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CPU unworkable after power outage

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Posted on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 8:03 pm:   

I normally leave my PC's running 24/7. I came home from work one day to find there was a power outage. A neighbor later told me that his power was down but not all the way, he said his light were dim. Once everything was restored I tried booting up my PC that has a Pentium 3 1 gig CPU to find this message during boot up - CPU is unworkable or has been changed, please recheck, CPU soft menu. Then I did see the computer listing my CPU as a PENTIUM III 500E MHz (66x7.5). All I remember is that it used to list it as 1000 MHz before. Anybody have any idea's on what may have happened and better yet is it fixable or do I have to replace my processer, motherboard or both.

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 9:42 pm:   

Change the front side bus to 133MHZ in CMOS and all should be good as new.
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 5:20 am:   

I went into CMOS and it appeared as if it was already set at 133 but I decided to select F5 for restoring previous configuration and restarted and that fixed it. Thanks!

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