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Why wont it start! q9550

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March 30, 2010 3:16:03 PM

Hello, i'm having some troubles with my motherboard and the q9550 quad core processor.

Today i went to the store for a new processor, and before that i did some research on my motherboard which is and

MSI BOSTON G31_ICH7-6A79OM4FC-00, which clearly states already in the number, that it has the g31 chip for quad core support.

But as soon as i've put it into the pc and start it, it says unsupported cpu.

Any ideas?

Regards,
Nicko

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March 30, 2010 4:09:24 PM

OK yes the chipset can support that processor but your motherboar prob can't. That motherboard what is it in a compaq or an HP system you will have to see if you can find a bios update from the manufacturer. Yes your chipset can run it but unless the manufacturer puts support in the bios it will not work.
March 30, 2010 4:09:53 PM

Okay thanks, i'll see if i can find a bios update.
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March 30, 2010 4:26:53 PM

As i'm looking for the drivers on the msi site, i'm not capable of finding the motherboard. And it's a compaq.
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March 30, 2010 4:30:56 PM

You have to look on Compaq site MSI will not have any info on it since it is specifically made for Compaq so its is their responsibility to offer updates for the board.

Can you give me the Compaq model number I will help you find it.
March 30, 2010 4:32:49 PM

It's and compaq sr5611sc, and i've found something else.. the chipset is p35/g33/g31 .. and it should really support as a default.
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March 30, 2010 4:34:47 PM

Like I said yes the chipset will but Compaq has to write support for it into the bios for it to work unfortunately prebuilt systems like Compaq's and dell's are really hard to upgrade because of this.
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March 30, 2010 4:39:03 PM

I am sorry to tell you this but that board will never run that CPU looks like they never updated the bios for it that was a budget system and they didnt put alot of support for it. You will have to upgrade your motherboard to use the Q9550. You most likely wont be able to run anything with a 45nm core. And it won't support a FSB above 1066.
March 30, 2010 4:42:08 PM

saaiello said:
I am sorry to tell you this but that board will never run that CPU looks like they never updated the bios for it that was a budget system and they didnt put alot of support for it. You will have to upgrade your motherboard to use the Q9550. You most likely wont be able to run anything with a 45nm core. And it won't support a FSB above 1066.


Oh well thought so, thanks the help, i'd rather upgrade my motherboard instead of risking the whole pc.
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March 30, 2010 5:21:18 PM

If you do that it will void the license of your copy of Windows.

When you change the motherboard of a computer for a different one, and you have an OEM copy of Windows on it when you boot the new mobo for the first time Windows will think its a different machine because you will fail some of the criteria for the WPA. You will likely have to "find" another OEM Windows Key.

Or

Just buy a retail copy of Windows and you will then be able to change all of the parts in your PC as much as you like and it wont void your license. But you will have to do a clean install of Windows.

The moral of the story is dont buy computers from Compaq, HP, Dell etc.
March 30, 2010 7:03:33 PM

I have thought of that already, and i've got some friends to make windows not require a cd key on a new run.
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