PIII Called PII by windows

I have a Delta MP2-BX-X motherboard with a PIII 500. When the computer boots BIOS detects a PIII 500 but when I open system properties windows says I have a Pentium II processor.
panpeteAsked:
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DJ123Commented:
Go to this key in the registry and see what is listed there under "identifier"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Hardware\Description\System\CentralProcessor\0


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me4winCommented:
Its really no problem at all. Your probably using the first edition of win98 and if you upgraded to the second edtion it would reconize the processor.  SO if your BIOS is saying you have a PIII you got a PIII. This has no effect on performance in WIN98, so don't sweat it.
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dew_associatesCommented:
me4win, your are new to this site, and with that, Welcome. However, unlike newsgroups and Usenets, we observe a protocol or policy at this site with which you should become familiar. Experts do not post proposed answers that are incomplete or that are speculative, nor do they post proposed answers that incorporate the comments of others that have been preceded you. Since questioners can accept comments as answers, it is beneficial to the questioner that speculative answers be posted as comments, especially when the issue involves further troubleshooting. In this particular instance, your proposed answer doesn't address the question and only serves to block other experts from participating.
Dennis
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dew_associatesCommented:
Open Regedit and scroll down to:

HKEY_Local_Machine\Hardware\Description\System\CentralProcessor\0

In the right window you will see the product information values. Scroll down to identifier and right click on it. When the box opens, click modify and then change the value to whatever you desire.

HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\User information in the left window.

In the right window you will see the user information values. Scroll down to Processor and right click on it. When the box opens, click modify and then change the value to whatever you desire.

NOTE: Some machines do note have the second registry key!

Dennis
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me4winCommented:
me4win changed their proposed answer to a comment
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cremmeCommented:
Quote from dew_associates:

"Experts do not post proposed answers that are incomplete or that are speculative, nor do they post proposed answers that incorporate the comments of others that have been preceded you."

Opps!!

:)
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dew_associatesCommented:
Your point Cremme?
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cremmeCommented:
Just making light of your comment that is that same as DJ123.
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dew_associatesCommented:
That's why it is a comment Cremme and not an answer. It also expands what was posted earlier in the event the questioner does not know how to handle it.
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st_steveCommented:
Windows 98 will recognise only a handful of processor types...and those latest ones will not be recognised (or reported incorrectly)

For example...in VB...there's an API to report the processor type....but the API only returns three values! "386, 486, and 586"! How's that API useful for determining processor type....get my point?

So....like me4win  said....trust your BIOS and not your Win! BIOS reports hardware level stuff....Win reports software level details!

to dew_associates: please don't give me a hard time....I know someone already pointed out the comments I've put here...I'm just "expanding what was posted earlier in the event the questioner does not know how to handle it."...as you put it...ok?




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dew_associatesCommented:
Makes sense to me st_steve! Thanks for sharing it, no one is going to give you a hard time about that!
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st_steveCommented:
Hey...thanks for understanding my viewpoint dew_associates... you know..I'm quite new here as well...but I must say I've already had my fair share of criticisms!! but it's good that we're on the same wavelength
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Listening for Panpete's final decision and outcome on this.

Hi, Dennis.  This PII vs. PIII issue is the same as another Q you're helping with for Rolf; his also a 500 Mhz box, different MB.  Thus interested.

Asta
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cooljudsonCommented:
That's because the hardware diagnostics that are shipped with this version of Windows were programmed before the release of PIIIs.  The same situation occurred with regard to MSD for DOS and Pentium I processors.  It's really nothing to worry about...
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
COOL, cooljudson; makes total sense.  Thanks for expounding ... so I guess the answer is as is.  The detection process merely matches against a list not yet supplied; what a snafoo to spend time searching for a fix when none is needed.  It makes one wonder about many of the other tools (SFC included) as one upgrades and the "list" isn't modified to facilitate the migration of new components, DLLs, etc.

Hmmmmm off to think.

Asta

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nailoCommented:
Just throwing my 2 cents in. The PC I bought for my Son at college was a PIII 450 and yep CMOS shows it as a PIII but Windows shows as a PII. His has Window98 (first edition). I contacted Tech. Support from the company I bought it from, thinking I might have accidently got ripped off (ha ha). They explained it to me. So as lot of typing for my 2 cents worth. Hey Dennis how's it going?
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dew_associatesCommented:
Hey Nailo!

You only need to change the info in the reg as noted!
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nailoCommented:
Thanks Dennis , will do
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st_steveCommented:
hey....guess everything is clear now, huh??
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rayt333Commented:
listening
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foulcCommented:
I have nothing to say ,
I think you should stop your bullshitting and withdraw your question , All people answer your question. And I think you've got the answer , if you dont know how to withdraw the question, you may just accept my answer
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rayt333Commented:
foulc
Did someone hold an election and elect you to be the newbie points stealer???
You think you should get the points when you added nothing???
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dew_associatesCommented:
This person is really sad! Where do these mental crippled come from?
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linda101698Commented:
I am rejecting the answer by foulc and will contact him by email about the proper use of the site.

Linda Gardner
Community Support @ Experts Exchange
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dew_associatesCommented:
Panpete, follow my post of Wednesday, January 26 2000 - 11:04PM EST and you should be fine.
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