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Adding a 2nd CPU to IBM Netfinity

Posted on 2004-10-28
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Hey experts! I have an IBM Netfinity 5000 ( model # 865941y), to which I have just bought a second CPU for. It is the same as the one that is already in the unit. (550mhz PIII).
After I installed it, it still does not show that it is installed.

Why, and what do I need to do?

Help Please,
Question by:operatr
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ID: 12444777
Is it being detected in the BIOS?  This has to be correct in order for Windows to detect it.  Windows has a different mode for multiprocessor configuration: http://www.winnetmag.com/Windows/Article/ArticleID/21365/21365.html

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ID: 12446576
No, when it boots up it shows only on processor detected, but the light on the front shows a "caution" light. I am running Fedora 1 as the OS.
I hope this makes sense, and you experts can help.

Thanks for the response.
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Is there a setting in the BIOS that configures it as a dual cpu system?  Are both cpus the same model and stepping?
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ID: 12447519
Callandor probably has the right solution there I'm pretty sure it wuoldn't be the same model and stepping if he just bought it now.

In which case your only solution would be to buy two identicle processors now with the same stepping and just get rid of your old one.

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ID: 12449033
How do I determine the stepping. Never had to deal with that. I was told from a freind of a friend (LOL) that I may need a VRM. What is a VRM and does this sound like it would fix it also?
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Callandor earned 500 total points
ID: 12449638
Get CPU-Z: http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php#download - it will identify the model, stepping and revision.

A VRM is a voltage regulation module.  They are made for particular motherboards to insure the voltage is steady.
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