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Old 12-16-00, 12:05 AM
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I was looking into the Intel Pentium 4 1.4 Ghz processors that just came out, but someone told me that my mother board might not be able to handle that kind of power...so, how can I find out--

a)What kind of motherboard DO I have, and it's capabilities??

b)Is the P4 compatable with it??

...I'm currently running a P3 550 Mhz processor.

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dvdsteve2000 -

The Pentium 4 CPU's will not work on a P3 motherboard. To use the P4's you need to get board with the i850 chipset.

You'll also need to buy RDRAM, which, I believe, is quite a bit more than SDRAM.

Finally you'll probably need a new case and/or power supply. I believe the P4 requires a PS that complies with the ATX 2.03 specification.

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As far as finding out what kind of board you have, is it a name brand system or a custom built system?

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You will need a whole new machine, not just a processor upgrade to get to a P4.

I would recommend you wait until the P4 has an optimized chipset, it will take a while.

In the mean time you can go into your BIOS and see how fast a PIII your motherboard will hold and buy whatever that is. The pIII prices are dropping. You will need s little technical skill in order to do this.
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OK, so I'm a dumb-ass, but how exactly do I get into my bios to see my motherboard settings????
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dvdsteve2000 -

When you first boot up you're system it should show a screen where you're hard drives/cd-rom drives are detected. It should say something like press del/F2/F1/F10 to enter system setup.

What kind of machine is it?
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quote:<HR>Originally posted by feenst:
dvdsteve2000 -

When you first boot up you're system it should show a screen where you're hard drives/cd-rom drives are detected. It should say something like press del/F2/F1/F10 to enter system setup.

What kind of machine is it?
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E-Machines E-Monster 550:

550 Mhz P3 processor, 10X DVD-ROM, 16X10X40 CD-RW, etc...

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dvdsteve2000 -

I don't know if the eMachine board allows for change of CPU speed through BIOS or not. You can check by pressing one of the keys I mentioned when your system first starts up. If you see an eMachines logo (which I think you do) press the escape key. Then press the key it tells you to enter system setup. From there you should look for a menu that says CPU setup or an option within one of the menus that says CPU frequency.

If there is no option within the BIOS it is probably set via jumers or dip switches. To find this out you would have to crack the case. From there you can look on the board for a silkscreen with multiplier information. See what the highest multiplier is.

With an eMachine board though, that might not be on there.
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the monster 550 uses a napoli-2 motherboard from trigem. i was unable to get any info from the website about upgrading of the cpu. it looks like the fastest p3 emachine used the motherboard for is a p3 600. you could always try a faster cpu and see if it works. you are limited to p3's that are using 100 mhz fsb. this motherboard does not support 133 i am sure.

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