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I have optiplex gx60 desktop system running

I have optiplex gx60 desktop system running celeron 2.4ghz in the 478b socket I have a p4 2.6ghz Northwood is there any reason this upgrade will not work?

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  • c d holiday May 26, 2010

    Well I tried it It started to boot then on the windows XP start up page the sliding bar froze. so I powerd down then tried the original Centrino cpu again! when swapping out the P4 I noticed the heat sink was was VERY hot and on pwr up the bios reported a over heat shut down and the system powered off. now on power up I get the p/s fan , the cpu cooling fan and the pwr available light on the m/d the p/s voltages are all there but there is no video and absolutely no temp from the CPU heat sink. My next step will to verify the VCC on the socket. Any other ideas?

  • c d holiday May 26, 2010

    You state it will only be 8% faster I was under the info that the True P4 vs the centrino made an great computing difference? it is not about the 2.4 -> 2.6 speed.

  • c d holiday May 31, 2010

    OK I have verified the 1.525v on the cpu socket AF-4 and both the celeron 2.4 and the P4 2.6 chips do not fire up and there is no temp on the heat sinks. Does this indicate the M/B is dead or what else can I look at? all the p/s voltages show good.

  • c d holiday Jun 01, 2010

    MAkes sense. I think I have found my problem ON this GX60 Dell motherboard there is a levered 478 socket and a seating lever fot he heat sink I do not feel comfortable with the cpu seating in the socket properly (THE CHIP IS AFFIXED TO THE HEAT SINK) with old heat compound. so with the socket level down and attempting to insert the chip I do not feel comfortable with the CPU seating properly. It looks like I have to insert CPU the lock in the heat sink (of course with heat compound) then rotate the heatsink locking lever/ IN THIS CASE how is the best way to remove old (hardened) heat compound from between the cpu and heat sink so I can position both pieces separatly & correctly?

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No problem, it's the same generation so it will work just fine.

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  • Azrael SRL May 27, 2010

    When putting the new cpu did you smeared it with thermal paste before attaching the cooler ? Its absence is the usual cause for processor overheat. Yes, you should also check the Vcc - it should be set to 1.5 volts



    BTW you will get about 40% more power by upgrading since the difference in performance is ruled mainly by design of the cpu and far less by its actual speed.

  • Azrael SRL May 31, 2010

    1.525v is higher than normal but nothing to worry about, maximum tolerable is 1.55v. What you should worry about is the fact that it fails to work with both processors. Last hope: reset the BIOS, remove the hard disk and try to boot into BIOS - if it fails even now then the mb is dead.


  • Azrael SRL Jun 01, 2010

    Put the cooler on a solid table and ask a friend to hold it tightly.Clean every trace of old paste you can reach(start with a q-tip soaked in thinner and end up with a tooth pick).  Take a very fine razor blade and push it gently between the base of the cooler and the metal cap of the processor from different directions, it will pop out. Then clean it thoroughly.


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No, it should work. If it does work, then your computer will only be 8% faster.

If it does not work, then inserting the "new" CPU should _not_ damage your computer -- you can "revert" to the old CPU, and continue to use your computer, if your "experiment" with the new CPU "fails" to work.

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  • ikkenom Jun 01, 2010

    >> ... it will only be 8% faster I was under the info that the True P4 vs the centrino made an great computing difference?

    >> It is not about the 2.4 -> 2.6 speed.



    Well, it is, and it isn't.



    Take a 6-cylinder automobile engine running at 2400 RPM,

    and compare to an 8-cylinder engine running at 2600 RPM.



    The "extra" RPM will be the 8% improvement,

    but the change in internal architecture (from 6 to 8 cylinders)

    will mean more horsepower. When you need the extra horsepower,

    e.g., climbing a steep hill (or running some CPU-intensive shoot-em-up computer game), you'll notice more than an 8% improvement.



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