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Help installing q9550

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October 22, 2012 2:56:46 AM

I haven't been able to find anyone else online with the problem that I
am having and I am rather frustrated that I can't figure it out.

First thing's first, system specs:

Corsair Ram - 6GB (2x2gb, 2x1gb) 800MHz
PSU - 550W
Processor - Intel Pentium D @ 3.4 (it is a dual core)
Motherboard - EVGA 650i Ultra
Video - Gigabyte GTX 550ti
2HDD's, 1 TB, 500GB
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I bought an Intel q9550 quad core @ 2.83 to upgrade my system. With
the newest bios this CPU is supported. I installed the new processor
and my machine booted into windows! During boot I noticed my processor
reading 2.6GHz so I attempted to launch CPU-id to verify. it read 2.6
as well. I took this as a sign that something may have been wrong so I
launched nTune to see what my CPU was set at and to see how I could
get it back to 2.8. nTune crashed windows. After 4 more attempts, and
a lot of google searches, I gave up on nTune and turned off speedstep
and c1e. After those two changes the processor registered correctly.
Now I get to FINALLY use my desktop right? Sort of ... I uninstalled
nTune to hopefully prevent it from causing issues with speedstep or
c1e resetting. After that I received a message that I had missing
files (so I am assuming uninstalling nvidia modified something). I no
longer had administrative rights and could not get them back even
after a lot of googling. During this time I had a couple bluescreens
which were related to the nvidia files. (apparently nTune has issues
when it comes to uninstalling, I didn't know that before I uninstalled
it.) Eventually I booted safe mode with cmd prompt and ran SFC only to
find out that sfc could not repair the corrupted files. I tried repair
from my windows DVD - failed to fix. I tried to create a slipstream
DVD with the updates installed - failed. I got bluescreens relating to
ntdll.dll so I was about to replace the file with one from the disc
and wait for the next bluescreen to replace another file. I needed to
use the computer for a project so I put in my old CPU to see what
would happen. It booted fine, ran like it used to, and has not blue
screened one time. Administrative rights are restored and everything
is golden. Now I still want to use my 9550. I am fairly certain it is
a windows issue and not hardware related but reinstalling windows is
not an option at this point. I ran hardware tests and had 4 failures
in my ram, all 4 sticks failed the chaotic addressing test but passed
everything else in PC check so I am assuming this was a false fail
since I have never had any issues with that beforehand. My other
failure was for my 1TB hdd but apparently this is a common false
failure for the model. Nothing else failed. The 9550 ran cool when it
was installed as well.

I think I addressed everything. Can someone here please help me find
out what is going on and if it is a windows issue how I can resolve
it!

Thank you.

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October 22, 2012 3:17:47 AM

Try doing a system restore and installing the CPU all over again.
October 22, 2012 3:55:14 AM

BIOS update usually fixes faulty CPU readings. Regarding the blue screens, i'm really interested in the PSU, mainly in 12V amperage and the output on 12V rail. It says it right on the PSU. The problem might be that it is a 550W PSU, but a crappy one, if the PSU can't handle itself it it usually:
a) shuts off
b) blue screens
.. Remind you that quad cores consume more electricity than even that old netburst architecture CPU.
When updating BIOS use your old CPU, just in case. Read couple of manuals, before flashing your BIOS, the best one would be your own motherboard's manual.
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October 22, 2012 4:32:17 AM

Power Supply is a Rosewill Performance 550Watt, Model AP-600f12v. My bios is updated and was with the Pentium D. The PC Check tests were run with the quad in though.

I'm curious though, how would lack of adequate power remove my windows administrator rights?

@Sonicers I'm not sure a restore would do anything since once I replaced my pentium D everything was fine .. as if nothing had been altered. I was thinking maybe windows detected I changed the hardware and it wasn't configured for a jump to a quad ... but that idea just seems stupid.
October 22, 2012 4:33:08 AM

My windows theory seems stupid, not your idea for a restore. I just wanted to clarify. I appreciate the help thus far!
October 22, 2012 4:38:23 AM

It says in their supported cpu list - that the Nvidia Nforce 6 line don´t support q9550..

i read that in EVGA´s list over supported cpu´s under older cpu´s..
October 22, 2012 5:05:41 AM

I saw that too, however with the newest bios it is supported. Either way, if it boots and works why do I not have administrative rights? right click --> run as admin give me an error and sfc can't fix files ... those seem like windows issues, no?
October 22, 2012 6:16:39 AM

xavior2422 said:
Power Supply is a Rosewill Performance 550Watt, Model AP-600f12v. My bios is updated and was with the Pentium D. The PC Check tests were run with the quad in though.

I'm curious though, how would lack of adequate power remove my windows administrator rights?

@Sonicers I'm not sure a restore would do anything since once I replaced my pentium D everything was fine .. as if nothing had been altered. I was thinking maybe windows detected I changed the hardware and it wasn't configured for a jump to a quad ... but that idea just seems stupid.



It doesn't explain the windows-issue, but explains the random BOSD, or instability.

October 24, 2012 4:00:32 AM

I would really like to know what I can do to fix this windows administrator issue. I have an 880 Watt Power Supply that will be installed, if I can find a solution to the windows admin and related software errors. The motherboard could be swapped out, but sadly I am attached to this one. I picked this computer out of our local dump, the side of the case was plexiglass and smashed in .. everything had been rained on for at least a week or 2, and I managed to get it up and running again after reflowing the solder. That was almost 4 years ago now. This thing is like "the little engine that could" or possibly "the brave little toaster." I have an e8400 coming and it should be here by Friday. I will install that sucker this weekend if it gets here on time and see if I still get the same error and same issues. I have a feeling I will though and I am hoping someone here knows what is going on. Anyone?
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