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Attempting to upgrade CPU on Gateway Motherboard


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I am hoping to upgrade my 1.5 mhz chip to something faster. I have an Intel (El Paso) motherboard Part # 2515372. A picture of my motherboard is available at the following link. http://support.gatew...251537201.shtml

I havebeen shopping around for a suitable replacement chip and I found a Celeron 2.8 Ghz 128k 400mhz Socket 478 chip for sale online. My questions are:

1) Will this chip work in my motherboard?
2) If not, is there a better option?
3) Is upgrading as simple as popping the old chip out and putting the new one in and attaching the heatsink/fan?

I have never done this before, so any help at all would be greastly appreciated.

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It would have helped if you gave the model of your computer. If your computer has the 423 pin processor then you can only upgrade to a 2.0 processor. If it is a 478 pin socket then you can upgrade higher but you may have to update your BIOS to be able to use the faster processors. The model number would have helped here to get to the specifications.

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According to the information that I have been able to find, My motherboard has the 478 pin socket with 400 mhz FSB. L2 Cache is 256 mb. I wasn't sure what all information to include, so I put the link above. If you follow it, you will see a picture of my board with all of the specifications.

If the new chip does work, where do I get a suitable bios update? Is bios specific to the motherboard, or to the cpu?

Also, will I need to reinstall windows XP, or will it automatically recognize the new chip?

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The BIOS is brand specific (motherboard) so you would need to find it at gateway. And you wont need to re-install windows it should recognize it on its own. And yes it pretty much is just as simple as poppin out the old chip and replacing it with the new one. Most chips are ZIF (zero insertion force), there is usually a lever that you have to raise in order to release the CPU from its socket. Go to gateway and see if you can find a service manual etc. on your comp. Its very helpful info.
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Edited by p-zero, 24 April 2006 - 07:02 AM.

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I checked the BIOS download page and it leads me to believe that I may not be able to go over 2.0 GHz even though I confirmed that I do have the 478 pin socket. The info below is cut and pasted directly from Gateway's site. All of the motherboards that are supported by this bios only go up to 2.0 GHz. Do you think that I can use this BIOS with a >2.0 GHz chip, or am I taking my chances?

Release Date: 12/16/2002

File Size: 720 KB

Download Time: 2 min @ 56K

Operating Systems: All Operating Systems



Gateway Parts Supported:

Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.4-GHz [Part #2513695]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.5-GHz [Part #2513696]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.7-GHz [Part #2513697]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.0-GHz [Part #2513698]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.6-GHz [Part #2514230]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz [Part #2514231]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.9-GHz [Part #2514232]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.5-GHz [Part #2515372]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.5-GHz [Part #2515373]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.6-GHz [Part #2515374]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.6-GHz [Part #2515375]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.7-GHz [Part #2515376]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.7-GHz [Part #2515377]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz [Part #2515379]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.5-GHz [Part #2516092]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.6-GHz [Part #2516093]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.7-GHz [Part #2516094]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz [Part #2516095]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.0-GHz [Part #2516279]
Intel (El Paso) Pentium 4 - 2.2-GHz (400 MHz) [Part #2516299]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.7-GHz [Part #2516552]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.6-GHz [Part #2516556]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz [Part #2516557]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.0-GHz [Part #2516558]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.2-GHz [Part #2516559]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.5-GHz [Part #2516878]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.6-GHz [Part #2516879]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz (400MHz) R6 [Part #2516880]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.0-GHz R2 [Part #2516881]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.2-GHz R2 [Part #2516882]
Intel (Essex) Pentium 4 - 1.8-GHz (400MHz) [Part #2517116]
Intel (El Paso) Pentium 4 - 1.8-GHz (400 MHz) [Part #2517120]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz (400MHz) R7 [Part #2517935]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.0-GHz R3 [Part #2517940]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 2.2-GHz R3 [Part #2517946]
Intel (El Paso) Motherboard - 1.8-GHz (400MHz) R8 [Part #2518346]
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