the system is XP pro.

Ok here is the go.

I'm upgrdaing a mates computer. A AMD 1200Mhz and well it wouldn't boot from the CD to do a fresh install (By upgrade I mean OS with complete new install). So I opened up the box and here was the config it had.

IDE1: Master HDD & Secondary HDD

so I changed this config so I could boot to the following.

IDE1: Master HDD & CD-ROM
IDE2: CD-RW & Second HDD

Ok fair enough you think. Yeah so did I. Then I changed the BOIS (Nearly said OBP out of habit Smilie ) to make the boot order as follows

FDD --> CD-ROM --> HDD --> NIC

Yeah ok that was all I changed NOTHING ELSE!!! I swear! Then there was a heap of dust in the machine so I blew a little of it out (Blowing the dust out with my mouth NOT a compressor or something, well not yet anyway!) I was just doing a little clean! Then I cleaned a little dust out of the bottom of the box!

I swear I did not touch and jumpers or anything like that! Everything apart from what I changed was the same (changes as said above) Then I tested booting form the CD. YAY! Works fine. Then I had the wrong version CD in it Smilie

Ok now the right Cd is in the CD-ROM and boots.

Now for the strange stuff. the machine is no longer a AMD 1200Mhz it's now a AMD 1380 Mhz Smilie Not to complain as now it's a little faster Smilie So I completed the install thinking it may just be something wrong. Nope Windows after the install detected the same thing.

What the? How the? When the?

I can't think of why this happened, it's got me stumped. I told my old lady what happened later that night. Her reply was, "You knew you were good, but I bet you didn't know you were that good Smilie "

Anyone got any idea's what the hell went on? I'm thinking I could become rich by just touching a system I upgrade it Smilie

Thanks in advanced for your idea's.

Oh yeah and I swear I changed nothing apart from what I in this post!
# 2  
Old 11-01-2004
Please move this post if needed.

I was not sure where I should post this question.

# 3  
Old 11-16-2004
The system probably uses that pseudo-PnP technology for autodetecting processor types and voltages and whatnot. The upgrade may recognise the proc as something it's not and therefore communicate that to Windows. In the BIOS/CMOS setup, there should be a place to manually reconfigure clock speed and voltages. That is, of course, if you don't like the added boost Smilie
# 4  
Old 11-16-2004
woofie, you need to work a bit on your subjects.

From XP go to:
control panel -> power options

If the power scheme is set to max battery, XP will attempt to use speedstep. If the cpu supports speedstep, this will succeed. Intel puts speedstep on cpu's intended for laptops. I don't know about AMD. There is a freeware program called speedswitch that lets you manually control the cpu speed.
# 5  
Old 11-16-2004
way back

I can remember I had to download a utility from AMD once, in order to let Windows 98 properly detect a CPU's speed. Maybe it's related to your 'paranormal experience'.
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