Today, my old Athlon 1200 was fried by the power supply. I have a deadline to meet... no panic yet, but close...
I installed a new power supply and when a friend (who deals with PC hardware) told me that the old board would take a Sempron 2400+, I bought one.
The board is a Abit KT7A, with 512 MB SDRAM. It does not recognize Semprons, of course. I tried several bus speed/freq combinations and it runs w/ 1200 Mhz/100 FSB now. Still, it hung a few times during boot (W2K) although a full check of all drives turned out no damage. I just booted in safe mode, rebooted and now everything seems fine. The BIOS says "unknown CPU" but so far, it seems stable.
I didn't care about hardware developments during the past few years and I'm slightly lost when it comes to current CPUs, RAM specs etc.
The board offers 100-133 Mhz FSB speeds and various CPU multipliers, up to x12.5.
Voltage is 1.60V.
OK, is there a chance to get my Sempron to run at full speed, or at least stable at reduced speed? Or am I just asking for another crash?
You should upgrade your BIOS from your mobo manufacturer, then perhaps it will recognize your cpu. And it will maybe give you some more fsb to choose from to be able to get it to work at the right speed.