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October 11, 2009 8:20:19 PM

I have Gigabyte ga-ma790fxt-UD5P with AMD 955 processor. I have installed Xp pro on it. When I check control panel/ SYStem I see 1,600 GHz.

I also have installed the Belarc advisor also telling me that the speed of the processor is 1.60 GHz. Is that normal?

Should I not see 3.2 GHz?


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a b V Motherboard
October 11, 2009 8:32:05 PM

Yes, I think you should. What BIOS version do you have?
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a b V Motherboard
October 11, 2009 8:41:12 PM

One thing all users should do is save EVERYTHING available from the mfg site on their motherboard. Save the webpages themselves, with all files. Save all the Downloads and BIOS, even if you don't plan to use them.

Your board's webpage is here:
http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Produc...

It says that BIOS F5 should cover that CPU in the CPU list, but both F6 and F7 are adding CPUs. I'd go ahead and jump to F7 if you don't have it now. DO NOT use a Windows-based process for updating the BIOS. Use either the floppy boot or the easy way is within the BIOS itself. If you don't have a floppy, you can put the BIOS file on a thumb drive, should find it fine.

One thing you might try now and should do after BIOS update, is choose Optimized Defaults in the BIOS. Then go back and change things the way you want. This might fix the problem itself.
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October 11, 2009 9:03:28 PM

This what Belarcs gives me:
Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F3 01/16/2009

so I should upgrade the bios or change the bus speed?
Thanks for the help
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a b V Motherboard
October 12, 2009 12:27:55 AM

F3 doesn't support your CPU for sure.

Go to F7 revision and it should fix the issue.

I recommend a program called CPUz from www.cpuid.com - simple and most here use it so are familar with its results.
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October 12, 2009 12:49:09 AM

I went to F6 and I saw 3.21 GHz. I used @bios utility.

I also increased the speed to 3.35GHz using AMD utility.

I have a question was I actually running at 1.6 GHz?

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a b V Motherboard
October 12, 2009 1:56:06 AM

Yes, you really were running at half speed, to the best of my knowledge.

Don't you feel twice as fast???!!!!!!
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October 12, 2009 2:24:21 AM

what if it was cool'n quiet that is simply doing its job.. slowing down the processor when not in heavy use?
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a b V Motherboard
October 12, 2009 3:28:01 AM

It wasn't.

pat, the Gigabyte page clearly said that BIOS version F5 was required to support your CPU. We know you had version F3. There's no doubt that without F5, your processor was not gonna work!!! Also meant your MB was sitting around a warehouse for over 6 months, unusual.

So, you updated and all is well. And I assume CoolNQuiet's still happily running?

BTW, after a BIOS make sure you choose Optimized Defaults in BIOS at least once - it's needed to set all parameters properly. After that, adjust as desired.


Relax... Be Happy... Your problem is solved and so easily!
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October 12, 2009 11:04:15 PM

I am trying to inctrease the speed wit AMD overdrive but seems revert to 3.21 when I rerboot.

I guess the changes made by the utility do not stick after you reboot. i know that after i speed up the cpu I see it with CPUID utility.

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a c 177 V Motherboard
October 12, 2009 11:12:29 PM

This does not surprise me - you want to entrust anything as important to the overall funcionality of your system to the BIOS, not a utility that inserts 'ring zero' components into windoze! OverDrive, EasyTune, whatever - if they work at all, they're OK to test some basic aspects of an overclock, but never for long-term use...
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October 13, 2009 12:08:18 AM

Mongox said:
It wasn't.

pat, the Gigabyte page clearly said that BIOS version F5 was required to support your CPU. We know you had version F3. There's no doubt that without F5, your processor was not gonna work!!! Also meant your MB was sitting around a warehouse for over 6 months, unusual.

So, you updated and all is well. And I assume CoolNQuiet's still happily running?

BTW, after a BIOS make sure you choose Optimized Defaults in BIOS at least once - it's needed to set all parameters properly. After that, adjust as desired.


Relax... Be Happy... Your problem is solved and so easily!



this is not my cpu..You don't know my BIOS version....And my processor is working without F5....How do I know that? I'm not the original poster... I don't have this CPU and my motherboard is a Biostar with different BIOS number.. :non: 

Usually, If the computer boot without having the proper BIOS version, then you may have a message stating unknow processor. But it will work anyway. Having a really obsolete BIOS would have prevented the system to boot first place.

If it was working this way, then everything was ok. Cool and quiet was doing it's job and the CPU was running half speed. My system behave like this. Updating the BIOS may have disable CnQ, so it is now working full power on idle.
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a b V Motherboard
October 13, 2009 3:30:10 AM

sorry Pat for saying "your" instead of "his"

The Gigabyte boards I'm familar with all default to CoolNQuiet being set to Auto. I'm quite sure that all do. This is how mine is set right now as I often forget to turn it off. There is no Enabled position, just Auto and Disabled.

I've never known this it cause a program like CPUz to not reveal the proper MHz for an AMD CPU.

We know for sure that the OP had the wrong BIOS installed - one that would not properly support his CPU. He had no option but to upgrade the BIOS. He updated the BIOS, the CPU was supported and all problems are fixed. I'm satisfied.

Relax... Be Happy...
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October 23, 2009 4:25:07 AM

Thank You for time.
Everything is good I am waiting to receive WINDOW 7. I plan to install it soon. Will keep you posted.


Thanks

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