1.8 p4 showing up as 1.2

Dell INSPIRON 8200
December 22, 2009 at 10:37:11
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.196 GHz / 1279 MB
recently i decided to take some online classes at a local college, so my dad let me have his old inspiron 8200. now the laptop had been sitting for about a year. ive cleaned it up and updated most of the drivers, but its still running slow. also when i boot it up it says that i am using a 70 watt power adapter and it needs a 90w, althought it says 90w on the brick. now after all of that in the bios it says i have a 1.8 processor..but is only registering as 1.2....i cant even play wow..its anoying...any thing i can do to remedy this?

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December 22, 2009 at 10:46:46
Is it the power adapter the one that came with the laptop? it might be failing thus providing less voltage or current than it's normally supplying. The processor speed may be throttling back due to not enough current being supplied.

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December 22, 2009 at 10:53:47
You could get a new power adapter, but if it is charging the battery as it should I would leave it alone.

I would do a cleanup on the hard drive and get rid of unwanted junk files or programs that are running.

See if you can add more ram.

If for school.....play games at home.

A new laptop will probably cost less than trying to build up the old one. Laptops are becoming like Bic lighters. When they run out of gas you toss it and get a new one.

Hope you get all A's in school.

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December 22, 2009 at 11:27:50
ya the power adapter is the one that came with it. i thought that the problem was due to the power adapter not giving it ample power, so i changed all of the power settings in the bios to max performance (even when its on battery)....still no luck...i am about to buy anoter gig of ram to bump it up to two gigs..also i deleted almost all of the programs and files that i could, ran avg, and defraged.

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December 22, 2009 at 14:01:22
"the bios it says i have a 1.8 processor..but is only registering as 1.2"

Laptops vary the speed of the CPU to keep the temps down & prolong the battery life. This is done by lowering the CPU multiplier. More than likely, that's why your CPU is running at 1.2GHz.

"i am about to buy anoter gig of ram to bump it up to two gigs"

You're gonna be wasting your money. That old laptop only accepts up to 512MB per slot for a max of 1GB.


"i cant even play wow"

Probably because of the weak onboard graphics. Is it the Radeon 9000 or the Geforce4 440? The Radeon ranks 207th out of 221 tested (possibly 189th); the Geforce4 ranks 192nd.



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December 22, 2009 at 14:20:46
If it were mine, I'd have the AC adapter tested for out put in the proper range. Might even try a KNOWN good Battery. As stated the CPU is trying (it seems) to compensate for the low input from the AC adapter.

The CPU cannot run at full power if it can't get full power. Deleting Progrms, changing settings and adding RAM cannot make up for inadequate Power supply.

First things First, as they say.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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