Processor got slower than it was

Amd Athlon xp 2200+ 1.8 ghz processor
October 18, 2010 at 04:03:43
Specs: Windows 7
I have an old computer but there hasn't been any major problems with it so far. A few days ago it got louder than it usually is, so i decided to give it a dedustification (i doubt that's a word :D). It was fine after that, but got slower, so i moved some cables inside etc (no disconnecting and connecting again just moved them a little away). Don't know when, but i noticed in BIOS and everywhere else that is showed the processor was 1500, running on 1350. My processor is an AMD Athlon XP 2200 (i think), and it was running at 1700 (i think, again), so i think something went wrong with it :S
I did something in BIOS, but i screwed up so had to reset :D
Can anybody give me some advice how to get it back to 1700? I don't mind reformatting my hdd either if that helps
Thanks a lot

PS.: I'm running Windows 7, have 1.75 gb ram, ATI Radeon 9600 video card and a KT4 Ultra Ms-6590 motherboard (i think). I know it's old, but it works fine

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October 18, 2010 at 04:53:58
Your problem was caused by resetting the BIOS. BIOS defaults are NOT best performance settings & are not meant to be run as such...they are only a starting point (or a fallback point if you screw up). You now have to go back into the BIOS menu & correct all the settings. The AXP 2200+ is supposed to run at 13.5 x 133MHz (1.8GHz) but resetting the BIOS changed the CPU frequency setting to 100MHz causing the CPU run at 13.5 x 100MHz (1.35GHz). There are probably several other settings that will need correcting as well.

Set the CPU to 133MHz, set the RAM to 266MHz (even if you have DDR333 or DDR400), disable any Spread Spectrum options, set the AGP Aperture to 128MB.

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October 18, 2010 at 06:27:36
Thanks a lot, it's 2200 now :)
I couldn't find where to set RAM to 266, but it's working so i guess it's all good :D
Thanks again, you're a lifesaver

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October 18, 2010 at 12:31:06
"I couldn't find where to set RAM to 266, but it's working so i guess it's all good"

If the RAM is running at any other speed than 266MHz, it's hurting system performance.

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October 20, 2010 at 07:14:17
Where can I check it?

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