TechSpot

Bios

By snowman
Jul 10, 2003
  1. i have an intel mb on my Gateway pc and when i get to the bios screen i cant alter anything. anyone know why?
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Gateway, Dell and the other big boys lock the bios because they have learned from expirience that most of their costs for support came from having to deal with people tampering with the bios.
     
  3. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    crap. isnt there anything i can do?
     
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Buy a new system board. Can't flash the BIOS since they're proprietary.
     
  5. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    then any suggestions where i can find a good one with oc capabuilities?
     
  6. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    I believe ABit and some ASUS boards have good reputation for overclocking. ABIT IT7-Max2v2 & ASUS P4PE Deluxe are some examples of stable boards able to support overclocking to a certain extent.
     
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    You can OC with almost any board, all the mainstream ones...

    What CPU & memory do you have with that Gateway system?
     
  8. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    You might as well buy a whole new computer alltogether.
     
  9. snowman

    snowman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 183

    P3 1 ghz and 1 gb of pc 133. it works great for gaming but i want to oc the cpu a little.
     
  10. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Want overclocking? Go with AMD (1ghz of overclocking is possible). You want lower prices? Go with AMD. AMD performs better before intel's HT (Hyper Threading) processors came out. In that case, that would be ur 1.0GHz, but guess what, you can get a 1700+ for less than a PIII 1.0GHz.
     
  11. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Well, the p3 isn't such a bad cpu at all, so I wouldn't really worry too much about that...

    But you might have some trouble getting a new motherboard that supports the P3 and PC133 ram...

    I seem to recall many people like motherboards based on BX chipset for overclocking, but it's been a long while since I read anything about it...

    You might want to try to search the forums for "BX" "overclocking" or something like that.. You might just find what you're looking for... :)
     
  12. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    AMD 1700+ is cheaper than a PIII 1.0GHz.
     
  13. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Yes, if you're going out to buy a new one, but when he already has one, it's not cheaper....

    That's why I told him to look for a BX based motherboard, since it should be cheaper than buying a new motherboard and cpu...
     
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...