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Compaq has admitted that it published misleading information on its Web site about the type of processor used in its Presario home notebook PC. The Compaq Presario 1255 notebook uses AMD 333Mhz K6-2 desktop processor, and not the costlier mobile version of the same chip, according to reports in InfoWorld. The choice of the cheaper desktop chip could put a strain on the notebook. Desktop processors generally consume more power, which can reduce battery life, it can also increase heat output, which can affect performance. The chip will not over heat provided it is slowed down below the stated 333Mhz clock speed. Steve Crawley, Toshiba product marketing manager, said: "I wouldn’t expect a major manufacturer to use a desktop processor in a notebook, although it is not unknown in a third-tier vendor." Robert Stearn, AMD European marketing director, said successfully putting a desktop chip in a mobile depended on many factors. Although not familiar with this particular case, he said: "You need to pay attention to clock speed, supply voltage and heat emissions. As long as you have an adequate cooling system, it’s OK." Stearn admitted the need to keep the machine cooler used more power and as a consequence could reduce battery life. InfoWorld today reported that Alex Gruzen, director and general manager of Compaq’s Presario Mobile Division, agreed the information on the Web site was misleading. He said it was a legacy product, adding: "We are correcting it as we speak." The Compaq Presario 1255 notebook was still listed on the Web site as containing the AMD K62 mobile chip at press time. ®

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