I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 w/ a Pentium 4-M 2.2GHz. According to Windows System Properties, the processor is 2.2GHz, but only running at 284MHz. I think the processor is supposed to slow itself down when it is not under load, but 284MHz seems pretty extreme. Also, i've tried checking on it while running various programs and preforming different tasks, but it always shows as 284MHz. Is there a problem here or not? I'm sure someone knows of better software to monitor the speed of the proc. Also, if someone could recomend a (free) app to check the temp. of the CPU. Thanks in advance.