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Determining Processor Speed
    #2599634 - 04/25/04 01:56 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I have an old computer running on Win 95, anyone know how I can find out what the processor speed of this machine is? I want to go into the machine and figure it out, not by running a processing test.

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2599855 - 04/25/04 03:27 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

If you right-click my computer and go to properites it says there. It might say in the format Family 5 Model 4 Stepping 3 - the easiest thing is to put that in quotes into google to get the actual clock speed.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2601703 - 04/25/04 06:49 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I don't remember much about win95, but try going to control panel and system. It should say.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2601815 - 04/25/04 07:35 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

you need to open it up,, obviously..
look at the processor, (if it has a heat sink attached take it off) careful for static electricity now... use your bare arm to ground yourself to the chasis...
look at the markings on top.. write them down and post back..
If it is really old.. ie 386/486 they will be on the bottom as well...

Im assuming it will be an original Pentium...
100, 133, 166, or if your lucky a 200mhz.....

If it's a P-II slot type the markings are,
on top of the cartridge.... 233-400mhz....

Good luck PM me if you need to know anything else!!!!


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: nofind_um]
    #2601870 - 04/25/04 07:58 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

you need to open it up,, obviously..





That's not obvious to me. There should definately be an easier way to approach the problem.

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: daussaulit]
    #2601881 - 04/25/04 08:02 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Tried that, nothing.

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: MetaShroom]
    #2601981 - 04/25/04 08:30 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Properties has the following tabs: General, Device Manager, Hardware Profiles, Performance.

General doesn't list any speeds or formats.

I decided to put a little effort into it and figured it out. It is a speedy 90 Mhz Pentium.

Anyone know how easy it is to upgrade the processor?

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2602131 - 04/25/04 09:17 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Theoretically, the rest of your hardware is as old as your processor. so upgrading the processor to fit into old gear would be pretty pointless, greatly hindering a newer processor (not to mention the fact that it probably wouldn't fit in your existing motherboard).

I'd look into a new computer: new mobo, new processor, more ram, WinXP/2000, graphix/audio card, etc...

It's like putting a brand new V8 engine in an old MGB...


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Blastrid]
    #2603260 - 04/26/04 03:02 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

But if a used 500 Mhz processor can be purchased for $20 it's a hell of a lot less expensive than a rebuild or even a new purchase.

I have a new computer, I am providing my old one to someone else and am curious as to how he might make it faster with minimal investment.

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2603361 - 04/26/04 03:29 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Joshua: search google for CPU-Z and just execute it. It will tell you everything.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: daba]
    #2603423 - 04/26/04 03:42 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Aida32 is also a good program.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: daba]
    #2603462 - 04/26/04 03:48 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Even the meaning of life? :grin:

I already figured out the processor speed. Now I need to know if it is viable to replace the processor with a higher speed and minimal cost.

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2603585 - 04/26/04 04:34 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Yes, get AMD XP-M 2500+ for $90 or XP-M 2400+ for $77 at www.newegg.com. They are extremely well priced for the (overclocking) value.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: daba]
    #2603673 - 04/26/04 05:25 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Minimal is like free or close to.

The current processor's speed is 90 MHz. I think a jump to 300-500 would be better. A 1.83 GHz might turn the machine into a computer bomb or at least a fire hazard..lol :grin:

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2603688 - 04/26/04 05:34 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

hold the windows key and press "r" - a small "RUN" window comes up - type "dxdiag" in there and press Enter (the directx diagnostic tool will come up).

under "Processor" on that first screen (its about 2/3 of the way down the window), it will tell you what kind of processor you have and what speed it is running at.

Windows 2000/XP users can click start, go to run, then accessories, then system tools, then "system information" as well.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2603691 - 04/26/04 05:36 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

as for how your friend can make the computer run faster:

the top two solutions are almost always MORE RAM and NEW(er) PROCESSOR


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Strumpling]
    #2603696 - 04/26/04 05:41 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

How easy is a newer processor to install?

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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2603763 - 04/26/04 07:19 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Joshua:

Please PM me if you want help in the best upgrade for your computer. I can get lead you to some good deals.


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: daba]
    #2617301 - 04/29/04 06:01 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Sorry not trying to be a smart ass... I thought the system would not start..

The most you can theoretically upgrade your system to is,,
at most a pentium 200 mhz....

Next time you start the system up... there should appear,
a series of letters and numbers in the lower left and corner...

This is commonly referred to as a bios Identifier....
Write down the sequence and goto www.wims bios .com....no spaces...

follow Instructions... or download bios agent.. it should tell you
your mother board manufacturer.. after that you can goto
the man...'s website and get the manual or specs for your particular
model of motherboard... If you have trouble PM me and I will help...

If you can't see the bios string... upon startup.. or it goes too quick,, press and hold break key... and the screen will pause...

If you can't see it at all,, but only see the manufacturers.. page.. IE: compaq in big letters,, then You will need to enter your bios program...
by pressing the del key upon startup.. You may need to do this several times... due to timing...

Once there you will need to enable,, view Post start up.. should be in the general tab.. ??? unsure...

Anyway don't change anything else,, other than to allow computer to run view post setup... If you do It may not restart....

I may have an old 200 mhz laying around....

It's pretty easy,, just need to read up on it... I'll send you an A+ book to go along with it,, pretty much step by step... let me know... good luck NofindUm......


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Re: Determining Processor Speed [Re: Joshua]
    #2618081 - 04/29/04 08:44 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I agree with nofind, a P200 at most. It all depends on the socket now.

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