Solved Looking for newer BIOS for Gateway DX4200-09 to upgrade CPU.

April 8, 2018 at 23:06:06
Specs: Windows 10
Ok - I may need to update the BIOS in order to support a newer (prospective) CPU. Since manufacturers mask the actual board identity, and Gateway hasn't published a new BIOS since the model's release, I'm looking.

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#1
April 8, 2018 at 23:17:43
How to Check Your BIOS Version and Update it
http://www.howtogeek.com/196916/how...
Create BIOS Update CD
http://www.bay-wolf.com/bootcd-bios...
How To Update The BIOS Of Your Computer's Motherboard In 5 Steps
http://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-...
How To Update The BIOS Of Your Computer's Motherboard In 5 Steps
http://www.7tutorials.com/how-updat...

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April 9, 2018 at 07:31:12
Understand that though the motherboards that system manufactures purchase are generally based on retail versions of motherboards they are most often different than the original boards. This often means different internal components so it is very risky to use a BIOS other than the one intended for the one you have based on their web site. The BIOS you install may not work at all and in this case you may lose the possibility of even changing it back to the prior one. This means that there is a real possibility that the motherboard may never work again - you need to face this if you go down this road.

Are you sure that the chipset itself supports the CPU you have chosen? If not then it would never work. This is always assuming that the socket is the same on the newer CPU. Since you have chosen not to supply any of this information was cannot offer an opinion on this.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 9, 2018 at 12:13:32
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From what I could find, that motherboard "Supports AMD® Socket AM2+ (940 pin), AMD Phenom™ (95 W), Athlon™ 64 X2, Athlon 64, and Sempron™ processors".

You might be able to run a socket AM3 Phenom II or Athlon II without a BIOS update. The BIOS will recognize it as "unknown processor". Just make sure the CPU is rated at 95W or less. It's a gamble whether it will work or not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...


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#4
July 28, 2018 at 09:40:17
Well, haven't gotten to the CPU upgrade, electing instead to upgrade the RAM from 4GB to 8GB. Unfortunately, it appears the board doesn't want to run both the OEM RAM and the CRUCIAL RAM (although either pair of 2x2GB work fine). Wasn't sure if its a problem with the upper two slots, or a clock rate difference between the RAM pairs. Ugh.

Symptom is slow flashing lamp behind start/power button. No POST beeps.

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#5
July 28, 2018 at 21:08:33
Ideally the memory should be the same speed, voltage, and latency numbers to run well, sometimes at all. Compare the numbers between the two memory sticks. Try first running the higher voltage of the two if different. Then try running the same speed, probably the lower one (at least initially). Then try the looser timings (higher numbers) on the other (Latency, etc.) numbers. The slower memory may be able to run the faster speed with the looser timings (overclock) but it is more important to see if you can get them to run together first.

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September 6, 2018 at 22:43:05
Went ahead and purchased another (identical) pair of the Crucial ram, and the board still refuses to operate with more than two sticks of ram (yeah, the new ram works, as well as the old 'new' ram). Looking to see if there's an unset setting or jumper on the mobo to enable the upper pair of memory sockets.

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