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    CPU Swap question

    Googled and found cpu swaps for oldschool systems so it leads me to this question.

    Im going from an athlon xp 1700 to a 2700, I know my motherboard can support this.

    My main concern is will Windows XP act strange on me. Reactivation and/or boot issues.

    Or (what Im hoping for) will my machine boot and post like nothing happened other than increased cpu power.
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    never had an issue with XP not liking a cpu upgrade. Just like memory, the OS really doesnt care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gospeed.racer
    never had an issue with XP not liking a cpu upgrade. Just like memory, the OS really doesnt care.
    That's true. i've never seen a problem with it, and I've done many many cpu upgrades.

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    Sweet if its like installing ram then Im ordering from Newegg soon.

    Thanks for the fast responses guys.
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    make sure your motherboard supports it ( and know if you have to do a bios update or somthing).
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcbb5
    ...and know if you have to do a bios update or somthing.
    Umm...yeah I did that once...sold my old cpu, bought a new one and THEN figured out i couldnt power on without the bios update, and the old cpu was long gone...DOH!
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    I did something similar to this last week, upgraded a 1ghz athlon to a 2ghz. Didn't have any problems.

    In the past I have also downgraded a processor (also an athlon) without any problems. I did reset the cmos when I did this just in case the system tried to run the slower processor at the higher speed.

    Anyway, you shouldn't have any problems upgrading.

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    OK, for BIOS upgrades, NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER(did i mention ever?) EVERRRR do a bios upgrade unless you have to. 1 thing goes wrong, and your bios is dead, and theres no coming back from a failed flash upgrade. If your mobo supports it already, dont worry about it. even the manufacture will tell you if itw orks fine, leave it alone. But windows xp activation only gets anal when you change such things like HDs, or the mobo serial number changes, like you move the hd to another computer. Besides, if you downloaded it, the chances of activation not being cracked and still working are slim. But it would still suck to boot up one day and see, this workstation has been deactivated, please call microsoft so we can take a lawyer and stick him in your.....yea anyways....it cant hurt to try

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    Cheerio, a bad flash is not the end of the world. It is possible to re-flash a socketed bois with another mobo with a similar socketed bios in the worst case scenerio (needs to use the same type of BIOS chip). I have only once had a bad flash and it was my own dumb fault - as long as you do not loose power and use the right BIN you should be fine to upgrade the BIOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supermike
    Cheerio, a bad flash is not the end of the world. It is possible to re-flash a socketed bois with another mobo with a similar socketed bios in the worst case scenerio (needs to use the same type of BIOS chip). I have only once had a bad flash and it was my own dumb fault - as long as you do not loose power and use the right BIN you should be fine to upgrade the BIOS.
    I agree, they have usb adapters that you can reflash your BIOS chip with now too. The key is that you have to have a wokring computer to do it from.

    I have had a couple go bad, the worst that happened was I had to RMA one but, Asus sent me a new one before i even shipped mine out.
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