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One more question - when I get the new SSD, can I just copy my old system hard drive to the new one and it's ready to go? They can both be external and done on a different system. Thanks for any help you can offer on this.
    
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I don't understand all of this CPU-Z info, but does the Bus Speed look right? Seems like it's about 1/4 of what it should be. Please help!

    
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I think that CPU underclocks everything when its in "idle." Try opening up like a mpeg file or do something that strains the CPU a little and then watch CPUZ and see if it goes up
    
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Thanks! I ran 4 mpegs simultaneously and it made no difference.
    
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Bus speed is O.K. - 266.0 MHz times (multiplier)x8.5 equals 2260.0 MHz, the core speed.
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Thanks, martee! That's funny, when you consider how worried I was about it. Came up with another problem. I downloaded the BIOS update from Gateway but cannot get it to burn to a bootable CD. I've used Nero and Ashampoo to burn a disc from the image but it will not work. I think the filesize is just too small to matter (2MB). I even tried to boot from the files on a USB flash drive, but nothing works. Any ideas?

And do two memory modules at 533MHz each operate at 1066 total? On one trip to Geek Squad it came back missing a memory module. They replaced it with a different brand and they're both 533 MHz. If that's not stock, I need to talk to Geek Squad. I've never changed the memory.
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You don't have to burn bios to CD, just download from the Gateway site and run it as administrator and follow the instructions, that's it. Have the battery in the machine just in case. You will have to reboot the PC when asked.

BTW, the new version of the bios is around, the 9C.20.00 which I would not recommend, because the machines run hot with it. In my opinion the best version so far is the 9C.17.00, but that's my personal taste.

The most popular RAM brand in Gateway is Samsung. The DDR3 PC3-8500S 1066Mhz SODIMM modules, but there are other brands, too. If you don't have PC3-8500S on the module sticker, probably you have not original RAM. When you click the SPD tab on the CPUz window, the max bandwidth should be 533MHz.
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Thanks again. "This is BIOS version 94.28". This is from the file 9539578.exe (as downloaded from the Gateway P-7811FX drivers page) - I don't see anything like 9C.20.00. Are we both talking about the P-7811FX?
    
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It doesn't matter what model we are talking about as long as is from the P78xx series. Check this out http://support.gateway.com/support/d...=pn&param=P-78 If you want to update the bios, check which one you have got on your machine first.
The Godzilla BIOS v.94.28 is for the P68xx series of the FX notebooks. You better forget about it.
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One more question - when I get the new SSD, can I just copy my old system hard drive to the new one and it's ready to go? They can both be external and done on a different system. Thanks for any help you can offer on this.
Yes. You can just clone your old HDD onto your new SSD, just like you would if you were installing a new HDD.
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