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Topic Title: upgrading an MS-6389 (Gateway OEM from MSI) motherboard:
Topic Summary: can newer AMD CPU's be used with this board? Can it be overclocked? With/without BIOS change?
Created On: 07/17/2009 06:58 PM
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 07/17/2009 06:58 PM
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elmerfudge
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System: Athlon Thunderbird A1400AMS3C, 1.4Ghz, MS-6389 Ver 1 motherboard, KM133 chipset, 133 FSB, 756 MB RAM, Gateway system reliable since 2001.

Problem: CPU fan failed, and during the replacement operation, I accidentally powered on with CPU heat sink and fan removed (don't ask ). Serious beeping on POST, I powered off within 15 sec (pulled power plug), but CPU was VERY hot to the touch. With new CPU fan, system now will not boot -- it powers on, the HD turns, but no video signal, no POST beeps, etc. I'm assuming I fried the CPU.

Questions:

1. Is there an easy way to check if the motherboard itself is ok? No visual damage, melting, etc.
2. eBay has the processor for sale for cheap, used. Any non-eBay suppliers of this? This technology is pretty old, but has been working fine for modern web surfing/streaming video, so it might be worth it to me to spend $25 to get it going again
3. On the other hand it might be time to upgrade. Before I go the new motherboard/CPU/chipset/RAM route: can this board take a faster processor, be overclocked, etc? Any resources someone out there knows of?
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