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Upgrading processor (K7SEM v3.0 Motherboard)

I recently performed a BIOS upgrade (new chip) and planned to install an Athlon XP 2600+ processor, which the v3.0 mobo is supposed to support. The problem is, the present AMD Duron processor (1GB clock speed) appears to be permanently attached (soldered??) to the board, and the heatsink can't be removed after the hold down clip is released. There is no socket and locking lever visible underneath the heatsink. All of the pictures I've seen on the Internet clearly show the socket (A/462). The edges of the socket should be visible even with the processor installed. On my board, the heatsink overlaps the processor, and even using a bright light and a mirror, the socket isn't visible underneath the heatsink. While browsing other forums, I read a posting that said the K7SEM v3.0 board and processor must be replaced as an assembly since the processor can't be removed. Yet other forums list various processors which the very same board will support. The company that supplied my BIOS upgrade chip (eSupport) also stated the upgrade would allow support for faster processors. What's the deal?? If I have to replace the mobo to use a faster processor, can you suggest one that will bolt right in and utilize my present power supply (namely the power connection to the board), IDE cables, current SDRAM, etc.

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Re: Upgrading processor (K7SEM v3.0 Motherboard)

Unfortunately, you have not provided any details regarding current specs (PSU, type of SDRAM, etc.) to enable anyone to suggest a replacement motherboard. For freeform discussion, I would agree that FixYa is probably not the best medium, e.g. in discussing potential replacements. Rather, if you have a specific question which has a specific answer, then this site would be better suited to your needs. As to your original question, the best answer I can offer (personally) is that if your CPU is soldered to the board, you should complain to the vendor who sold it that way (that's crap), and replace the board with something suitable (provide more details). If there's a belief it may not be soldered, the heatsink is probably attached via thermal paste, and is going to be a PITA to remove. Sometimes it will pull off with some force, though on at least one occasion, the solder joints beneath the socket gave before the thermal paste did, causing the heatsink, CPU, and socket to all come off the motherboard.

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What is the upgrade cpu for this motherboard

The following processor are currently supported by this mainboard.
Athlon XP: 1500+ up to 2000+; FSB: 266 MHz
Athlon: 650 MHz up to1.4 GHz, FSB: 200 MHz or 266 MHz. Socket A CPU. See page 10 in you're manual (If you still have one). After going to Elitegroup and checking for the latest bios version;
BIOS for K7VMM(PCB:1.2A). Release date, 2003/03/28
The MB will support, AMD Athlon XP 2400+ and 2600+ CPU If you're bios is flashed to the above. You can buy and use this CPU;
Never flashed a bios? Instruction are listed on ECS web site.

Good luck!

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Changing processor results in windows xp pro failing to install

I'd try upgrading the bios with the working cpu and then try again.

Let me know what happens. I like the weird ones like this.


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What max speed processor i can use in my elitegroup k7sem motherb

Your manual says:

Accommodates AMD Athlon Duron, Athlon, and Athlon XP processors.

If you would like to see a fulll list, go to this site:

Hope this helps.

Dec 09, 2008 | EliteGroup K7SEM Motherboard

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First we need to properly identify your processor. You can go to AMD's website and under their Support and downloads page download a utility that can properly Identify your CPU Through codes it can read off of your chip.

If it is an Athlon 2800 this tool will tell you so. (Then it is likely your BIOS on the Motherboard just isn't recogniing it properly)

If it is an Athlon 2600 (Which I think is the more likely one) You may have purchased your Athlon from a less than reputable dealer. Who either remarked the chip themself or purchased it from a remarker at a discounted rate.

OK so now your wondering what is "Remarking" . This is when a chip dealer aquires a large amount of lower end chips then modify it by jumping some leads on the chip making it run beyond its intended rate (A process called OVERCLOCKING) and then prints a higher end processors stamp on it allowing them to sell it at a higher cost.

I hope this helps you

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Kta pro v1.0 bios problem

You are right - a new BIOS upgrade should give the proper displays. Go to the motherboard's manufacturer's website to download the latest bios.

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Pc upgrade !


Where you need to be is on Asus web site. Your board can handle ONLY; Athlon XP 3200+(400 MHz FSB)(Model 10)(Barton), AXDA3200BOX
With that CPU you must also have bios version 1004.
Check PCB and BIOS versions before flashing BIOS!
asus A7N8X supported CPU click here;

Since you seem to need your manual. Click the link:

You do not have an intergrated video card. You have a 1.5v 8x
AGP video slot.
I suggest you call Asus & make sure your CPU model AXDA3200DKV4E will be supported over model AXDA3200BOX.
You can call Asus tech M-F EST at 812-282-2787.

Good luck & Have a great day!

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Unless you can upgrade your bios chip, you can only go to
(Socket 462) AMD® Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron processor up to 2000+MHz.
If you upgrade your bios to version 1.1
You can run the XP 2200+ , Socket A.

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Athlon XP 3000+ is 400mhz FSB according to the link(,,30_118_1274_3734^11672,00.html), means that in order to display the actual speed of your Athlon XP 3000+ you have to set your board 166mhz to 200mhz jumper setting or in CMOS utility overclocking option. and also just to inform you that your motherboard is in Overclocked condition when set, because it only supports processors up to 333mhz FSB (

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Actually, your motherboard is a GA-7ZMMH, which we were lucky enough to see in the BIOS ID string. You can find the latest BIOS's from Gigabyte's website at: It looks like you're on the F5 rev. I would suggest the F10 rev, and only go to the F11b rev if you need the support for the Athlon XP 2600+. If you are not upgrading your BIOS for CPU support, or you do not need to support a CPU faster than the Athlon XP 2200+, then go with the F10 rev.

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