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I have just upgraded my CPU in my mobo but after a few minutes the PC freezes.
The CPU is a 1.2ghz Duron. The mobo is a PC chips M810LR. Running Win98,geforce2 mx 400
In the manual it says it will only take a Duron cpu upto 850mhz.
When the Pc boots the BIOS says AMD unknown Athlon 1.20
If I go in to the BIOS to change the settings in the
CPU PnP Setup -
CPU type   Duron
CPU Speed   a= with a hyfon above the a????????
CPU Core Voltage   1.744 MHZ
CPU Ratio    a= with a hyfon above the a again,??????
CPU Frequency 100 or 133 MHZ
DRAM Frequency 100 or 133 MHZ
I am quite sure it has something to do with the BIOS not recognizing the CPU,but i am not sure.
If so could anyone suggest a good site for the upgrade,
and are there many problems with upgrading the bios,I've built a number of systems but I have never flashed a BIOS

What does the a= mean???

Any help please........
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If the manual says it will only take an 850 there is your key.  The CPU is not recognized or supported.  Get a new and compatible mobo.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Wow...shocking that a CPU that's not supported on your board doesn't work.  That is a stumper.

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Actually from the sounds of it, all you need to do is upgrade your bios.

Go to the pcchips website , look up your board and see if there is a bios update that increases processor compatibility.

Also make sure your 1.2Duron (which if I remember correctly IS) 100mhz and not 133mhz

your board should be compatible with the correct bios version.

Good luck,
BOFH
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http://www.pcchips.com.tw/BIOS.html

dont forget to download the bios flash util

Format a floppy disk , make it bootable
(or download a bootable floppy image from the web)

get the bios file for your motherboard

boot from the floppy, and follow instructions from bios program
(p.s. it helps to make a note of the .bin file for giving the flash utility when its running)

BOFH
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Sure are getting alot of questions lately about these cruddy PCChips motherboards...

You can try updating the BIOS (with the old chip installed):
ftp://210.17.18.14/bios/m810lmr/011213s.zip

You'll need one of their BIOS flash utilities also, but who knows which one since their website is so terrible.  I'd guess the AMI Flash (ftp://203.161.230.35/pub/utility/aminf331.zip) if their color coded links are any indication.  And don't hold your breath for downloading those files, mine is blazing along at < 500 bytes/sec.

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Ooop BOFH your comments weren't showing when I posted my last update.  For some reason our dumb proxy server insists on caching EE pages for about 2 hours after they're visited and I can't get around it.

No poach intended.

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If your PC boots and counts memory the processor works fine, probably you have heat problems, do you use the same fan/heatsink from old processor ???
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Without the processor being recognized and properly configured for the mobo it is impossible to say that it is functioning properly.  Do what you want, believe whatever you want.  The best thing to do is replace the mobo with one that is capable of handling your processor before you crispy fry the mobo, processor, or both.
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Try to update your bios, but before don't forget to mount old processor ...
Problem with  flash bios = dead motherboard

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FYI the duron 1.2 ghz processor uses a differnt core than the 850 mhz and below. a bios upgrade may fix the problem but i really dought it because of the differnce in the core. you will want to check the list of improvements and fixes that go along with the bios upgrade. if it is not listed that they added support for the newer cpu then your only alternives are to get a new mother board or use the old processor.
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CPU Core Voltage   1.744 MHZ

That's a frequency, not a core voltage?
Try setting the core voltage to 2.2V if you can.
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Hey Joe the man probably want to say 1.744V, all Durons, Athlons are maked with 0.18Mkm process and they use core voltage between 1.4-1.8V how are you with 2.2V?????!!!!/Usualy Socket A MB's will give you only 1.85 V max!!!/
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I've taken the machine in to get the BIOS upgraded. I will see if that works and let you know.
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How much will that cost you?  Probably as much as a new mobo.  Oh well, it's your money.
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