Can't get comp to recognize new cpu

August 31, 2009 at 16:57:37
Specs: windows xp, amd athlon xp 3200+/2gig
My sister's computer needed a little more oomph, so i put in the best processor her motherboard would allow. The physical installation went fine, but her computer doesn't seem to realize that there's a new cpu in there. Using Everest shows the old cpu and not the new one.

I figure it has to be something with BIOS, but I know very little about it. I've tried resetting BIOS, but it didn't seem to do anything. Anyone know what I'm missing here?

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August 31, 2009 at 17:06:31
The 3200+ is supposed to be clocked at 2.2GHz (11 x 200MHz). Did you configure it that way? Do you have DDR400 (PC3200) RAM? How about posting the make/model of the board.....

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August 31, 2009 at 17:27:18
Wasn't there also a 2333Mhz 3200+ that ran at 14 x 166?


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August 31, 2009 at 18:33:23
Apparently there was...I did not know that:

If the CPU is working & just isn't properly recognized, you may need to update the BIOS.

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September 2, 2009 at 13:41:31
What cpu are you putting in there cause i'm looking at your specs above is that your pc specs?

You just can't put any processor on a motherboard regardless if it's socket compatible. There are two factors you have to understand.

The motherboard has to support the wattage of that processor, or else it's not going to work. If your motherboard supports say up to 95w and you throw in a 125w processor it's not going to work.

Another factor is the bios has to be micro-coded to read that processor. Even if your processor supports the wattage for that motherboard if it's not able to read it then you are going to either have that processor run very slow or not even work at all. A bios update normally will fix this problem on a 3rd party motherboard, but many namebrand pc's don't update their micro-code after an x amount of time or at all after that pc model is released.

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