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How can I upgade my old stuff: ABit BP6

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August 6, 2002 8:30:51 PM

I have been enjoy my DIY computer for three years. Now, I'm facing the upgrade problem because many new softwares and games are not working on my slow processors any more.

The system is Abit BP6 mainboard with dual Celeron366 processors. It seems that new Celeron don't support dual processor system any more. Am I right? So the only choice would be PIII. But does any body know will PIII processor work on Abit BP6? Is there any package problem? BIOS problem?

Thanks in advance.

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August 7, 2002 12:13:53 AM

There is in fact a problem with running dual PIII's on that board. It seems the board was modified by Abit to run dual Celeron "Mendicino" processors. Some people have rewired it to work. See <A HREF="http://bp6.gamesquad.net/PIII.phtml" target="_new">http://bp6.gamesquad.net/PIII.phtml&lt;/A>

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August 7, 2002 7:51:42 AM

If you want to keep the mainboard, I'm afraid that the fastest CPU that could certainly run, is Celeron 533MHz (Mendocino core).
At the same price you may buy Duron & a cheap board for it. Sell your old board, CPUs and RAM sticks and buy faster RAM, and probably a new videocard.
It is important to have a relevant PSU - at least 250W (if it's brand) but preferably => 300W for future CPU upgrade.
If you work generally with application that may utilize the 2-CPU usage at the highest degree, either change the mobo, or buy 533MHz Celerons and overclock the FSB (at least at 75 MHz). Also, buy more RAM and get a newer video card.
Anyway, it's possible to be supported faster CPUs, I don't know.
Ask Crashman.


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August 7, 2002 7:57:44 AM

For NOW..change ur FSB speed from 66Mhz to 100Mhz.......almsot ALL 366 Celery's run 100% stabel at 100Mhz FSB speed......try it, i gauratee ull notice a big difference, therefore if it works..see if its good enough to last u a whiel longer before u REALLY need to upgrade....it also avoids u from buyign 2 533 Celery's, cuz not only in MHz would the 366's be faster at 550, but ur FSB bandwidth is SOOO much bigger also........

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August 7, 2002 8:30:02 AM

Unfortunatelly, there are lots of Cel366 that are not running at 100 MHz system bus - no matter what HSF and voltage settings you use. Perhaps, the reason is because of the L2 cache which is not alway quit good.

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August 7, 2002 7:28:11 PM

Well i wouldnt say lots...i remember readign a review at Anandtech like years ago about it...i believe there were 2 specific batch steppings that wouldnt do it out of like a WHOLE bunch they testest......which means the majority would do it.......hell its worth a shot isnt it ?

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