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Replacement CPU Compaq Presario

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Who can tell me what the fastest replacement CPU I can install in a Compaq Presario 5000 series, model 5WV251.  It currently has a 750Mhz AMD Duron and uses 100Mhz SyncDRAM.  

I don't want to have to replace the motherboard, memory or anything else.
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hm, to takers?  So would more points help?
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You could try using this program to anylize your system and provide options for upgrade. The Compaq site will require some more searching on my part to see if there is any upgrade info for your exact model. You would have better luck going there yourself and plugging in your serial number for precise info.

http://www.powerleap.com/Products/ccp.htm

http://www.compaq.com
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magarity earned 100 total points
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Is the CPU dead or are you looking to upgrade?  If upgrade, I suggest an Athlon (instead of Duron) of the same or only slightly higher speed as long as it is also a 100Mhz system bus (it will be listed as a 200).  If you go with a faster Athlon, be sure to buy a new heatsink and fan.  Compaq has certainly put in the minimum heatsink possible.

Compaq will never admit the thing is upgradeable, so no one will be able to give you an absolute answer.  However, we can give you an educated guess that you should be able to use a regular Athlon Thunderbird as long as it is a 200 bus and fits the socket.  The multipliers are locked and part of the chip, not the motherboard.
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magarity - seeing as you are skeptical about Compaq - I called them.

They were very helpful.  For anyone else that's interested:  this machine has an FIC AZ31 motherboard, which accepts up to 1.3Ghz AMD Athlon (socket A) with FSB of 200Mhz.  The FSB speed is adjustable using a jumper next to the on board IDE connector.

jlauster - I took a look at http://www.powerleap.com/Products/ccp.htm, didn't seem to give me any upgrade options.  I'd already been to http://www.compaq.com (first stop) and didn't find anything definitive.

I think I'll keep the points (on behalf of Compaq!).
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Ah, so Compaq confirms what I said, great!
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except they actually told me the  _fastest_replacement_CPU_ which is what I wanted to know

Thanks anyway
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You will find that leads from experts here will help you find the solution to your problems, as often as they are able to solve them. We do not always know the answer, but can usually point you in the right direction.

If you found no useful information in the comments, post a zero points question with a link to this one in Community Support and ask to have the question deleted.

I think that there is valuable information here, so I would suggest that if you do not award this question for points, that you at least ask in CS that the question be put in the PAQs for future members to browse.

Thanks,
John
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Jerk.  I advise everyone to avoid trying to help kpkp in the future
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magarity, perhaps you would like to explain your comment?  Are you offended that I accepted you comment as an answer?  As jlauster says 'leads from experts here will help you find the solution to your problems'.  I thought your comments were the most helpful in leading to me to the answer I was looking for.  I didn't want the points back, I have plenty thanks and hardly every ask questions - so I awarded the points appropriately.

I don't think calling me a jerk and advising people not to help me is very constructive behaviour, especially from someone who has been taking part in ee for the length of time you have.
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magarity,

You've been around for a while, and should know better. The only person you've made look bad here is yourself.

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kpkp... i think magarity's response may have been to the grade you gave him, not the fact that you accepted his answer.

"Although we use an A-C scale here at Experts Exchange, it works differently than, say, school grades. If one or more Experts' proposals are accepted as answers, they should usually be given an A or B grade, since they have taken the time to provide you with a working solution. If a possible solution is incomplete - ask for clarification or details before accepting the answer and grading it. People should not be given lower grades because of incorrect grammar or because you just accepted their answer or comment to close the question. Keep in mind, your question and any follow-up comments should be focused so that there can be a specific answer. The following is a good guideline to follow when grading:

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