Well well welll... Who do we have here?
Is it Samm I see?
lol. Nice to meet you again. Hope all is fine with you in the UK Samm. Well a lot has happened since we first tried to change my Vectra into a new case and make it a monster. I am happy to say that thanks to you I know almost everything about upgrading and components, etc. Wow you were quite some help to me. I will never forget it. What you taught me will be with me forever.
Update... I researched the web for 2-3 months and read numerous stories about the fact that Intel had come out with a Pentium 3 processor called a "Tualatin". It came in many different speeds, from 1.2ghz to 1.4ghz. Supposedly this processor ran faster than the first 2.0ghz Pentium 4's ever made. So as the story goes Intel stopped manufacturing the Tualatin because people were notcing that and they did'nt want to take the backlash when the P4 came out. They had invested so much money into the P4 and marketing it, that they did not want to be embarassed by a P3 Tualatin they developed. They were actually testing the technology for the P4 on the P3 Tualatin, they even put an integrated heat spreader on it. These processors are rare and still cost a pretty penny. There's a bad side to them and that is that they were made for servers used with two cpus, and limited boards that ran a single Tualatin on it's own. So in order to use one if you did'nt have a server or a limited edition board that could use a single Tualatin, you would than have to buy a socket adapter such as a Lin Lin, 370GU, Powerleap, etc. & depending on the system you had or the bios you ran, you could use the socket adapter to successfully run a Tualatin processor, even overclock it if you wanted to by changing jumper settings on the adapter.
Well I knew that you and SRX600 had told me my HP Vectra VL400 could only go up to 1ghz, but I found some cheap prices and decided to go for it. I spent about $40 and got myself a Lin Lin adapter, and a 1.4Ghz Tualatin Pentium 3 processor. I installed it on my motherboard and fired up my pc, and it worked! I'm using a Tualatin with 1.4ghz /// 512L2cache /// 133fsb /// 1.45v. What I had before was an old P3 at 800mhz /// 256L2cache /// 133fsb /// 1.7v. My bios sees the Tualatin at 1400mhz, Windows Xp sees it at 1400mhz (changes from 1400mhz to 1.39ghz ever now and than on xp's "my computer properties"), Everest recognizes it and states "512L2 Cache - Full speed on die", and Sandra sees it as well. I even benchmarked my processor using Sandra by putting it against a 1ghz, 1.2ghz, 1.6ghz, and even a 2.0ghz P4 cpu. & it beat them all in the arithmetic/floating points and multi media benchmarks. I believe there is one to test cache speed or something... I dunno I have'nt done that one. But Sandra sees it at a full 512 L2 cache speed in it's normal properties.
Now to the issue... Well you suggest that I update my bios, but I have spoken to quite a few people that know about HP bios' and they all tell me there is no such microcode for a Tualatin in any bios ever released for the HP Vectra VL400. So it would be of no use, & attempting a bios upgrade could be fatal to my system so I would'nt want to do so. According to them since there is no such microcode for a Tualatin in the Vectra bios', I would still continue to see this error message.
But the point is I have mentioned before that when I have installed new memory, cd drives, and stuff in the past I have had a similar message at boot. & when prompted I used to choose "F4" at those times, and all was better. So my question is should I press "F4" when I get that message in the picture above on my first post? Or should I keep pressing "F1" as suggested by another user who has done the same thing with his Vectra using an adapter and Tualatin?
He says he always presses "F1" every time he boots up his pc. He must not be aware that "F4" could validate the changes and take the message away for good... He does'nt seem too know much about pcs. The problem is I don't want to ruin anything in the bios or whatever and I know that "F4" can fix things when you add ram, memory, etc. But when you've just added a 1.4ghz cpu... I dunno... I just don't want to ruin anything. You tell me.
One last thing. Since the adapter went on my socket, the heatsink could not clamp onto the actual orginal socket on my motherboard. The adapter is a basically another socket, so the heatsink actually clamps onto the adapter. Knowing that the original socket on my motherboard uses "Zero Insertation Force", I still felt that if I stood my pc up vertically (after having it down like a vcr while placing the new adapter and cpu), that it would eventually fall off in my case because of the weight the heatsink has, and the fact that the heatsink does not attach to the orignal socket. So I measured the distance and width of two spaces where the plastic meets/sits on the outside of the sockets (ie: outside, not in the sockets near pins etc), and I sawed off two tiny pieces of black plastic with an exacto knife and superglueded them on in order to hold the sockets together in case force was gathered by the heatsink trying to make it fall off. Was this a wrong idea? Especially to use superglue? I was very careful and will attach pics so you can see. The plastic I sawed into two tiny pieces came from the old black shaft that pushes wind to the cpu from the psu in the old original vectra case. I figured if they used that plastic there so close to the cpu in the original case that it could stand some heat if any. I hope I have'nt created a fire hazard. lol.
Edited by superstar, 07 August 2006 - 06:05 AM.