Dimension XPS T600 - Upgrade update

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I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post. I
am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system, flash the
BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this system is a Rev.
A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.

Suggestions?
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    B. Walker wrote:
    > I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
    > able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
    > that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
    > and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post. I
    > am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system, flash the
    > BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this system is a Rev.
    > A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.
    >
    > Suggestions?

    The Coppermine P3 processors would have probably needed a bios
    upgrade. However, there are additional requirements, including
    the motherboard also having a voltage regulator for the lower
    Vcore of the Coppermine P3's. At this stage, it is difficult to
    ascertain what might be the situation, including the fact that
    the Coppermine P3 processor could have been fried due to the
    higher Vcore being supplied for the earlier Katmai P3 CPU's.
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    What was the description of the Katmai p3's besides the 1.7vcore? What was
    the best way to identify them?

    "GHalleck" <ghalleck@arrakian.mining.com> wrote in message
    news:11asr9psm5989b5@news.supernews.com...
    >
    > B. Walker wrote:
    >> I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
    >> able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
    >> that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
    >> and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post.
    >> I am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system,
    >> flash the BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this
    >> system is a Rev. A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.
    >>
    >> Suggestions?
    >
    > The Coppermine P3 processors would have probably needed a bios
    > upgrade. However, there are additional requirements, including
    > the motherboard also having a voltage regulator for the lower
    > Vcore of the Coppermine P3's. At this stage, it is difficult to
    > ascertain what might be the situation, including the fact that
    > the Coppermine P3 processor could have been fried due to the
    > higher Vcore being supplied for the earlier Katmai P3 CPU's.
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "B. Walker" <bawalkerREMOVE@THISmodemnet.net> wrote in message
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    > What was the description of the Katmai p3's besides the 1.7vcore? What
    > was the best way to identify them?

    Socketed (FCPGA) or Slotted (slot 1) ?

    Sure, check the S-Spec for the stepping on the Intel site.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    The BIOS should be flashed before adding the coppermine processor. The
    latest BIOS for the T series is A11 (if memory serves me). Other than that
    it should be P&P.

    "B. Walker" <bawalkerREMOVE@THISmodemnet.net> wrote in message
    news:0Gtre.697$yg4.226@news01.roc.ny...
    >I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
    >able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
    >that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
    >and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post.
    >I am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system, flash
    >the BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this system is a
    >Rev. A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.
    >
    > Suggestions?
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "B. Walker" wrote...
    > I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
    > able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
    > that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
    > and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post.
    I
    > am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system, flash
    the
    > BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this system is a Rev.
    > A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.

    Definitely flash the BIOS.

    Here are two important pages:

    http://www.roberthancock.com/dell/
    http://www.roberthancock.com/dell/xpstproc.htm

    Where did you get the 850?

    Ed
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    eBay for $49.

    "Ed Wurster" <glass_net@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:86OdnZseAopZJjPfRVn-ow@comcast.com...
    >
    > "B. Walker" wrote...
    >> I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
    >> able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
    >> that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
    >> and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post.
    > I
    >> am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system, flash
    > the
    >> BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this system is a
    >> Rev.
    >> A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.
    >
    > Definitely flash the BIOS.
    >
    > Here are two important pages:
    >
    > http://www.roberthancock.com/dell/
    > http://www.roberthancock.com/dell/xpstproc.htm
    >
    > Where did you get the 850?
    >
    > Ed
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    You are right, I surfed around on Dell and the latest is A11, also I found
    that A07 was the first BIOS to support Coppermine cpu's so that should work
    then just fine. Now to borrow my friends 550...

    "joe_tide" <joetide@nowhere.com> wrote in message
    news:11atdagc95mdl78@corp.supernews.com...
    > The BIOS should be flashed before adding the coppermine processor. The
    > latest BIOS for the T series is A11 (if memory serves me). Other than that
    > it should be P&P.
    >
    > "B. Walker" <bawalkerREMOVE@THISmodemnet.net> wrote in message
    > news:0Gtre.697$yg4.226@news01.roc.ny...
    >>I wanted to post an update to the XPS T600 system I am upgrading. I was
    >>able to get my hands on a Pentium 3 850mhz/100mhz/256k cpu at a low cost
    >>that is guaranteed working. When I stick the CPU in and have just memory
    >>and an AGP video card connected, the system powers on, but does not post.
    >>I am just wondering, if rather I need a 600mhz cpu, boot the system, flash
    >>the BIOS and then use the 850mhz...? The motherboard in this system is a
    >>Rev. A01 with probably an early BIOS on it.
    >>
    >> Suggestions?
    >>
    >
    >
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