Ok so first of all, can someone confirm that the new processor IS FOR SURE compatible with my current motherboard?
Second of all, im pretty sure that I have to do a "BIOS Flash". I have found the newest bios (I think) for my computer here: http://gd.panam.acer.com/home/
Go to desktop>aspire>e380. There is a tab for BIOS. Is this the newest one? Am I supposed to download that and install it somehow? How do I install it?
Most importantly, lets say I just download that in advance, lets say today, will I be able to use my computer WITHOUT the new processor installed? By flashing the BIOS, does that make your computer un-usable until you get a new processor?
Ok, and once I flash it, am I good to install the new processor? I need to use that thermal compound stuff right?
Is it as easy as just putting the new processor in, turning on your computer, and it will work?
sorry that was really long but thank you!
*by the way, with that acer website, it asked me to select my region. There was no United states option, the closest thign to united states was "Pan America" so that was what i selected. not sure if that matters.
Although AM3 processors are physically compatible with AM2 motherboards, most AM2 motherboards don't offer BIOS support for AM2+ or AM3 processors. There are also a number of AM2+ motherboards, that due to lack of a BIOS update, cannot use AM3 processors. AMD made the processors socket compatible, but it is still up to the motherboard manufacturer to release a new BIOS for software compatibility.