Uprgrading a lower end system's chip

By TrevorLClan
Dec 6, 2007
  1. I have a computer set up in my room thats not the greatest thing arround...1gb ram, 128mb graphics card, 40 gb hard drive, and a 1.5 ghz cpu. I recently got a 2.26ghz p 4 that i want to upgrade to...but when i plug it in and turn it on it just gradually brightens up to a dark blue or navy color screen and just sits text or anything... HELP PLEASE...i would really like to get it a little faster so i can play some games on it. And this isnt like a newb question necessarily. I put the heatsink on along with some grease and plugged the fan in...its exactly set up the way my 1.5 p4 is, it just wont do anything...and ive tried it on two systems and does the same thing.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Sounds like your mobo doesnt support the newer processor.

    You could try clearing the cmos (refer to the mobo manual for that) but I doubt it will make a difference, but you wont know until you try.
  3. TrevorLClan

    TrevorLClan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    bummer deal...i dont have the manual...its an older computer and was bought (found out recently) from a shop who deals most stuff illegaly...we didnt get any manuals with xp disc, no anything.

    is there like a general method to it...cuz i might just buy a new mobo and plop it in...but if i can get this to work for the time being it would be cool
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    You can locate and remove the bios battery for a few minutes while the pc is unplugged from the mains supply then re-fit the battery. There's no guarantee it will help tho and you will have to re-configure the bios if it works or not.
  5. TrevorLClan

    TrevorLClan TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I take it you are also buying a new processor too? That mobo is for an lga775 and if the 2.26ghz cpu fits into your current mobo then i very much doubt it will fit into the new mobo. I may be wrong tho, i'm no expert on intel cpu's as im an amd man.
  7. you use a 286

    you use a 286 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    just get a new computer
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Do not buy that mobo unless you're planning to buy a new CPU as well. From the looks of it, you have a Socket 478-based motherboard ATM and so your new CPU is of the same sort. It won't fit into the motherboard you plan on buying.
    First things first, use Everest Home Edition or SIW (Google for them) and post your motherboard model and manufacturer name here. Or, if you want to do it yourself, go to the motherboard manufacturer's site, once you have that info, and search for your motherboard model. Download the latest BIOS update and use it to update your BIOS to the latest version, following any instructions (included with the update or on the website) precisely. Then try installing your new CPU.
  9. TrevorLClan

    TrevorLClan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i was planning on just buying the mobo...but if my processor wont fit then ill just buy a core 2 or something
  10. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    If you go the new motherboard and cpu route, you are going to need a windows disc and key. Keep that in consideration as well. Is your computer a custom build? If so, can you open it up and find out what kind of motherboard you have? You may just need a bios update to accept the new processor.
  11. TrevorLClan

    TrevorLClan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its a compaq, kinda old may be custom built (it came from a crap store) but i dont know. Id rather just buy a new mobo and proc.

    but why will i need to get the windows cd and key out...its on the harddrive
    its not that hard, but just woundering
  12. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Compaq windows installation is only for use on a compaq pc. You will definately need a new cd and key.
  13. mica3speedy

    mica3speedy TS Rookie Posts: 89

    also, when you replace the motherboard, windows doesn't like it and causes problems. The best solution to that is a clean install of windows
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