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CPU and RAM underperforming??

By Crazy_Josh
Jan 21, 2005
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  1. Just completed my first build, all went fine, and the computer booted up fine, I have installed xp on it, but I am slightly worried about the cpu and the ram. The CPU is for some reason only running at 1290MHz when it is an xp 3000+ 333 FSB and the RAM is 400Mhz and it is only running at 100Mhz according to the bios.

    Here's the specs:

    Mobo: MSI K7N2 Delta-LSR 8xAGP DDR400 Nforce2
    CPU: AMD Athlon XP3000+ (Barton) 333FSB 512kb L2 Cache
    RAM: Kingston 512MB DDR PC3200 400MHz CL3 Memory Module
    VC: Sapphire Radeon 9550 256MB DDR AGP8x
    HD: Western Digital Caviar SE 40Gb UIDE 100 7200rpm 8mb Cache

    I went into the bios and attempted to change the RAM Frequency, but if I change it above 100 the computer won't boot (gives me a lovely black screen). And I am not sure exactly why the Mobo doesn't detect the right speed CPU...
    As I say, it's my first build and maybe I am missing something obvious??
    Anyone help me out here?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  3. slavster

    slavster TS Rookie Posts: 17

    hmmm....yes, you should change your jumpers so they are in auto mode...or something that allows you to change your settings freely in the bios. second, go into bios and like howard already said, up your fsb to 166mhz. once you finish building a computer and turn it on, the bios will automatically start and will ask you to enter the correct speed. the easiest way is to check what it says on the box and select that exact same speed where you have your options of newly installed cpu...
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