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How could I ended up with different processor in my new laptop?

Asked by La_Perm (193points) May 10th, 2010

It’s been a week since I bought my new laptop and I just recently install the ‘Drive Detective’. The problem is that when I checked up its processor in Drive Detective it said something like this:

System Information

Machine information: Dell Inspiron 1440

Operating system: Windows XP Professional

Physical memory: 2.00 GB

Processor model: Intel Pentium III Xeon Processor (2x)

Motherboard model: Dell inc. -0K138P.

This is of course different from what I previously checked on ‘dxdiag’. It said that:

Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz (2 CPUs)

Well I’m not a computer person but it really freaks me out when I saw my laptop is a Pentium III type. I’m really confused about this. How could I really know about the Pentium type of my laptop? Please help! Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!

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loser's avatar

This is really weird. My Dad described the same problem to me just yesterday.

ragingloli's avatar

My guess is that the “drive detective” program screwed up the detection.

La_Perm's avatar

@loser So I’m not the only one here.

@ragingloli Do you suspect the ‘Drive Detective’ is a malicious program?

ragingloli's avatar

not malicious, but all software has bugs, makes mistakes, has errors. This is almost certainly one of those cases where the software is simply wrong.

La_Perm's avatar

@ragingloli I guess it could be true. But I still suspect that since I feel the way my laptop works is different from others with the same same type/capacity. My friend suggest me to upgrade the necessary programs in my laptop to the newest state. He said the one who sold you that laptop might put older program to this laptop. So even though it’s a quite new processor it will only work like other PC with older programs.

ragingloli's avatar

You might want to read this about the “driver detective” program. Scroll down to the comment section.

La_Perm's avatar

@La_Perm Thank you! So I’m just another victim there. Time to erase this software!

ragingloli's avatar

The point is that this is a piece of software, that, apart from being overpriced, does not do its job of updating drivers correctly, so you can expect screwups with the actual hardware detection as well.
Furthermore, I looked up the Dell Inspiron 1440 and none of them comes with an over 10 year old Pentium 3 Xeon processor, so the software is definitely wrong.

jaytkay's avatar

Here is a free program I have used for many years.

Belarc Advisor – Free Personal PC Audit
The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

- Operating Systems: Runs on Windows 7, 2008 R2, Vista, 2008, 2003, XP, 2000, NT 4, Me, 98, and 95. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows is supported.

- Browsers: Runs on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and many others.

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