1. I am wondering what kind of compound I should use on the processor between it and the heatsink I currently have which is a small Copper Based XP Cooler w/Fan (Model# C41(DC1206BM-L/610-P-CU). I can't really tell the brand of the heatsink w/fan but I think it says Microfin & CE. Keep in mind that I have to piggyback the socket adaptor on top of the original socket on my motherboard, and than place the heatsink w/fan on. So you have to imagine that being that my pc is going to be in a vertical position, the adaptor may cling off a little, or it may create gaps of air because the heatsink w/fan may pe weighing on it. I have not tried to install it yet as I have'nt recieved the Tualatin processor in the mail. I heard there is something called Thermal Pads. Let me know what I should use. & especiall what the best thermal stuff to use is. Let me know brand name, etc. My cooling decision has to be right. I obviously still need to use the heatsink w/fan. But what is the choice I should go for what goes in between them knowing the problems that may arise from my motherboard being in a vertical position? By the way my member pic is the exact case I use.
2. I have downloaded the last bios they made for my pc off the HP site, which is one version higher than the bios I currently use. I have also downloaded something called Hp Vectra VL400 Utility To Save & Restore Bios Settings, listed off the same page that bios download is on. I have no idea what that last save and restore one is. I don't even know how to use that or how to even update my bios as well. The reason I mention these is because this adaptor has been proven to work with the Tualatin processors but sometimes it requires you to have a newer bios upgrade so it recognizes the processor. I believe the second tool I mentioned is a way to save the older bios and settings I have in case I want to set it back. Hopefully maybe one of you can tell me how to use both in case the adaptor does'nt work/boot for me and I need to upgrade to the newer bios. So please tell me how to use them ahead of time in case I need them. Everyone knows taking a pc apart is time consuming.
Bios & Utility Page For My Pc At HP's Site
3. Gimmie tips on what I should and should'nt do with this thing to avoid ruining my hardware. Such as wrong jumper settings on the adaptor that will result in bad voltage or something. I dunno... you be the one to judge and say what I should watch out for! Make sure you guys give me your take on what jumper settings I should use.
Here is the exact specs processor I am currently using:
My current processor
Here is the exact specs of the Tualatin processor I am getting in the mail: (Note: Supposedly there is a misprint with the core voltage. It is really 1.45v)
The Tualatin I Am Getting
Here are configurations that can be used with the adaptor. These do not come with the adaptor but were found on a chinese chat site. I dunno how this was found out and released to the internet public, but apparently they work. As I said these settings do not come with the sale of the adaptor and were never printed with the sale of it:
no jumpers a1 thru b3 1.30V
a2-a3 a8-a9 1.45V
a5-a6 a8-a9 1.55V
a2-a3 a5-a6 1.60V
a2-a3 a5-a6 a8-a9 1.65V
a8-a9 b2-b3 1.75V
a2-a3 b2-b3 1.80V
a2-a3 a8-a9 b2-b3 1.85V
a4-a5 b2-b3 1.90V
a8-a9 b2-b3 1.95V
a2-a3 a5-a6 b2-b3 2.00V
a2-a3 a5-a6 a8-a9 b2-b3 2.05V
b5-b6 b8-b9 66MHz
no jumpers b4 thru b9 133MHz
These are pics I found of the adaptor on the net: (Notice the jumper settings)
FC-PGA to FC-PGA2 Adaptor. The jumpers are pre set and shipped like this. The seller of this adaptor actually told me to keep the settings as is in this first picture. But if you notice the settings and than compare it to the list of settings I found on the chat site, it is incorrect to what a (Spec# SL6BY) Tualatin 1.4Ghz should use, running at a 133 bus speed.
This is the adaptor with jumpers set up for use with a Tualatin 1.4Ghz Pentium 3 Processor (Spec# SL6BY). I found this pic on the net off someone who did the same thing I am doing with the same processor.
This is how the adaptor is supposed to look piggy backed on the real motherboard socket 370.
This is supposed to be the original chinese instructions for the adaptor. These are actually the only instructions that come with the adaptor. They were not sent with the purchase of my adaptor. But I asked them to take a picture of it because I need to see the original instructions that come with it. I have been told by some adaptor sellers that this has grammatical errors. And may contain some wrong settings. Compare them to the list of settings I listed above. The seller told me these instructions are not neccessary, that I should keep the settings the way they shipped the adaptor to me, and that these in the pic are not useful at all. The settings they sent by deafault were not even set for a 133 bus speed. Seems to me like they do not know there are other setting options like the ones I found on the chinese chat site that I listed above.
The answers to these questions will help me successfuly run this processor with the adaptor. Without having the answers to these questions now, I will not be able to successfully troubleshoot my problems during my upgrade. Because I will not be able to boot as I have to take my pc totally apart just to add this new adaptor and processor properly. I have an acrylic case and thus the motherboard has to fully be unscrewed and detached from my system to prevent damage to my case. That is when I can do the upgrade. If I am unsuccessful at doing it because of not having this information, I would than have to unscrew the motherboard out of my case and put the old processor back. It would just be too much "back and forth" work. Hope you guys can help. That processor should be arriving in the mail soon. I just hope everyone can help me get this right. Otherwise my money is going down the drain, and I fear I'll ruin something.