Facts: Dell XPS 400 ordered on 3/15/2006. Rcvd desktop and added additional gig of memory. Factory mem: PC2 4200@533 MHz. New mem: PC2 5300@667 MHz (new guy mistake).
While attending an A+ class recently I discovered that my memory is only running at the speed of the slower modules, which is fine with me. I also discovered that by running HWinFO32, I can check every component in my system as well as the speed of the memory. I ran it an came up with this:
PC2 4200 @266.7 MHz, instead of 533 MHz.
PC2 5300 @333.3 MHz, instead of 667 MHz.
So, my question is, does memory lose it's speed with time, and if not, is it at all possible to adjust the speed from a BIOS set-up that will not allow you to adjust anything, like with Dell BIOS set-ups? Dell won't help unless I pay out of pocket.
Not in A+ anymore, so I can't get the instructors assistance and I'm new to Tom's HW. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.