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Want to upgrade the processor in my HP

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mr Davo, Dec 1, 2011.

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  1. Mr Davo

    Mr Davo Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    I have a HP computer, which I want to upgrade the processor in. The model of the HP is an a6220a Desktop, specifications for it can be found here:

    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc...4519/loc:3&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3598529

    According to HP documentation I can upgrade as far as an Intel E4300, however my friend has just given me an E4400, the irony!!! Here is a link to the processor capabilities of my HP:

    https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01237572&tmp_track_link=ot_recdoc/c01174519/en_us/c01237572/loc:1&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3598529

    The processor is the right socket type, however there is a chance that the motherboard BIOS will not support the instruction set of the E4400!

    I noticed that the motherboard is an ECS 945GCT-HM (Livermore8), and for all intents and purposes it looks like an ECS 945GCT-M (V1.0) - the only exception being that the "-M" has beth an AGP and a PCIe Slot!

    Would it be possilbe to use a BIOS upgrade from the ECS website if my HP struggles when I install the E4400?

    http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=727&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=16&LanID=8

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Davo
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Not worth the effort.

    Only an HP BIOS would be suggested. And even though HP is using MB's manufactured by another vendor, that vendor (ECS in this case) won't support the motherboard and their standard BIOS's likely won't install or it will install and brick the motherboard. In most cases, (BIOS, firmware, etc.) the installer will check for valid hardware. As the motherboard is a "HP" MB, the installer will likely just spit out an error like "hardware not supported".

    Feel free to experiment and try to get it to work. But you aren't the only one that has had these type of thoughts and it's not often that I've seen a success story.

    I'd suggest a motherboard and cpu upgrade.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    Flashing with a bios not supplied by the mfg is really asking for a problem. It may work and it may leave your mb unbootable ie junk.

    I agree with the above; if you want a faster system, then buy a new modern mb, cpu, and ram. Note for oem type windows installs, you would also need a new copy of windows since your oem license is only valid with the original hardware ie mb.
     
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