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    I need a program to identify a CPU- Please help!

    My motherboard (an Abit NF7-S) recently died and was replaced under warentee with a Asrock K7NF2 (sadly I'm not making that name up...) Besides being ticked off about not getting another Abit or other high quality board, the Asrock refuses to run my CPU at the proper speed of 1826mhz. It's an Athlon 2500+. The BIOS on the Asrock will only run the CPU at 1100mhz. If I change the CPU speed to the proper setting of 166 the machine won't boot.

    So it looks like the Asrock has major problems or my CPU was swapped out on me. Does anyone know of a program that will tell you what CPU you have that doesn't rely on the current speed which the CPU is running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    My motherboard (an Abit NF7-S) recently died and was replaced under warentee with a Asrock K7NF2 (sadly I'm not making that name up...) Besides being ticked off about not getting another Abit or other high quality board, the Asrock refuses to run my CPU at the proper speed of 1826mhz. It's an Athlon 2500+. The BIOS on the Asrock will only run the CPU at 1100mhz. If I change the CPU speed to the proper setting of 166 the machine won't boot.

    So it looks like the Asrock has major problems or my CPU was swapped out on me. Does anyone know of a program that will tell you what CPU you have that doesn't rely on the current speed which the CPU is running?
    Begin by ensuring that your heatsink is oriented as shown in the first photo below, not the second.


    this is correct.



    this is incorrect.

    Also, did you scrape off any remaining thermal-interface material and give the CPU a fresh coat of thermal grease?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasGuy
    I already tried CPU-Z. It seems to give the core speed, muliplier, and FSB that the CPU is running at, not what it was made to run at.

    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    Begin by ensuring that your heatsink is oriented as shown in the first photo below, not the second.


    this is correct.



    this is incorrect.

    Also, did you scrape off any remaining thermal-interface material and give the CPU a fresh coat of thermal grease?
    I didn't install the new CPU to the motherboard, the computer shop did. They did manage to install the memory incorrectly, so anything is possible.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    My motherboard (an Abit NF7-S) recently died and was replaced under warentee with a Asrock K7NF2 (sadly I'm not making that name up...) Besides being ticked off about not getting another Abit or other high quality board, the Asrock refuses to run my CPU at the proper speed of 1826mhz. It's an Athlon 2500+. The BIOS on the Asrock will only run the CPU at 1100mhz. If I change the CPU speed to the proper setting of 166 the machine won't boot.

    So it looks like the Asrock has major problems or my CPU was swapped out on me. Does anyone know of a program that will tell you what CPU you have that doesn't rely on the current speed which the CPU is running?
    Begin by ensuring that your heatsink is oriented as shown in the first photo below, not the second.


    this is correct.



    this is incorrect.

    Also, did you scrape off any remaining thermal-interface material and give the CPU a fresh coat of thermal grease?

    The CPU will have its part number right on it, so if you remove the heatsink, just take a look at the CPU. You can tell a Barton by its elongated core shape, too.

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    Whoa, multi-post weirdness, sorry about that. But check the heatsink orientation regardless.

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    Another good program that's free is called Belarc sp? Belark Advisor. Identifies all the hardware in your pc.
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    Next step after confirming the heatsink is on the right way:

    1) locate the FSB_SEL jumpers that are to the left of the motherboard's northbridge heatsink.

    2) Set them for 333MHz FSB by capping pins 1 & 2 on FSB_SEL0 and pins 2 & 3 on FSB_SEL1.

    Any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycle17
    Another good program that's free is called Belarc sp? Belark Advisor. Identifies all the hardware in your pc.
    I stopped recommending Belarc advisor because, while it is nice to search for an XP serial and get one it is moses major privacy issues due to the information that it posts to the net.

    CPU-Z should Identity EVERYTHING you need about the processor to identify what processor it is and what it should be running. It's what everybody uses to identify and prove validity and all that stuff, especially when dealing with beta cpus and stuff.
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    ^^^

    Thanks. As best as I can tell without pulling the MB, it is okay.

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    A program called Everest is GREAT. It identifies everything about your computer hardware in minute detail. (And the Home Edition is free.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    Next step after confirming the heatsink is on the right way:

    1) locate the FSB_SEL jumpers that are to the left of the motherboard's northbridge heatsink.

    2) Set them for 333MHz FSB by capping pins 1 & 2 on FSB_SEL0 and pins 2 & 3 on FSB_SEL1.

    Any good?
    DING DING DING! We have a winner! Thanks for the help. The one of the reasons I bought an Abit in the first place is that I'm ham handed and hate jumpers.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas
    DING DING DING! We have a winner! Thanks for the help. The one of the reasons I bought an Abit in the first place is that I'm ham handed and hate jumpers.....

    If you ever make it to Riga you have a beer waiting for you!
    excellent

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    Yep, Asrock has a weird name, but I thought it was at least better than AOpen. For some reason, that name came off as just disgusting to me.

    Then you have chaintech (WTF they make boards, might as well have a chain company called robo-chain)

    DFI (Diamond Flower International....What the hell is it with asian companies, and these really odd company names. Makes me want to start a comany in jest called the "Cosmic Spork Cartel Warehouse", which is actually a delicatessen)

    Soyo (everyone who has heard it hated it, saying it sounded too much like "Soya", which has no place within a computer chassis...maybe the belly, but not the belly of a computer!)

    Super Talent (again, weird company names from asia)

    Yate Loon (at least a name that sounds like a name....they make great fans too, pity nobody has heard of them)
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    I think i have an aopen in my current system. better then iWill. I iHate those i****ers.
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    Here's one that gives you a wealth of information about your system: HWinfo32

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