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BIOS flash before CPU Upgrade dilema


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#1 rsssmoore

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:14 AM

Hello all, I am rebuilding an old dell Dimension 4300 and here are the specs.

Dell Dimension 4300
Pentium 4 1.6 ghz 256kb/400mhz
300 gb WD Hdd
DVD/CD-RW Drive
3.5 Floppy
1 gb pc133 sdram
250 watt Dell PSU

I am installing a P4 2.4 512kb/400mhz CPU and read that it is imperitive to update the BIOS befor this CPU goes in. The cpu and socket are fried. This will be a new/used mobo and new/used cpu.
How do I know about current BIOS settings without a CPU???

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:40 AM

Well, if you assume that the board your going to be using has never had a BIOS update, you can look the model number up online to find out what BIOS version it had, and that is likely what it is. To verify for certain what BIOS it has on it, you have to have a bootable computer, otherwise you need a working CPU in the socket, and one that the current BIOS recognizes. the question is, on a system this old, is it really worth fixing?

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:47 AM

Yes...Customer wanted a full upgrade from mobo ,to cpu, memory, video, and sound. She is friend of mine and I had all the parts rustled up in no time for about $40.00 plus my discounted time
$80.00 total not bad. Better than $ 450-$ 600 for new...Especially if your a real estate agent in California!!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:46 PM

It turned to be no problem...mobo came with p4 1.5 installed so I updated the BIOS shut down(full). Installed new CPU and all is good. THX.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

no problem glad you figured it out.

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