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Upgrading to quad core

Hey,
I actually have a Intel Duo-Core and I was wondering about upgrading to a Quad-Core. My question was in upgrading from duo to quad other then buying the new processor is there any changes I would have to make to my motherboard or anything else to achieve this? or do I just have to find one with the correct amount of pins in order to upgrade? Im not sure since the last time I took a computer course was before the whole duo/quad core came out and now ive switched to electronics engineering so any ideas for me?
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  1. I’m guessing that your socket is a LGA 775, so you should be able to put in a core 2 quad as long as your motherboard supports it.
  2. Best answer
    Of course, without the motherboard make and model, we won't know. Most socket 775 boards will support a core 2 quad with a bios update if they don't as is. Check the manufacturer's website and look for CPU support for your motherboard. Check your bios revision against the revision that supports the CPU you want.
  3. Hey,
    Here is some details on my computer, I will still checkout Intel, Phoenix, and ASUSTek Computer INC. to see what I can find but if you have any ideas or suggestions them, just shoot them at me.

    CPU Details
    Name Value Advanced
    Physical Processors: 1
    Logical Processors: 2
    Processor Vendor: Intel(R) Corporation
    Processor Name: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz
    Additional Name: x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2
    Popular Name: Core 2 4400
    Frequency: 2000 MHz

    BIOS Details
    Name Value Advanced
    BIOS Vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    BIOS Type: AT/AT COMPATIBLE
    BIOS Version: 5.19
    Date: 05/30/2007
    Size: 512 KB

    Motherboard Details
    Name Value Advanced
    Motherboard Vendor: ASUSTek Computer INC.
    Motherboard Model: Leonite2
    Version: 6.00

    CPU Properties
    Name Value Advanced
    Floating point unit Supported FPU
    Virtual mode extension Supported VME
    Debugging extensions Supported DE
    Page size extension Supported PSE
    Time stamp counter Supported TSC
    Machine specific registers Supported MSR
    Physical address extension Supported PAE
    Machine check extension Supported MCE
    CMPXCHG8 instrucion support Supported CX8
    APIC Supported APIC
    Fast system call (SYSENTER/SYSEXIT) Supported SEP
    Memory type range registers Supported MTRR
    Page global extension Supported PGE
    Conditional move support Supported CMOV
    Page attribute table Supported PAT
    36-bit page size extension Supported PSE36
    Processor serial number Not Supported PSN
    CLFLUSH instruction support Supported CLFSH
    Debug trace store Supported DS
    Thermal monitor and software controlled clock Supported ACPI
    MMX architecture support Supported MMX
    Fast floating point save (FXSAVE/FXRSTOR) Supported FXSR
    Streaming SIMD instruction support Supported SSE
    Streaming SIMD extensions 2 Supported SSE2
    Self snoop Supported SS
    Hyper-Threading technology Supported HTT
    Thermal monitor support Supported TM
    IA-64 Intel Not Supported IA-64
    Signal break on FERR Supported SBF
    Streaming SIMD extensions 3 Supported SSE3
    MONITOR/MWAIT Supported MON
    CPL qualified debug store Supported CPL
    Virtual machine extension Not Supported VMX
    Enhanced SpeedStep Technology Supported EST
    Thermal Monitor 2 Supported TM2
    Context Id Not Supported CID
    CMPXCHG16B instrucion support Supported CX16
    Send task priority messages Supported xTPR
    Multiprocessing capable Not Supported MP
    No execute page protection Supported NX
    Extended MMX architecture Not Supported MMX+
    AMD64/EM64T Supported x64
    Extended 3DNow! extensions Not Supported 3DNOW+
    3DNow! extensions Not Supported 3DNOW
    LAHF/SAHF support Supported LSAHF
    Core multiprocessing legacy Not Supported CMPL
    Temperature sensor Not Supported TS
    Frequency id Control Not Supported FID
    Voltage id Control Not Supported VID
    Thermal trip Not Supported TPP
    Software thermal control Not Supported STC
    Invariant TSC Not Supported ITSC
  4. Actually i just checked out the HP site on my computer and came up with this , here is the site http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01080268&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=3451988&lang=en But you still think with/or possibly without a bios update its compatable?
    Motherboard description

    * Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS P5LP-LE
    * HP/Compaq name: Leonite2-GL8E

    CPU/Processor

    * Socket: 775
    * Supports the following processors:
    o Core 2 Duo E6x00 (Conroe core) up to E6700
    o Core 2 Duo E4x00 (Conroe core) up to E4400
    o Pentium E2000 series (Conroe core, 1 MB cache) up to E2160
    o Pentium 4 6x1 series (Cedar Mill core) up to 661 (3.6 GHz)
    o Celeron (Conroe core) up to 440
    o Celeron D 3xx series (Cedar Mill core) up to 365 (3.6 GHz)
  5. That's your computer? You didn't mention before that it was and OEM. They don't provide bios updates. The support list is what you get. There is a small chance that something new might work, but you never know until you try.
  6. Yeah, I didnt really think about that one sorry forgot to mention it. I never really looked that far into upgrading cpu before its mostly been just buying a new one. But basiclly im out of luck then huh? I guess to upgrade Ill have to go all out with motherboard and all. Thanks for the help anyway
  7. jr_2431 said:
    Actually i just checked out the HP site on my computer and came up with this , here is the site http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01080268&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=3451988&lang=en But you still think with/or possibly without a bios update its compatable?
    Motherboard description

    * Motherboard manufacturer's name: ASUS P5LP-LE
    * HP/Compaq name: Leonite2-GL8E

    CPU/Processor

    * Socket: 775
    * Supports the following processors:
    o Core 2 Duo E6x00 (Conroe core) up to E6700
    o Core 2 Duo E4x00 (Conroe core) up to E4400
    o Pentium E2000 series (Conroe core, 1 MB cache) up to E2160
    o Pentium 4 6x1 series (Cedar Mill core) up to 661 (3.6 GHz)
    o Celeron (Conroe core) up to 440
    o Celeron D 3xx series (Cedar Mill core) up to 365 (3.6 GHz)


    Welcome to the world of OEM, where they don't provide support for new cpu's and are poorly designed for upgrades in general, they would rather you pay them for a new computer than pay someone else for parts to upgrade.
  8. Best answer selected by jr_2431.
  9. Agreed
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