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Upgrading processor from 2.2 to 2.6

Hi I have just received a used 2.6GHz processor for my inspiron 8500 which currently has a 2.2GHz P4. It is definitely the right chip and it comes from a reputable online store from which I have bought other parts in the past so I guess the problem lies with me. When I try to start the computer after installing the chip, the power light comes on, as doe the 3 LEDs next to mute button. They stay on for a second or two and then all the lights go out. I have the latest BIOS version (#8), and as you can see, after re-installing the 2.2 chip everything runs fine. Any ideas? I have also noticed, that the 2.6 has a heat spreader which does not contact the surface of the heatsink. Is there a different heatsink element for the CPUs with heatspreaders? Many thanks! Alex

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  • missouribb63 Jan 07, 2008


    no need to worry about the heatsink, I tested the fit before the installation. I will sandwich copper plate inbetween the heatspreader and the heatsink and it will work just fine. I was just wondering if Dell made a different heat sink specifically for chips with heatspreaders.

    Like I said, it is the right chip. Original Dell part H1112 specifically for the Inspiron 8500. My current processor is the H1115.



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If the hsf isnt making contact with the cpu then thats def not a good thing!!! Luck its an intel cpu cos an amd one would have just burned out!!

Are you 100% sure the cpu is a compatable upgrade for you laptop as it sounds like it isnt if old one was "naked" but new one has IHS (metal heat spreader). Is it a laptop cpu u bought or just a regular desktop cpu?

Could you supply the codes written on both chips please?

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  • Graeme Fallows Jan 07, 2008

    Fair enough if it is the right part but you cant put copper between the cpu and heatsink as it wont cool it properly and i can promise me your cpu will over heat.

    Its strrange that the one with the heatspreader (IHS) is sitting lower than the one without if they are identical chips as the ihs make the cpu higher.

    Waht are the intel numbers on the cpus? (not the dell ones)



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