BIOS Misreports CPU Speed
Posted on 2004-04-25
I'm refurbishing some MSI motherboard-based computers for donation to a school (one of the company owners is a high school PE teacher and he wants to help his poorer students get access to computers for their homework).
It's always bothered me that during the boot on on about half of the computers, the BIOS misidentifies the CPU. Below the BIOS info is the listing that it is a "Pentium III - 600EB", when it is a "Pentium III - 800EB". (Yes, I've looked under the heatsinks...)
Since they didn't have much memory and had a slow hard drive, I was never sure if the misreporting was actually true or not. And speed was never much of a consideration while they were in use in the office, as they were only used for 16-bit app and websurfing.
But I'd like to make them as fast as possible for the school.