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.
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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