Gateway E-4200 450 CPU upgrade

Gateway desktop / E-4200
June 12, 2010 at 21:32:55
Specs: Ubuntu 8.04, P3 400Mhz/600mb
So I have this old computer running ubuntu 8.04 LTS acting as a basic file sharing server. I was just wondering if it was possible to upgrade the CPU at all. It currently has a P3 Slot 1 running at 400Mhz I believe, I'll double check next time I sit down in front of it.

I'm not really sure what the FSB on it is, so I'm not sure what CPU I could use...

Anyone have any ideas?


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#1
June 12, 2010 at 22:47:16
It's probably a 450MHz P3.

First-gen P3 systems used the 440BX chipset. While many enthusiast BX boards could handle 133MHz, even 150MHz bus speeds, a Gateway BX board would be limited to 100MHz.

The fastest 100MHz FSB processor Intel made was the 1.4GHz Celeron (Tualatin core). You'd need a Slot 1 to FC-PGA2 adaptor to run the Tualeron on your board. However, the 1GHz/100 Pentium III (Coppermine core) would probably be a safer choice. I doubt that Gateway released a Tualatin-ready BIOS for that rig.

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#2
June 13, 2010 at 06:19:55
If memory serves, E4200's were PII-400's. PII's maxed-out at 450MHz, so there's not much room for an upgrade (short of a new mobo or machine). And an additional 50MHz may not be worth the trouble. Only other chance may be to find an (extremely-rare) Evergreen or PowerLeap upgrade.

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#3
June 13, 2010 at 09:59:35
Thanks!

It is a P3 450MHz....

would the 1GHz/100 Pentium III need the adapter as well?

I guess its too much trouble than it deserves, I'll just load it up with a ton of RAM and wait until another old one filters down...


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#4
June 13, 2010 at 16:13:04
Too bad, they probably won't let me offer a deal on a P4 2.4 400 /MB combo on an open forum.

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#5
June 13, 2010 at 22:17:17
"would the 1GHz/100 Pentium III need the adapter as well?"

There is a Slot 1 version of the 1000/100. They are rare compared to the 1000/133s.

If you can find a 1000/100 on eBay for less than $15-20 shipped, go for it. The on-chip cache of the Coppermine core makes it much faster per clock cycle than your current Katmai P3. That + 550MHz would make your PC noticeably quicker.

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#6
June 14, 2010 at 07:19:50
You can get a 800-900 slot 1 pentium III on ebay for less than $10 shipped. A nice upgrade for the price.

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