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Need help with my Q9400

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December 25, 2009 3:59:02 AM

Hey guys, new here.

I need some help with my Q9400 I recently got. Tried installing it, when I start my computer, it 'goes' on, the monitor doesn't come off standby, nor does my power light actually light on but all my fans are zooming.

Here are some specs.

4gb RAM
8800 GT graphics card
600watt Power Supply

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1014159/1014159sp3.sh...
Then the rest is basically there. I'd tell you my specs a little bit better if I could actually get it on.

Any ideas?

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December 25, 2009 4:09:55 AM

Intel fans should be able to confirm but I believe that your problem lies with compatability.

The link you posted lists...

Chipset Intel G965

Which is either not at all compatible with Intel 9XXX procs or requires a BIOS update.
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December 25, 2009 4:18:20 AM

If worsts comes to worst, can anyone suggest a compatible motherboard for or around $100?
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December 25, 2009 4:23:22 AM

Why don't you try a BIOS update first... it's uh, free. Or better yet, find out what BIOS revision you are running, what the most current is that's available, and what the compatible processors are for the most current revision.
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December 25, 2009 4:36:36 AM

A gateway board with a 965 chipset will not run that cpu. No 965 chipsets officially support them as far as I can recall. They only officially support 1066 FSB cpus. There are boards that can run them basically any core2 with a BIOS update but you will not have such a board in a gateway.
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December 25, 2009 4:47:34 AM

Hmm, alright. Thanks for the info. Any suggestions as far as getting a new board is concerned? I'd really like to run this cpu!
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December 25, 2009 4:50:16 AM

P45 I suppose. It's been a while for me, maybe X38's are still available.
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December 25, 2009 4:54:41 AM

Hmm, only $100 NewEgg, thanks for the help man, well appreciated.
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December 25, 2009 4:57:54 AM

A p45 board will do fine. Shouldn't have to spend more than 100 dollars for one. Keep in mind when you switch over to your new motherboard you will need to a clean install of the OS.
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December 25, 2009 5:02:54 AM

Thanks for the info someguy7, will do! Got my OS cd handy right here :)  I'll order it up tomorrow!
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December 25, 2009 5:09:31 AM

I like the Gigabyte boards. The GA-EP45-UD3L should work nicely.
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December 25, 2009 8:43:58 AM

Any P45 boards from ASUS and Gigabyte within your price range should serve you well.
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