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Your solution Thanks mate, thats what i thought but when i recently visisted a PC retailer he advised me that due to my limited processor speed it would not be worth putting a decent card in as my pc would fall over under the strain.

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    Thanks mate.

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Well, according to your link to the specs of your PC, the processor should not be a problem since it's a dual core. However, after thinking about it, an nVidia 8600 or 8800 both use power from the PCI ex16 and an extra connector from power supply. If the wattage on the power supply is to low, the video card could strain it. An nVidia Gforce 8500gt does not use an extra connection from the power supply. I would go with one of those.

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My pc wont boot up how can i tell what core it is? its a Dell with 2.8 ghz intel


If this holds true,

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7577204_specifications-dell-model-dhm-computer.html

,the Dell computer is a Dimension 8250.

If that holds true, then NO. The motherboard chipset does NOT support using a dual core processor, much less a quad-core.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

The motherboard chipset used for the technology of your Dell motherboard, utilizes a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

Let's regress for a moment;

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

If you would take the motherboard out of the computer case, and stand it up in the same direction/position it was in the case, on a table; the motherboard can be viewed as a Map.

The Processor is due North, the Ram Memory slots are due East, the white long PCI slots are due South; and the I/O ports are due West.

The Northbridge chip is always close to the CPU. (Processor)
This is one reason it is named the Northbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip lays down near the white long PCI slots.
Yes. Due South.

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

Therefore when you want to upgrade the Processor, not only take a look at what processor socket is used on the motherboard; but also see what the Northbridge chip is.

[There is more ]

HIGH-speed graphics being AGP, and PCI Express,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

a) Using a graphics card inserted into a white long PCI expansion slot, is NOT high-speed graphics.
b) Using Integrated Graphics is NOT high-speed graphics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

1) Anything connected to the IDE bus. (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
2) Anything connected to the SATA bus.
3) Anything connected to the USB bus.
4) Anything connected to the Ethernet bus.
5) Audio (Sound)

An example of general location using this example,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ASRock_K7VT4A_Pro_Mainboard_Labeled_English.svg

The motherboard example is clocked 90 degrees to the Left, plus a few more degrees (22?); than how it actually is positioned in a computer case.

As you can see with this example, the Northbridge chip has an aluminum finned Heatsink on it. They run hot, and need to be cooled.
The Southbridge chip in this example does not use a Heatsink.
Most newer motherboards do.

The motherboard chipset used on the Dimension 8250 motherboard, is an Intel 850E.

One of the first Intel chipsets to start supporting Intel Pentium 4 processors.
Age, my man. This baby is O-L-D.

Dual core processors weren't even heard of then. They hadn't come out.
Much less quad-core processors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_chipsets

Fourth listing down in the Chipset column. 850E

Northbridge is Intel 82850E
Southbridge is Intel ICH2. Part number is Intel 82801BA

-> RDRAM?
Just spotted this.

Should mean you are running an Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium 4, that use a Socket 423.

Seriously? RDRAM?
That ram memory technology has been left way behind.
Rambus DRAM. (Dynamic Random Access Memory)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDRAM

Plus the price of Ram Memory is out-freaking-rageous!
For the price of 1GB of RDRAM, you could buy 4GB of Sdram
DDR, DDR2, or DDR3.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

Advise get rid of that motherboard.

Processor? Nope. Can't reuse. Why? It's a Socket 423 Intel processor. They use RDRAM ram memory.
Intel made a deal back in the day, that they would manufacturer Intel processors utilizing a Socket 423, and RAMBUS ram memory,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_423

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_4_microprocessors#Willamette_.28180.C2.A0nm.29

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 04, 2013 | Dell PC Desktops

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I have an el1333g desktop it has a amd 64x2 2.4 prosscer in how much bigger can i go


