CPU recognition in Win 98

Posted on 2003-11-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
I have a Pentium 3 700 mhz, however, Windows 98 is recognizing it as a Pentium 2 with MMX technology, how is this possible?  Is there a way to get Windows to recognize the correct processor?  It recognizes the correct amount of ram and everything else.  My bios recognizes the correct processor and ram
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So it is not recognizing only going to my computer .. What do you going to

Start ---> programs --> accessories --> System tools --> System properties ?


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Well, I have checked from the system in control and also in system information in system tools.

They all say the same thing, I have done scanning for viruses, Trojans, what have you.

Not that it is affecting the ability of the computer, I just wondered how it could happen and if anything could be done to tell Windows what correct CPU it is using.  

Thanks for your suggestions though Sunray
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Have you got all updates installed? =>
Check with AIDA32 => if your processor is identified the right way.

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Are you sure that your motherboard is able to accept a PIII 700 MHz?

Is it a slot 1 motherboard, or the socket whatever - the flat type :-)

Give us the make and model of the motherboard or check the manual or manufacturer's site.  SOMETIMES a BIOS upgrade allows it to identify and handle faster processors, but not always.

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Well, I have attempted all of that.  the updates and such

I would assume if my motherboard is unable to recognize the CPU, that it would plain just not work.  I had Windows 98 running with it before which it recognized it as being the correct processor

It is a slot 1 type.  Just, I have not changed anything physically to it prior, so it should have been fine.

Just, had to format and reinstall which is why it is now acting up
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If you are worried about the section in the "general" tab of the System Properties dialogue, then don't pay too much attention there if AIDA32 reports that it running at the correct speed.  My system properties tell me I have a "X86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 " CPU!!!  It's a Pentium 4.

It might be something to do with you using an older version of the Intel chipset software where the .inf file doesn't contain the full details it needs.  Find and open MACHINE2.INF and you'll see what I'm getting at.

Check for updated chipset software for your motherboard, and install the software.  It just might do the trick.

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Thank you, King_of_Spain

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