Asus BIOS settings - CPU, FSB, RAM

Asus P5l-mx desktop motherboard - intel...
October 25, 2014 at 04:11:58
Specs: Windows XP, 3 GHz / 2 GB
On the way to upgrade my Asus P5L-MX mobo I bought a sh Intel Pentium E6700, the one with 3.2 Ghz, 2 MB L2.
I could not find the Dual Core 2 E6700, 2.66 Ghz, 4 MB L2, the one Asus reccomends.
I took the risk to buy the first one as I found on Game Debate that the P E6700 might work also..
I managed to boot the system with the P E6700, but the BIOS does not recognise it correctly..

I fixed manually the CPU frecq, FSB and DDR2.. to the best I could..
I still receive at each boot "CPU ucode incorrect. Press F1 to resume" ... bothering honestly..
Does anyone knows how to fix this message? Or better BIOS settings?
I mention that I have the latest BIOS ver 1103.
Thank you!

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October 25, 2014 at 05:53:33
Your CPU support list:
Anything else is not supported by the BIOS so if you plan to continue using it, you should expect the issue.
Look here:

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 25, 2014 at 10:39:03
I know that list Fingers, but I think Asus never bothered to update it, as they didn't bother to issue a new BIOS...
For the moment, from BIOS, I managed to get rid of the "Press F1 to resume" command, so I remained only with the POST message "CPU ucode error", which is not so bothering...
Manually fixing the CPU, FSB and RAM frequency I managed to stabilise the system at a performance 4 times better than the one of my previous P4 3 GHz processor.. So the risk I took worth it, as we talk small money.. sh parts..
There is still an issue which I didn't solve and I need help...
The Shut Down command does not close the Win XP completely.. The system blocks after "Saving current settings".. I have to close it from the Power button..
Any ideas?
Thank you

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October 26, 2014 at 06:09:09
"I think Asus never bothered to update it, as they didn't bother to issue a new BIOS..."

They wouldn't have added a CPU that isn't supported by the motherboard chipset. The Intel 945G only supports the Pentium E2xxx series. You should have upgraded the board along with the CPU, the one you have is fairly ancient (2005-ish). A board based on the P45/ICH10 chipset combo would be the way to go. And looking at the rest of your specs, it's time for a new OS & more RAM too.

"I fixed manually the CPU frecq, FSB and DDR2.. to the best I could.."

So that would be 12 x 266MHz (1066MHz FSB) with the RAM configured to run as DDR2-533?

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October 27, 2014 at 13:01:28
There is a comfort in the bureaucracy of a multinational, a comfort in non experimenting non extracting the max from a motherboard with new CPUs. They are interested to sell new mobos, that is why they do not issue new BIOS, and so on..
From my point of view, as a consumer, I'm interested in the max that I can extract from my mobo, my software, etc.. Our interests contradict each other.. I understand them..
I believed in the point that people from Game Debate had, so..
I stabilised the system at 3.3 Ghz, with DDR2 at 600, 1200 FSB..
My ONLY problem is:
Windows does not close, HDD seems parked, monitor blue.. I have to push the Power button to close..
Any ideas?
Thank you

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October 27, 2014 at 13:52:39
Intel states that the only Pentium dual core CPUs supported by the 945G chipset is the E2xxx series. If you prefer to believe it's some sort of conspiracy rather than a hardware compatibility issue, that's your right. You also have the right to struggle all you want.

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October 27, 2014 at 15:19:44
I know that list riider.. E pur si muove.. My computers works, and it's no conspiracy, it's just an undocumented compatibilty between P E6700 and 945G chipset..

By the way of lists, Intel people sent me the list Fingers did - they took the easy way - and "my friends" from Asus recorded my question, but did not answer in the last 72 hours, even they were bragging they will give me an answer in 48 hours..

Still waiting for an answer of how to softly close my Windows..
I wonder if I'll ask Microsoft, they will send me the Asus list, the Intel one or they will just say: buy Windows 8!.. just kidding of course..

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October 30, 2014 at 00:18:34
I finally received the answer from Asus: STUNNING !!!
"Update your BIOS to the last version". As if I didn't mention in my email to them that I use the last BIOS version!!?.. Stunning superficiality..
A friend of mine gave me a Core 2 Duo E6600 to benchmark it to my present configuration. It's 30% bellow my Pentium E6700 !
But it closes the Windows smoothly, as of course is on the list..
So I will ontinue to use the Pentium E6700, as the most performant processor at hand..
If anybody has any other idea about closing smoothly the XP, it will be greatly appreciated..

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