Pavilion a1130n: Looking to Upgrade CPU

Yeah, it's old. I've got a HP from 2005, and it's run like a champ! However, I need to upgrade the CPU and trying to find out what is the max CPU that my comp can handle.

Motherboard: MSI Albacore 1.0
Chipset: ATI Express 200 (RS480)
Southbridge: ATI SB400

Video: 512MB GeForce 8500GT
BIOS Version date: Pheonix Tech 4/11/2005
2GB DDR Ram
Windows XP SP2
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  1. Pandemonium said:
    Yeah, it's old. I've got a HP from 2005, and it's run like a champ! However, I need to upgrade the CPU and trying to find out what is the max CPU that my comp can handle.

    Motherboard: MSI Albacore 1.0
    Chipset: ATI Express 200 (RS480)
    Southbridge: ATI SB400

    Video: 512MB GeForce 8500GT
    BIOS Version date: Pheonix Tech 4/11/2005
    2GB DDR Ram
    Windows XP SP2



    Sorry. Current CPU is AMD 64 3500+ (2.2 Ghz)
    Socket 939
  2. Hi there, I know Socket 939 can support up to a dual core Athlon 64 X2 4800+, but im not sure about what CPU the mobo chipset supports, but after a little bit of googling it turns out that you might need to update your BIOS, you may find this thread useful:
    http://forums.amd.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=21&threadid=95524

    Hope I've been of some help :-)
  3. Good luck finding any socket 939 dual-core CPUs. They stopped making them a few years ago, and they dried up pretty quickly. The only ones you can find nowadays are either used or incredibly overpriced. You'd be better off getting a new motherboard and processor.
  4. AD is right. Your old MB also may not be able to handle the power requirements of a dual-core 939, even if you can find a BIOS that works.
  5. Aloha
    Just wanted to post that I was able to upgrade to a 4200+ x2 after updating the bios to version 3.47.
    Only issue i had was that the bios was 32 bit and i am running 64 bit windows 7 on this pc.
    I have been running windows 7 for quite a while without any issues on this pc.
    Was able to flash the bios using mini xp from hirens boot cd.
    very happy that worked as i was not looking forward to installing windows xp just to flash the bios.
    scott
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