1k MB of ram but its only running at 888 MB

September 25, 2009 at 13:35:28
Specs: Windows XP
Hi guys, I'm having some problems with my cpu and ram. My cpu amd athlon 3400+ 754 socket rated at 2.4 Ghz but run at 2.2 real time. problem is that its running at 1.99 Ghz. I have 2 sticks of 512 mb of ram, total to 1k mb. but its only running at 888 mb, I have a feeling its my PSU but not sure. could be my mobo. any help would be apperciated.

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#1
September 25, 2009 at 13:49:43
Is this by any chance a laptop, If so the CPU is probably being slowed down to conserve power. You can override this but it will reduce battery life and make the laptop run hotter.

BTW: 1k mb = 1GB

Stuart


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#2
September 25, 2009 at 15:34:03
There's more than one version of the 3400+. Some run at 2.2GHz, some run at 2.4GHz.

http://products.amd.com/en-us/deskt...

"problem is that its running at 1.99 Ghz"

Have you checked your BIOS settings to make sure the CPU multiplier & CPU reference clock are set correctly?

"I have 2 sticks of 512 mb of ram, total to 1k mb. but its only running at 888 mb"

1024MB RAM - 888MB = 136MB. Seems like a weird number, but are you using onboard video? What do you have the "shared memory" set at?


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#3
September 25, 2009 at 15:35:56
And part of your system memory (128Mb) is being used by your onboard video. That's normal operation too.

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