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February 9, 2010 3:16:07 PM

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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February 9, 2010 3:38:38 PM

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.
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February 9, 2010 4:17:39 PM

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.
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February 10, 2010 5:42:03 PM

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
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February 10, 2010 5:48:17 PM

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=c01... 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)
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February 10, 2010 5:53:24 PM

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.
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February 10, 2010 5:58:55 PM

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
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February 10, 2010 5:59:31 PM

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=c01... 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.
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February 10, 2010 6:00:05 PM

Best answer selected by jr_2431.
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February 10, 2010 6:01:09 PM

Agreed
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