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Old Socket 7 Processor Upgrade


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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 10:15 PM

have this old IBM computer here and was wondering if upgrading the processor would be worth 5 bucks :thumbsup: . It's an old AMD K6-2 333mhz. Now at my local pawn shop they had quite a few of these socket 7 processors lying around. Now I was wondering if upgrading to a 500mhz AMD processor would be worth the 5 bucks? I know it's really not a big investment at all, but was wondering if there would be a noticeable improvement.

Another option is to go Intel (this socket does work with both intel and amd processors from what I've heard), but they seem to not be as good.

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 10:37 PM

It is worth it for $5, even if just to get to tweak the hardware. I believe you will see a noticeable improvement. How much RAM do you have installed, and how much will it accept?
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 04:56 AM

Make sure of the motherboard's capabilities first - a K6II/333 could be on a 66MHz bus (Socket 7) board. It was a common way to wring the last bit of speed from a 66MHz system. The 500MHz CPU needs a 100MHz bus system (Super Socket 7). Also, if the system is old enough to still be running Windows 95, you'd need to use the AMD 350MHz CPU patch, or go up to Win98. Win95 will have an initialization error with a 500MHz CPU unless the patch is installed first. To complicate matters further, an IBM system may have a BIOS that can only recognise the "official" range of CPUs used in that model. Hope I haven't put you off... :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:37 AM

Thanks for the replies!

It has 192mb of ram. It has one stick of 64mb and one stick of 256mb, but each slot only detects up to 128mb for a total max of 256mb.

Also, I'll see if I can look up the manual. It's running Windows 98SE, and is from 1998-1999.
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 07:26 AM

I'd think that it's worth it just for the experience of doing it. After studying and figuring out all the quirks, you'll have a better understanding of it and how computers work.
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