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Solved: How can I tell if my system can take a dual core processor?

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  1. donk-one

    donk-one Thread Starter

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    I had always thought you had to get a new motherboard, I had not known that it was possible to upgrade the processor, until I read the following;

    "An attractive value of dual core processors is that they do not require a new motherboard, but can be used in existing boards that feature the correct socket. For the average user the difference in performance will be most noticeable in multi-tasking until more software is SMT aware."

    So how do I go about finding out if I can upgrade to dual core?

    These are my specs as far as I can see;

    # Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB
    # Currently Installed Memory: 1GB DDR
    # Available Memory Slots: 1
    # Total Memory Slots: 3
    # Dual Channel Support: No
    # CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    # CPU Family: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.00GHz Model 2, Stepping 4
    # CPU Speed: 2017 MHz

    Many thanks.(y)
     
  2. crjdriver

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    Is this a pre-built system ie dell, hp, etc? If so, the only one that can tell you what cpu are compatible with the board is the system maker.
     
  3. donk-one

    donk-one Thread Starter

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    Right, it was a system customed for someone else, so I don't know.

    Thanks anyway.
     
  4. Mcbee

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    With a Pentium4 of 2.0 GHz it sounds like you have a socket 478 board which will not support dual core.
     
  5. donk-one

    donk-one Thread Starter

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    Hi, right I just found that I have a p4b266 motherboard, does that mean anything? :(
     
  6. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Asus P4B266 is a socket 478 motherboard. It won't support a dual core CPU.
     
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    But the CPU support list for the P4B266 doesn't list any dual or quad core processors that will work with it, and no BIOS upgrades to make it compatible with them. I would not buy a dual-core CPU for it hoping that it might work.
     
  9. donk-one

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    Right ok, well thanks for the help even so.
     
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