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Topic Title: XP-M compatible BIOS für A7V8X?
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Created On: 05/22/2004 10:05 AM
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 05/22/2004 10:05 AM
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I am running the combo below just fine. The CPU runs at 13.5x133 as per spec. Didn't try overclocking yet. The A7V8X (BIOS 1014) recognizes the CPU as an Athlon MP 1800 MHz (probably because the L5.3 bridge is open on the mobile Athlons). Consequently, it reports the CPU as an Athlon MP to the operating system (SuSE Linux 9.1 w/ kernel 2.6.4 and ACPI). No PowerNow features available . Curiously, it did work as a mobile on my old A7V with the latest BIOS (albeit only as FSB100).

Does anyone know if there is a patched BIOS for this board which makes it recognize mobile Athlons?


Asus A7V8X, AMD XP-M 2400+, 512MB PC2100, SuSE Linux 9.1
 05/23/2004 06:23 AM
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Well, mobile processors are NOT supposed to be used on a desktop-motherboard in the first place, even tho they will usually run without too much problems if setup properly(the CPU not being recognized as a mobile part is merely a cosmetic thing).

PowerNOW! is intended for Laptops/Notebooks ONLY.
A Desktop-motherboard's BIOS does NOT support PowerNOW! - NO manufacturer will provide BIOS-updates specifically for mobile-processors.
If you ever did get PowerNOW! to work on any desktop-motherboard, consider yourself lucky...

If you have a VIA-based motherboard, you should be able to use utilities like CPUMSR or Crystal CPUID(search on google) to manually adjust both clockspeed and voltage from within window$ - i am not currently aware of any Linux-versions of these utilities, tho.

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