Select the "Start Menu." Click to select "Control Panel." This will open a new window with several clickable options. Choose "System and Maintenance," typically located near the top left-hand corner of the Control Panel Click to select "System" from the new list of options Look for the CPU's stock speed as indicated under the "Processor" heading. This is a ballpark, relatively close estimate of your computer's CPU speed, as provided by the manufacturer. Checking the Stock CPU Speed in Windows XP Click the "Start Menu. Right-click on "My Computer." Select "Properties." By default the Properties window will usually be set to the "General" tab, but if the window is set to a different tab you'll need to click on the "General" tab located near the top of the window. Check the CPU rating as listed underneath the "Computer" heading. b> Determining Real-Time CPU Speed Go to CPU Speed Professional's website (see Below) and download "CPU Speed Professional." While other free CPU clocks exist, many are beta programs with glitches and unwanted bugs. CPU Speed Professional is well-known and reputable, receiving the "Vista 5 Star Software Award" according to its website. Install the recently downloaded " http://download.cnet.com/cpu-speed-professional/3000-2086_4-10833139.html " file by double-clicking on it and following on-screen prompts to complete the automated install procedure. Open CPU Speed Professional. Click "Test Your Speed" on the main program interface. A real-time, active measurement of your CPU speed will appear numerically, and CPU Speed Professional will also display your CPU speed on a stylish meter for easy visual comprehension. Get a Faster Processor b> Start by visiting Intel.com (see the Below ) to research and figure out which processor you want. http://www.intel.com/products/processor/index.htm Read the page and click on the links to the different processor families. Once inside the processor families you can look at the specifications and speeds of the processors. There are three main ways of determining the speed of a processor. First is the speed, measured in GHz. The higher the speed (example: 2.4 GHz) the faster the processor. Second is the L2 cache, measured in MB (example: 2 MB L2 Cache). The L2 cache is kind of like the CPU's own RAM; the larger the cache, the faster your computer operation will be. Finally, there is the Front Side Bus (FSB) speed. The FSB speed is the speed that bits of data are fed through the processor. FSB is measured in MHz (example: 1066 MHz FSB). Once you have an idea of the processor you want, continue to step two. Ensure that your processor of choice will be compatible with your current system. You can do this by checking the documentation for your motherboard. Look through the manual to find out what its CPU socket type is (example: LGA775). There can and will be different socket types on CPUs so ensure your processor choices match up with your motherboard before continuing. The socket (or package) type will be listed in the specifications of any processor you look at. Worth noting is that some motherboards also impose a limit for how high the FSB of a processor can be. While a higher FSB processor will still work with a lower FSB motherboard, processors have to go by the speed limit imposed by the motherboard. Keeping this in mind, as long as the socket type is the same on both parts, they will be compatible. Visit Newegg.com (see Below) or a similar computer or electronics store of your choice and nose around the processor section of the site. http://www.newegg.com/Store/Category.aspx?Category=34&name=CPUs-Processors You should be able to find the processor model you are after. Decide on a processor. If you've already done the research suggested in steps one and two, you should have a decent idea of the kind you want. Choose among the models you selected and add it to your cart, ensuring that the socket type of your new processor will match your motherboard. Once purchased, you should receive it within a few days.

Hope this helps.

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The computer chassis with the chassis intrusion feature installed and enabled has been opened or the chassis intrusion alert has been cleared. The processor temperature is too hot and the power supply has...


remove the processor heatsink and the processor clean the surface and apply a thin layer of heat sink compound and fix back the processor and also check the processor fan is working if the processor is fauly the processor heats up quickly and shutdown the computer

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What is the maximum limit of Processor my OPTIPLEX GX26- can support? i have currently 2.4ghz processor working and i want to now what is the max limit i can upgrade it to, can i place intel core duo?


Sorry, the GX260 can not support a intel core duo. The processor sockets do not match the motherboard.

Also, it can handle any pentium 4 processor that uses an 800MHz bus speed, because the highest bus speed that the GX260 motherboard supports is 533 MHz. The fastest processor available for the GX260 is 2.6 GHz.


Here are the tech specs:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx260/en/ug/specs.htm#1110653

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Can i upgrade the processor


you didn't mention your current processor speed. The maximum processor speed that you can install is 2.2mhz and still depending on the type of motherboard you currently have. If what you currently have right now is just a little less than that of the highest possible CPU that your board can accommodate, it's not advisable then for a CPU upgrade. Better upgrade also your board and/or just upgrade your memory for an additional speed.

