Getting P6N Platinum to support 45nm Intel chips

I was all happy happy when Microcenter put Q8300s on sell for $90 a few weeks ago. However after plugging the chip in and no post I discovered my motherboard does not support 45nm chips. I have a P6N Platinum SLI motherboard. I am at the latest BIOS and MSI has confirmed (via tech support) that the motherboard will not support 45nm CPUs.

My question is: I've read about people sending in their motherboard to MSI to have it "upgraded" to support 45nm CPUs. Is this as simple as replacing the bios chip? Anyone know?

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  1. Surly that must be more expensive than just buying a new board!
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