will mobo recognise a sempron cpu?

  dfghjkl 17:00 16 Jan 2005

hello all,i have a msi kt4l mobo,it is about 18 months old.will it accept a sempron cpu without a bios flash i have a xp cpu in it now and could do it as i have live update but i am a bit scared to be honest.and if i dont need to then i dont want to.i dont care if it recognises it as an xp as long as it will still run it as it should.thanks,peter.

  Mr Mistoffelees 17:30 16 Jan 2005

How fast is your Athlon XP? If you have one of the faster ones there would be little point in swapping it for a Sempron.

  dfghjkl 17:41 16 Jan 2005

i am putting my xp2500+ in a new motherboard so am buying cheap cpu for the kids to use so that is why i need to know.

  TECHNODIMWIT 18:24 16 Jan 2005

suspect you may need to upgrade the bios, but if the speed is set yuo should be ok, just have the pc showing it as a xp or duron.

  Belatucadrus 20:11 16 Jan 2005

Semprons have a higher 333Mhz fsb than Athlons 266Mhz, so I don't think an 18 month old board is likely to work properly without a BIOS update. Check the MOBO manual I could be wrong.

  dan11 20:23 16 Jan 2005

If you are taking out a 2500+, then you board does run at 333fsb. The 2500+ is a barton running at 1.83 ghz i.e. 11 X 166.With 512 cache.

What size sempron are you thinking of putting in?

  dfghjkl 20:54 16 Jan 2005

there is no problem with the fsb.i just wanted to know if it would work without a bios flash.please dont take offence at this but i fully understand fsb settings,in fact i am aware of the technical settings 166/333 i know it has a locked multiplier set at 9 i know it will work on my kt4 what i dont know is.will it need a bios flash?i am also aware that my 2500+ has a L2 512 cach and that the sempron that i want is 256 ([email protected]£30)

  bremner 20:59 16 Jan 2005

click here

There does seem to be a BIOS upgrade to enable Semperon use.

  dan11 21:04 16 Jan 2005


No offence taken.:-)

  dfghjkl 21:10 16 Jan 2005

thanks i know that there is a bios update available and that it will then show it as what it is ie a sempron 2200.what i want to know is will it work without the flash,i dont mind if is shows it as a duron or xp as long as it works.i thought someone might have upgraded their cpu to a sempron but i guess not.

  georgemac 21:32 16 Jan 2005

I would try the MSI user community forum click here someone there may have the answer

I have flashed the bios on both my amd boards - no problems at all as long as you make sure you have the right file for your board and you follow the instructions - I think I used live update to find the correct bios files.

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