Upgrading a Gateway P5-100 processor

Posted on 1998-10-01
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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
A friend of mine owns a Gateway P5-100 which has a 100 MHz processor.  He wants to upgrade it to Intel Pentium 200 MHz overdrive but believes his motherboard has a socket 5 instead of a socket 7.  He doesn't have any documentation on his system so I'm wondering if anyone knows.  If it is a socket 5 would it make the upgrade more difficult?  Thanks.
Question by:Smitty103097
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arunm earned 150 total points
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I very much doubt he has a "socket 5" motherboard. If the machine is a gateway P5 it must have a socket 7 motherboard. He should be able to use an overdrive chip in it without much trouble. But is this a sensible thing to do? motherboards are so cheap these days and overdrive chips are still relatively expensive. He is probably better of buying a new motherboard and processor. This will yield much better performanace.    

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Sorry im wrong, I read P5 as P6, he will have to upgrade the motherboard.

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thats true he will have to up grade the MB, i think the P5 only goes as far as 166MHz without MMX. Anything faster than that and the MB will have to be upgraded too!!!

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