Whenever set to the Auto (Default) the BIOS always sets itself at the low multiple of 1100 so as to avoid accidental overclocking. This happens with any CPU. It is up to the user to set some higher figure in multiples of 200, hence 11x200=2200 for an Athlon XP 3200+ (2.2Ghz).
I have already taken the gamble and removed and reset the CPU, and it worked. It is now running at 2.2Ghz--BUT--curiouser and curiouser--under "System information" the BIOS now reads: "AMD Athlon 3100+, speed 2200"
(The 3100 should read 3200.) There is no facility to alter this.
Beyond its being a factor of memory speed or capacity, I never could figure out exactly what the "3200+" means anyway. Is this drop of 100 going to cause me any problems?
As there is no such thing as a 3100+ this is an obvious error. I just can't figure out where it suddenly came from. My concern, given the large number of Gremlins that have been attacking my machine lately, is that this error is yet another manifestation of a fault somewhere that is going to dog my new installation and configuration of Windows XP.
Do I read you correctly--that the erroneous reporting of 3100+ can safely be ignored as having no effect on performance?