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Old 04-03-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Alienware BIOS upgrade

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I am asking a questions for 1,000s of Alienware users / owners who have been left in limbo between Alienware and Dell with no support, and desperately need your expertise>

I have an Alienware Area 51 m15x Vista, that I have upgraded the CPU from Intel Core 2 T8100 to a Core 2 Extreme X9000, it boots normal but CPU-z shows a low speed of 1597mhz and a bus of 199, I am guessing I need the correct bios for the chip to function at its capacity, but can't find where to get the correct bios and make sure this is the problem, the laptops hardware mang. shows it is still the T8100, CPU-z shows the correct chip bu operating at wrong (very low) speed. Can someone help me through this ?? Thank you all in advance
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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Hello,

With CPUs with the SpeedStep technology, this is normal, as your CPU reduces its clock rate when it is not necessary to run at full speed, in order to save energy. You must use a different program to evaluate the clocks of your CPU, and make sure you open a "heavy" program while the program is reading the CPU clock rate. You can try this:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Det...?DwnldID=19105

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:03 PM   #3
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Hi Gabriel,
Thank you for your reply, Couple questions, I went to the Intel link you sent me and Intel says that program is for OS Win 7 & 8 I am running Vista 32bit and while Intel says it will detect but not install on Vista and there for not run, is there one that will work for Vista?

I was able to install and run Intel Processor Diagnostic tool, it did show expected core speed 2.8ghz and tested core speed at 2.82 expected FSB speed a 800 and test at 800 but unable to do a base clock speed test????
Results below (wouldn't attach said invalid file)

MY windows hardware device mang. still shows it to be a T8100 chip,
Windows SYS info shows it to be the correct X9000 aren't these conflicting different in windows programs going to affect performance and the chips capabilities at running correctly?
IE if hardware mang thinks it is a slower chip isn't it going to affect the processor speed?
Do I need to do a bios update, What is the correct bios for this system? and where can I get it?

Thank you!!

--- IPDT - rev 1.48.0.0 ---


--- Start Time: 04/03/2013 21:13:06---


--- Skipping Config ---


--- Reading CPU Manufacturer ---


Expected --> GenuineIntel

Detected --> GenuineIntel

Found --- Genuine Intel Processor ---


--- Temperature Test ---

Temperature Test Passed!!!


Temperature = 54 degrees C below maximum.




--- Reading Brand String ---



Detected Brand String:

Intel Core2 Extreme X9000 2.80GHz



Brand String Test Passed!!!





--- Reading CPU Frequency ---



Expected CPU Frequency is --> 2.80



Detected CPU Frequency is --> 2.82893



CPU Frequency Test Passed!!!





--- Reading FSB ---

Expected FSB : --> 800



Detected) FSB : --> 800



CPU FSB Test Passed!!!





--- Running Base Clock test ---

--- This CPU does not support base clock test ---





--- Running Floating Point test ---

Million Floating Points per Second, MFLOPS --> 86.4

Floating Point Test Pass ---



--- Running Prime Number Generation Test ---

Operation Per Second--> 664579

Prime Number Generation Test Pass ---



--- Reading Cache Size ---



- Detected L1 Data Cache Size --> 2 x 32

- Detected L1 Inst Cache Size --> 2 x 32



- Detected L2 Cache Size --> 6144

- Detected L3 Cache Size --> Not Detected.

Cache Size Test Passed!!!



--- Determining MMX - SSE capabilities ---

--- CPU FEATURES DETECTION FOR ---

--- MMX SSE ---

MMX - MMX Supported --> Yes

SSE - SSE Supported --> Yes

SSE2 - SSE2 Supported --> Yes

SSE3 - SSE3 Supported --> Yes

SSSE3 - SSSE3 Supported --> Yes

SSE4.1 - SSE4.1 Supported --> Yes

SSE4.2 - SSE4.2 Supported --> No

--- MMX SSE - capabilities check complete ---



MMX Test Result --- PASS

SSE Test Result --- PASS

SSE2 Test Result --- PASS

SSE3 Test Result --- PASS

SSSE3 Test Result --- PASS

SSE4.1 Test Result --- PASS

SSE4.2 Test Result --- Not Tested

MMX SSE Testing Passed !!



--- Determining AVX AES PCLMULQDQ capabilities ---





--- CPU FEATURES DETECTION FOR ---

--- AVX/AES/PCLMULQDQ ---

AVX - Advanced Vector Extensions Supported --> No

AVX OS Support - AVX Operating System Supported --> No ---> No Test Required

AES - Advanced Encryption Standard Supported --> No ---> No Test Required

PCLMULQDQ - Polys Carry-Less Multiply Supported --> No ---> No Test Required

--- AVX AES PCLMULQDQ capabilities check complete ---



AVX Compare Test Result --- Not Tested

AES Test Result --- Not Tested

PCLMULQDQ Test Result --- Not Tested

No AVX AES PCLMULQDQ Tests required

--- IMC NOT Supported on this Processor ---

..Platform Controller Hub Test not supported curent chipset..

..Skipping Platform Controller Hub Test..

Skipping Platform Controller Hub Test..

..Query 4..

..

--- Querying for Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Device (IGD) ---

..Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Device not supported on this processor..

..Skipping Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Device Presence Test..

..

--- CPU Load ---

--- Load Level = 8

CPU Load Passed!!!

--- Temperature Test ---

Temperature Test Passed!!!

Temperature = 57 degrees C below maximum.
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Your CPU seems fine. As for your question regarding FSB vs. base clock. CPUs have either one or the other. Your CPU is based on FSB (a.k.a. external clock rate) therefore it doesn't have a "base clock." CPUs that have a base clock don't have a FSB. I hope I have helped.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Gabriel, Thank you, it did and glad to hear you think it is okay, is this the correct bios?

what about correcting the device mang. stating it is still the old cpu?



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BIOS OEM: vX36 P3

Chipset: Intel 2A00 rev 3

SuperIO: Unknown

Manufacturer: Alienware

Motherboard: m15x

A BIOS Update has been detected for your PC.

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