P3 motherboard

  C_N 14:08 14 Jul 2004

I have acquired a pentium 3 600Mhz, currently my computer contains a Celeron 366Mhz. Obviously I want to put in my Pentium 3 but when I do and turn on my machine it says Pentium II 450Mhz and will not respond. I figure this is because my bios is too old to recognise the newer P3 but how do I do that? I know I can't just download one. Can you change the chip? If thats a bad idea can I get a new motherboard that still uses PC100 RAM and will accept the kind of processor that stands up at 90 degrees to the board but recognises P3 600Mhz? What kind of year am I looking at for a board that will recognise a P3 600Mhz? Thanks.

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 14:22 14 Jul 2004

first port of call grab a copy of belarc or aida

Belarc click here
Aida click here

This should tell you what mobo you have then go to the manufacturers website you can download the
manual which should tell you max processsor size and may also have bios flashing utilities
be warned if you do have to flash the bios this can be risky read instructions follow to the letter because one mistake could be curtains for your bios

  C_N 14:27 14 Jul 2004

Hey thanks Zaphod, just what I was after.

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