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I have a HP a1630n thee monitor says video cable connected?.The processor fan runs full speed all the time,thats all it does!


The Processor fan usually runs full speed, when the Processor is sensed to be overheating. BIOS, (BIOS program), determines if the Processor is past it's thermal limit. This is done by sensing the Negative value of a Ground to the Processor. If the negative value is too low, BIOS turns the Processor off. [Thermal Limit: A Processor is a type of I.C. Integrated Circuit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU Electrons passing through the miniature circuitry within the Processor, make heat as they move. (One Electron actually hits another Electron. This activates the motion of Electrons, that is soon to become Electricity. Electrons hitting each other create Friction. Friction causes heat) A Processor can only run so hot before it burns up. (Literally in some cases. As in....... On Fire) There is a limit set as to how hot the Processor can still function correctly, and what is the maximum safe limit before the Processor's instructions, starting breaking down. This is the Thermal Limit ] As the heat builds up, the Heatsink, and Processor Fan, cool the Processor down. Helps to keep the Processor, well below it's Thermal Limit. [ The Processor's fan can sit on top of the Heatsink, or it can be a front case fan pushing air through a plastic tuned port, to the Heatsink. Your processor fan is sitting on top of a Heatsink. A typical Heatsink/Fan combo, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3451342&CatId=493 Typical construction of a Heatsink, is a flat plate of metal with tall, thin fins protruding from it. Heat is absorbed by the plate of metal, and the fins absorb the heat from the plate, where it is radiated away. Your Processor fan is sitting on top of a Heatsink, which is sitting on the top of the Processor's case] The top of a Processor's case, and the bottom of a Heatsink, are not perfectly smooth. An in-depth view shows 'Hills, Valleys, and Pits'. These form cavities, or voids, that are filled up with Air. Air is an Insulator, not a Conductor. Thermal paste compound is used to fill these voids, and transfer heat from the top of the Processor's case, to the bottom of the Heatsink. Thermal paste is a Conductor. A typical Processor's thermal limit, is usually pretty warm. Time, after time of heating the Processor up, has also heated the thermal paste. Thermal paste can dry out, and harden due to this. It reduces the thermal properties of the thermal compound, to a useless state. It is an Insulator now, and not a Conductor. Doesn't conduct heat. Age also causes the properties of the thermal paste to break down. I would suggest taking a look at the thermal compound. It's always a good procedure to clean the Processor, and the Heatsink, and install fresh, new thermal paste. Decent thermal paste averages around $6, but a 'Mom and Pop' computer shop may have a one Processor application, for around $2. [Remember to follow Anti-Static Precautions, BEFORE reaching inside your unplugged from power, computer ]

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I have an IBM thinkcentre m51 that I am trying to upgrade to a dual core processor. It seems that it won't take it. Is there a setting on the bios that will allow the motherboard to support a dual core...


Most major manufactures use motherboard designed to their specs and upgrades to the processor are limited. You can use software such as Belarc Advisor, to determine what motherboard you have and then you can search the net to determine what processors are compatible with it.

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Bios update can resolve lack of fan's control?


Probably not as you can only flash your BIOS from the manufacturer, so that is probably the latest version they produce since you got it recently. Under no conditions do I recommend trying to flash BIOS from someone other than the orignal manufacturer as any mistake will cause your computer to become unbootable.

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I have an eMachine T2240 with an Intel Celeron processor 2.20 GHz & 384 MB of RAM.  The only real complaint I have is that this machine runs slow - it is rather aged - and I tend to bump up against my...


Memory: Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 1GB per slot. You may purchase here.
This will give you the biggest speed increase.

CPU: I could not find specs for which cpus this motherboard supports. However, I had one of these same machines and succesffuly swapped out the celeron processor for a pentium 4 processor, 2.53 GHz. You should be safe finding a used processor on ebay that's a Pentium 4 2.2 GHz and it should work for you.

Thanks and please take a moment to rate as fixya.

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Dell dimension 2400


The front side bus speed of the processor is the limiting factor of your RAM speed.
The Processor has a 400 Mhz FSB, hnece your RAM runs at 266.
For RAM to run at 333 (PC 2700), you'll need a 533 FSB Processor.

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