So, I recently picked up the Athlon II X3 450 to put into my GA-M61P-S3 motherboard (This is processor is on the supported list for the mobo, with a BIOS update which i have). When i installed the chip, it got stuck on POST during start up. When I rebooted the PC, the fans and lights came on, but I had no video signal. I have no idea if i bricked the chip, or if it was bad to begin with. My system also has a GTX 460, 4 sticks of DDR2 800, a PCI sound card, SATA HDD, SATA DVDRW, and its all wrapped together by a 450w PSU. Everything started right back up again when i reinstalled the old CPU (Athlon 64 3800+). any ideas? I could really use some help here as i have a replacement CPU on its way after i sent in the apparently bad one.
+1^ does sound like the processor also you must bear in mind the F7I BIOS update is a BETA BIOS upgrade so there could be issues there and might have to mail Gigabyte support and get onto them with regards to support with the pre BETA bios.
I did try pulling the battery and that didn't help. I've had a support ticket in with gigabyte for at least a week before i posted here and still have heard nothing.... so yea, I'm going to try that route again, maybe I can find a number instead of email. Do you think my PSU is to little to support the system with the upgraded CPU?
It is rather low, it is a possibility however what brand is the PSU? Is it a very entry level product? if so i would maybe recommend you take it to your nearest IT dealer and get them to chuck in i higher watt aged one and see if it makes a difference before actually purchasing a new one as it is only a possibility.