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HELP with P4 cpu upgrade for my Dell

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Hello, my name is Jayson and i'm new to this forum. I would love for anyone to be able to give me some helpful suggestions as to what it could be that's making my new 3.0g cpu run at 1.50g. i've researched that it could be my bios settings or speedstep, or compatibility issues. that's cool, but the thing i need help with is how i would go about finding out which one of these is the actual cause. if it's bios settings, how would i change them? if it's speedstep, What the... is speedstep? lol. if it's compatibility i understand that i'm probably just screwed, but being able to narrow it down with the help of you guys and girls here would be greatly appreciated. i'm using a dell optiplex gx240 but it's not the horizontal tower - it's an upright. also, the previous cpu was 1.8ghz P4. i'm not necessarily a noob at this stuff but i'm not a champ either, so i can give further specs if needed but i'm relying on this forum to help me out thanks for taking the time to read this.

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Hi; I think that you have more CPU than you system can take. Have you looked in the bios to see if it see's the CPU as a 3.0 and the correct model? If not Dell may not have installed this one in this unit before. Here is the link for the owners manual: http://support.dell....g/pdf/4g172.pdf

Where I work we use Dells and had a unit similar to your's we now use Dell Optiplex GX620, they are cheap with the case cooling using the CPU fan to also cool the case. We have lost several PCs from over heating. Your best bet may be in getting a new board to match the CPU and possibably a new case. I hope this helps. OldTex
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