My main computer is a Mac, which I know very well, but I’m much less knowledgeable when it comes to Windows upgrades/repairs. About a year ago, I purchased a cheapo Windows box, for some very minor uses. It was from Fry’s, a “Great Quality” brand one, with an AMD Athlon XP 2400 2GHz processor. Like I said, not exactly a powerhouse, but I don’t really need a Windows powerhouse, for my meager needs.
That said, it was starting to feel more than a bit sluggish, even for the minimal use I need out of it. So, wanting to get some more power out of it for a minimal upgrade cost (it’s already got a decent amount of RAM in it), I purchased a new processor: an AMD Sempron 2800+. This afternoon, I broke open the computer, took out the old processor and fan/heat sink, and installed the new one, along with the new fan/heat sink that came with it. It boots up fine. But here’s where I get confused: going into the Device Manager, under ‘Processors’, it’s still listing an Athlon XP 2400. Huh? Do I need to update a driver to get it to recognize the new processor? I tried to use the Windows update wizard, but it’s not working, since it still thinks it’s looking for a driver for the 2400. Also, the computer seems just as sluggish as it did before. What’s going on? It’s really as if I haven’t done a thing to it, but I know I didn’t dream it: the old processor is sitting right there. Is there something I need to manually download? It didn’t come with any software to install.