[G4] Dual 1.25Ghz Fw800 showing up as 1GhzDP question

Ralph Garrett ralphbones at kc.rr.com
Sun Nov 7 00:44:12 PST 2004

On Nov 6, 2004, at 22:46, Ronald Steinke wrote:

> On 5 Nov, 2004, at 20:36, Rod wrote:
> I'm actually a Apple Service Technician, and I have had a good look 
> around
> the motherboard.  None of the screws have been touched ie there are no
> screwdriver marks on the screw heads.  It would have stood out if the 
> cpu
> baard had been removed.
> I'm not a certified AST, but I take enough care that I don't leave 
> buggered up screw heads in the machines that I work on. Not having 
> marks on the screws doesn't necessarily mean that the cpu had not been 
> changed out.
> Now, if Apple were to use a thread-lock liquid/sealer like BMW does, 
> it would show up in a New York minute that someone had been tinkering 
> with the insides of the machine and you would have reason to suspect 
> evil-doings. In their thriftiness, Apple leaves out this step in the 
> manufacturing and makes it possible to change all sorts of equipment 
> without leaving a trace.
> I have no knowledge of units leaving the factory with incorrect 
> labeling (except for a few "500 MHz" machines that were actually only 
> 450 MHz because of physical limits on the mobo), so it seems to me 
> that there was indeed a change of processor chips at some time in the 
> past by a previous owner.
> It is labeled correctly or incorrectly, which choice you make is up to 
> you, but I would go with the original label and look for the reason 
> for the inconsistency.

Another thing to look at is the sales order number and the serial 
number. Sometimes units get factory refurbished with different parts. 
The serial # and sales order # can help track that down,


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