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My Dell Inspiron 8500 has been playing up and a new motherboard has been
ordered due to a faulty RAM connector which only allows half my
currently installed RAM to work. However, I have just been reviewing the
System Properties (Control Panel > System Properties > General) and am
curious by what I see there. Under the "Computer:" heading it reads:

4 - M CPU 2.00GHz
299 MHz
256 MB of RAM

What's the second line refer to?

Another quick question: When the motherboard is replaced, does the CPU
get replaced as well?


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Re: System Properties

It probably refers to the MHz speed that the machine is presently working at
the time. Most Pentium M units run at a slower speed to conserve battery
life until it requires more speed then it adjusts accordingly. If you go
into the START-CONTROL-POWER SETTINGS section you can turn this feature off
and run at the normal 2.0GHz.
Best of luck.

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Re: System Properties

I think it refers to the FSB speed (Front side bus).  Depending on the
machine "full speed" would be 400, 533 or 800MHz.  Note that the machine
may be in a reduced speed / reduced power state rather than at full
speed (especially if it was running on batteries at the time).

The new motherboard probably comes with a new CPU already installed
(e.g. they are swapping the CPU as well as the motherboard), but I can't
preclude that they would have the installer transfer the CPU.

Pete wrote:

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Pete wrote:
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The second line refers to the actual clock speed of the CPU at the time
you opened System Properties. In order to consserve power, Pentium M
processors can have their speed varied by software depending on system
loading and power state. Lower speeds means less power used, but it's
always a trade off between performance and power consumption.

If you want to see the speed go up, plug it into AC power, start one or
two compute-intensive tasks, and open up system properties again.

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