After a reformat and fresh install of Windows XP Home (or rather.. several reformats and fresh installs of XP Home) I've been quite unable to get the Device Manager tree to acknowledge that my computer is, in fact, equipped with a processor.
I'm using an Asus P5N-D mobo and an intel E8500 dual core processor, for the record.
The System Information tab acknowledges that the processor is there, and the system functions as it should for the most part. This is a gaming machine, and it's playing the same games on the same settings as it used to before the reformat. The issue is there is some minor screen tearing and whatnot now that I believe is associated with my inability to update the CPU's drivers...
I've attempted a handfull of fixes that I found googling for this issue which included the following:
Reformatting and installing with different PC types (standard, ACPI, MPS, etc.)
Downloading the CPU drivers themselves and running the .exe (Received an error message saying something to the effect of 'your software is insufficient for install'. Can't remember the exact wordage.)
Flashing the BIOS with the newest version
Swearing loudly at the monitor (Fist shaking, threat making, pleading, the whole lot)
and I've got a couple of friends who are far more tech savvy than I am scratching their heads and consoling me on my poor luck with technoglogy. If anybody can think of another trick that I haven't tried yet, or if I can provide some more detailed information that might be useful - I'd be very eager to hear it.
Thanks for your time