Bios Upgrade

  Terry Brown 15:36 05 Mar 2004

I hav ean Elite Motherboard K7S5A with a bios date of April 02 2001. Currenly I am using a Athlon 800 cpu (old but works OK, if slowly)and I would like to put a Athlon XP 2000 Cpu in it. Would I ned a bios upgrade, or would this bios be acceptable. I know you need a bios upgrade for xp2400.Many thanks.Terry

  Eric10 15:48 05 Mar 2004

click here It seems that you will need an updated BIOS. It says that AMD XP chips are supported on this board since bios 02/09/08 which is 2002.

  Chaz10 15:54 05 Mar 2004

Before you upgrade your CPU have a look at the site below as it highlights some probs with the k7s5a, hope it helps.

click here

  LastChip 15:57 05 Mar 2004

Beware. There are four different versions of that motherboard. Make sure you have the correct version.

The easiest way to find out, is look at wherever you setup the FSB and multiplier and see if you can set 133 x12.5 (2000XP) or 133 x 15 (2400XP).

  LastChip 16:15 05 Mar 2004

Be careful of the table offered by Eric10. I also looked at this, but take careful note of Notice 1. It ONLY refers to RECENT SHIPMENTS. How do you determine what that means? What it doesn't tell you, is what was supported prior to this list. The BIOS history is no help either! It gives no indication of what chips were supported at what stage of the cycle. Lousy technical support!

It looks like the list was compiled on 18/03/03, so I suspect yours wouldn't be regarded as recent!

  ardvarc 18:03 05 Mar 2004

Find out your MoBo model and see below. See K series. Also good info for flashing BIOS.

click here

  Terry Brown 15:29 08 Mar 2004

Thanks to all for your input, I have decided to opt for one of the motherboard bundles from maplin ( click here ), and upgrade my system completly, instead of 'Tinkering' around with an old Motherboard.

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