AMD Athlon 64 X2

January 10, 2010 at 00:00:58
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell that is telling me that the CPU chip is bad. I am looking at replacing the AMD AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2ghz ADO4200IAA5CU. When I look at the available 65W processors they seem to have a variety of core voltages. Mine was 1.20V-1.25V. There are some replacement chips form 2.2Ghz-2.8Ghz that use the 1.20V-1.25V. Many others have different core voltages. For example there is another chip that AMD states the core voltages are 1.325/1.35/1.375V. Do I need to match core voltage as well as Wattage?

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#1
January 10, 2010 at 07:13:31
What do you mean it's telling you "the CPU chip is bad"? If the system is able to boot & display a message, the CPU is NOT bad.

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#2
January 10, 2010 at 12:25:31
No it has a set of diagnostic lights on the front. The light #3 only, according to the manual is a "Possible Processor Error".

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#3
January 11, 2010 at 05:01:54
The chances of a CPU frying are pretty slim these days. Have you opened the case? It could be something as simple as a bad CPU cooling fan.

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#4
January 11, 2010 at 09:38:44
According to Dell it is either the board or the CPU. But my original question was about CPU voltage.

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