BIOS Updating or Upgrading needed?!

May 8, 2011 at 12:50:58
Specs: Windows 7, Intel/DDR2 4G
Palit Mobo currently runs Intel Dual-Core E5200 cpu.
It does not see the Quad-Core Q8400 replacement cpu.
Palit web site does not provide any help on the issue.
What should I do to get the BIOS modified to support the Q8400 ?
Or should I just go for a new Mobo?

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#1
May 8, 2011 at 13:11:27
New board would be my choice.
BIOS can be tricky to update.
You should always check the manufactures web site for CPU support before selecting a processor for a board and vice-versa. They need to work together. Your memory chips may not work well either. Be sure to check that too!

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#2
May 8, 2011 at 15:27:09
Thank you for your quick responce.
You have got a few valid points there.
Still, will be interesting to see what others might suggest.
By the way, I am hitting the keyboard down here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where the choice of hardwares are expensive and not as varied as elsewhere, especially North America and Europe.
I shall be in touch.

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#3
May 8, 2011 at 16:39:02
Apparently you didn't think posting the model number would be helpful?

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#4
May 8, 2011 at 16:52:19
BIOS chips sometimes come on the board it a little cradle that you can remove the chip from. To identify the BIOS chip, open your case, and search on the MB for a telltale white sticker. look at the model, (or get it off BIOS setup) and search it online. It's possible that you could get a updated version of the chip if it's in a little cradle. Make sure you note the direction of pin 1 (marked on the chip by a notch cut or circle engraved in the chip case) and the size (# of pins) before replacing the chip. Good Luck!

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#5
May 8, 2011 at 17:01:00
We have no idea what model board he has or what chipset it's based on. It's very possible that the board simply doesn't support the Q8400. It sounds to me like the CPU was purchased without even consulting the CPU support list. Of course, none of us can look it up because we don't know board model number.

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#6
May 8, 2011 at 18:47:30
You were right. The CPU was bought on the mistaken assumption that the Mobo would run with the Q8400. My apologies too for not mentioning the Palit board model being the 945GC1333 Sonic. It is still running fine with the E5200.
Mistake made on the CPU purchase, yes and it is apparent the MoBo does not support the Q8400. Hence the need for this question as regard to BIOS upgrade possibility apart from a completely new board, please!
Any further help is welcome.

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#7
May 9, 2011 at 05:11:16
Your board is based on the outdated Intel 945GC / ICH7 chipset combo. It does not support the Q8400 & a BIOS update will not change that. There's very little info at the Palit site, but if you do some research on the chipset, you'll find that the Quads are NOT supported. You need a new motherboard.

From the user's manual:

"LGA775 Socket for Intel Core 2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium 4/
Celeron D processors with 1333/1066/800/533 MHz FSB"


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#8
May 9, 2011 at 05:38:22
Thank you all, especially mickliq.
Since upgrade is not possible, new board it shall be.
Asus PG541C-MLX is the most likely candidate.
Good night to allfrom Kuala Lumpur.

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#9
May 9, 2011 at 06:30:12
The ASUS P5G41C-M LX does support the Quad, but it still has the old ICH7 southbridge chip.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/In...

Do you need onboard graphics? If not, see if you can find a board based on the Intel P43 / ICH10 chipset combo. For example:

http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-u...


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#10
May 24, 2011 at 10:46:24
Mickliq
Took up your suggestion and went round looking for P43/45 board. Surpringsly though it had been easier to find the P or G41/ICH 7 than the P43/45 board. Could be just the local peculiarity here in Malaysia.
Any how, I have just ended up with a MSI P43-C51 meant for the Q8400 CPU; and it is about to get even more confusing, for me that is.
Now, I have : 1) ACER Aspire M5641-493x with Q6700 - only change, 4G DDR2 RAM from 3G originally); 2) Palit board with E5200 and DDR2 4G RAM dual channel, on board audio knacked and relying on an old Creative Sound Card with KXproject driver, and on board graphic still okay although currently using Gigabyte GRT220; and finally of course 3) the MSI P43 board and the Q8400 CPU .
Any suggestion as to how , with some minor additional hardwares here and there maybe , could it be juggled such that I end up with 2 General -Use Desktops and a knocked-together machine running Windows Server 2008.



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#11
May 24, 2011 at 11:03:38
Mickliq,
Should have mentioned too that the MSI board is of Series MS-7519 (V2.x) and it supports only DDR3 RAM.
Good evening to you ( I presume you reside in the UK) and a very good morning from Kuala Lumpur.

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