Upgrading Processor

Pcchips / M925g
January 28, 2010 at 14:37:20
Specs: Windows XP Pro, P4/1Gb(2x512)
My PC has a PCCHIPS M925G Motherboard with P4 - Northwood 1.8A GHz (512K,400,Socket 478) 1GB (2x512) DDR RAM Memory.
I wish to upgrade it to a P4 - Northwood (HT) 3.06 GHz (512K,533,Socket 478). Would the motherboard support that processor?
or should be better to upgrade it only to 2.8GHz
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#1
January 28, 2010 at 15:50:05

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#2
January 28, 2010 at 15:53:57
There are 3 different Revisions of the mboard model.
The Revision number of the mboard is printed directly on the surface of the mboard. e.g. Rev 1.1 or R 1.1
(That's NOT the same thing as the bios version number.)

List of the Revisions of this model on this third party site:
http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-PC_CH...

Choose the revision number of yours, and take a look there.
The specific cpu part numbers are shown on the left.

Also consult the PCChips web site. Look up the Cpu compatibility list for your model, AND the proper revision, if there are separate listings for the revisions. That list often also has information about which bios version the mboard must have in order to support the cpu you want to use.
If your present bios version is not high enough, you must flash the bios to the latest (non-beta) version when the system is working with a cpu it does recognize properly. Read the flash instructions there, usually found where the bios updates are. The safest way to flash is by using the bootable floppy method. If you choose that method, make sure the floppy has no undetected bad sectors BEFORE you place the flash files on it. Format the floppy (RIGHT click on A when the floppy is in the drive, choose Format). Don't change any default settings. When the format has finished, RIGHT click on A when the floppy is in the drive, choose Properties.
The capacity should be 1,457,664 bytes. If it isn't I don't recommend you use that floppy - it has bad bytes and it may develop more at any time. Try formatting another floppy instead.



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#3
January 28, 2010 at 17:35:31
My guess is you will not see much of an improvement for all the work. Unless you get the processor very cheap it might be better to think about a cpu and motherboard upgrade. Even an Atom has faster ram.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#4
January 28, 2010 at 20:16:37
I have found many 2.80 Ghz 512K,Bus 533,Socket 478,but only few 512K,Bus 400,Socket 478; could be a problem installing Bus 533 instead of Bus 400?

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#5
January 28, 2010 at 21:22:25
Look at the Cpu compatibility list for your model, AND the proper revision, on the PCChips web site!
Read the manual for your model ! If you don't have it, the PCChipsweb site probably does.You might need to install all faster ram to support the 533mhz cpus, but I'm not sure.

"My guess is you will not see much of an improvement for all the work."

I agree with that.


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#6
January 29, 2010 at 06:05:07
I appreciate all support received by jam , tubesandwires and jefro. Following all their advices ,I have decided to leave my machine as it is now. Thanks guys!!!

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#7
January 29, 2010 at 07:17:48
If I may think to change MB,which one would you recommend as being not too expensive and make difference with the old M925G

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#8
January 29, 2010 at 17:35:43
Almost all newer boards support much faster ram. That along with some cpu changes seem to increase the observed speed. Just depends on how much you want to spend. Many online places and your local stores ought to have a good MB/CPU combo and might add in some ram.

Guess you could buy a basic new system and add in your old parts and get Windows 7.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#9
January 30, 2010 at 12:20:15
Thanks Jefro,

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