Well, I do & I don't ...
I've had success in several hardware mods, even involving Dells,
but I am always cautious about advising in matters I don't have exact knowledge of.
You propose to swap the cpu, and retain the mainboard, essentially unchanged.
A Celeron 330 2666mhz with a bus speed of 533 mhz replaced with:
A Pentium 4 running at 2.80 GHz on a 800 MHz front side bus.
A couple other specs to consider are:
1 MB L2 cache
Physically, just carefully pull the old processor
off the mobo, replace it with the new,
add silver stuff,
a new heatsink & fan would be good ... and
power back on ... but what will happen? That is the question, basically.
Best scenario would be no overheating, no voltage problems, fan functioning and BIOS recognition of all components operating properly, which will allow the successful boot of windows.
I wouldn't want to be wrong with my advice.
So, I'd question each detail of difference.
One difference between your Dell and what I work on is their BIOS,
which now recognizes the present cpu.
Will it automatically change everything necessary when you swap cpus,
or will you be able to change those settings yourself?
You have everything backed up?
In case a problem develops?o come on, i know someone knows
That someone is not me, and will necessarily be you
when you do it ...
my best effort now is being a "second party opinion source".
Hang in there, Shroomer
, more advice may yet be posted
that will answer both of our questions ...
or at least a significant percentage or the one that counts, huh?
Edited by phawgg, 04 January 2006 - 05:16 PM.