I am trying to eek a few extras months of use from my hardware before i doa major upgrade so decided to replace my single core athlon 3200 (socket 939, venice core) with a dual core 4800 X2.
I picked up this chip cheap second hand and actually saw it working in a machine which i now have no access with to verify it again. The motherboard being used is an abit av8 with an AGP slot (no onboard vga) I have updated it to the newest bios (28) and have set up the bios. The post screen detects everything fine - chip/ram/drives/etc but as soon as it tries to load windows (ff on mobo code) then it flicks directly to a black screen and halts.
I have tried loading it with the existing windows install on the harddrive and also with a black hardrive with the bios set to load from cdrom first so i could attempt a fresh windows install. But the same problem as soon as the "windows is examining your hardware" screen flicks on, 1 second later it goes black and halts.
If i replace the original 3200 chip then everything is fine. Am i correct in assuming that this chip is broken in some way between picking it up and installing it (about a week) or is there something else i can try??
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