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My motherboard says I'm over the 95w TDP limit but...

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August 10, 2010 6:03:38 AM

When I power on my computer, after the first screen, I get this message saying "The Max Power of the cpu is 95w". Then it started the countdown for shutdown. I went on a little investigation to check the TDP of my P4 processor chip(it is 3.2 ghz), and it shows specs of 84-86w. I was able to bypass the shutdown process after pressing the F10 key for some reason. What gives?

My motherboard is a Biostar model 945GC-M4. It's weird how it accepts DDR2 RAM, my highest is 667 mhz which is installed, and a 16x PCI-E, but it's only a 478 socket motherboard that has a 95w limit. These things don't seem to balance out too well. I only found out again about TDP after I made the purchase however. I don't want to return it, because it's the only 478 mobo they had, and they charge a 20% restocking fee, so if I go to the other PC shop I had in mind, I have to pay $30, plus the risk of not having a DDR2 socket, although I do have a DDR RAM chip. I still would have wasted $32 on a new DDR2 RAM chip, which I would have to resell at a lower value. I also have a 600 watt power supply if that helps any.

Also if you guys could give me a hand on how to get front panel HD audio with a tower case that only has AC 97 connectors that would be great as well, thanks!
August 10, 2010 6:22:44 AM

Check biostars website for cpu support for your mother board. Also give them a call if necassery good luck.
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August 10, 2010 6:27:55 AM

Yeah, I'd rather call and get faster support, but unfortunately, since it's an international company(it's based in Taiwan I think), it seems to be one of those that only offer the snail "e-support". Well, it's pretty much like Steam's staff support too anyway. Thanks for the help though.
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August 10, 2010 6:34:34 AM

local support in city of industry ca check there website for the number good luck
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