no. only support 65nm c2d if lucky but most likely no
thx for replies noticed the v3.0 of this mobo supports core 2 duo and sports the same specs on the chipset (link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135034 ). I want to install the e2180 allendale which has the 65 nm, 775 socket spec. All failing, I can just cough up the $ and replace the mobo. Any other comments/experiences greatly appreciated.
Use cpuid to id your motherboard version. You can try the 2160 and if it doesn't work, sell your old board or even try flashing the bios with the version 3.0 update. It's a little risky; I've used the ECS windows flash program successfully, but you have to save both the bios file and windows flash program. I use the documents file to store them. When you download the file, you may have to enter the bios file number when prompted or click on it in the documents file to open it. Then the flashing procedure starts, or the bios file will refuse to load with your board if it's an older version.
o1die huge thanks for pointing out that bios update. I'm confident my mobo is a v1.1; it's listed as so on the box and printed on the physical mobo itself. CPU-Z confirms it as version 1.X
I'm not sure if there;s any way to confirm whether the BIOS update will accept or reject my setup without attempting to flash. The update files list as "BIOS for 945P-A (PCB:3.X)" AFUWIN does list my system information and selects the ROM file with no problem. Do you think flashing, if necessary, will follow through?