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Dell Laptop Mobo issue?

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Ok,

I recently wiped the XP install on my Dell Insprion 600m (had it since high school) because it was being very slow. I thought XP might have been the culprit (either from the install itself or possible viruses), so I put Ubuntu 7.10 on it to see if it would help. Well, long story short, it didn't.

The computer is still incredibly slow (it's not just me being used to my new desktop, a 1.2GHz Dell desktop at work runs much smoother than it).

What I want to know is this: is there any way to test hardware components (CPU, mobo, etc) to see where the issue may be? I still don't know how to work with Ubuntu very well, but in the Device Manager, everything is "unknown" for my hardware.

Is upgrading individual components an option? I don't even know if it would be worth it or not, but I don't want to deem this laptop as a lost cause since it was a gift a while back, and a fairly expensive one at that. While it's worth nowhere near what was paid for it, I feel like I'd be throwing money away by not getting more use out of it. Although I would like to upgrade to a tablet at some point...

As it stands now, it's a Sudoku generator.

Anywho, incase anyone needs it, here are the specs:
1.5GHz mobile processor
512MB RAM (I think? might actually be 256, almost positive 512 though)
Radeon 9000 mobile GPU... I think it's 64MB. I don't game (other than like, Sudoku) on it.
Don't know what else would be important, ask and I'll provide!
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Hmmm, found something interesting when I was checking BIOS.

It says my CPU speed is 600MHz. I don't think that's FSB, as I believe the chip (Pentium M) is only rated for 200-400MHz.

The RAM is 2x256, reading as 512 in BIOS just fine.

GPU is actually 32MB, not 64MB.

Going to look more into the CPU here.

Anyway, this is what the BIOS page says:


Pentium M 1.50GHz/600MHz
Current CPU Speed 600MHz
Level 2 Cache: 1024KB
System Memory: 512MB @ 266MHz
Video Controller: ATI Radeon 9000
Video Memory: 32MB
Panel Type: 14" Super XGA+
Audio Controller: Sigmatel 9750
Modem Controller: BCM V.92 56K
Primary Hard Drive: 40GB
Modular Bay: CD-RW/DVD Combo

Also, my CardBus is not detecting anything. Is there a way to troubleshoot this? It would be nice to have wireless on my laptop. I've read Linux has issues with CardBus wireless devices, but honestly, if I can get this running smooth again, I will probably go back to XP.
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