After trawling the web for numerous weeks, I finally took the plunge and went ahead. The first strategy was to locate and find my motherboard serial number and computer version. Secondly, with an universal PC by major computer companies HP, Dell, Packard Bell, you could find accessing all options in the BIOS on startup severely limited, because they are re-written to accommodate the many motherboard chip configurations determined by the many models issued. So an upgrade might be necessary allow dual core use. This is determined to function as the case here. More on this later.
Definitely the simplest way to obtain the serial number, is to delve inside the PC, always taking the precaution of removing all the ability cables and ancillary add-ons. Additionally, wearing an anti-static wristband to’earth’yourself is very important to guard your new CPU and internal semi-conductors investment. The motherboard serial number is found, usually between the PCI slots or about the edge of the board. This information might be obtained by utilizing various software packages and the windows system info option, but we should keep this’bombproof’and cheap don’t we? Visually checking the hardware can do this and provide practice in overcoming the fear of’operating’on your PC. As of this stage we’re only looking aren’t we? The manufacturers website is usually forthcoming with hardware information once you’ve pinpointed your model, and this can be crosschecked with your physical findings. The old addage’measure twice – cut once’is very apt in doing anything to your PC. Now finding your BIOS chip can be useful, taking note of producer and serial numbers scrap Pentium pro CPU. You might have a report label which must be gently peeled back again to reveal the information.
Ok, so the following stage was to obtain the fastest CPU recommended by HP in this case, for the motherboard. The single core AMD 3700+ had never given me problems before but I came across it increasingly difficult to utilize Photoshop CS5 (32bit) with any speed. The setup was OK in preferences, CS5 Bridge however, was taking forever in opening images from my external hard drive. Always keep your irreplaceable files off the main PC! The fastest CPU available for the motherboard was an AMD x2 4800+ (socket 939, check always your socket is compatible!) Having read very favourable reviews on the CPU (top of the product range on release, but price prohibitive originally $1001) I endeavoured to get one on Ebay. Low and behold, several used and new items were found at a tenth of the original price and one was secured. I understand many of you might think that these are old chips now and don’t hold their own set alongside the state of the art CPU’s currently on the market. Financial firms an upgrade for an ageing PC (5years old!) remember, and for anyone on a limited budget, the pros of upgrading outweigh the cons of buying a new PC.
Armed with the new chip I eagerly placed on my wristband, removed the ability supply plug, removed the side panal, located the fan and heatsink spring and removed them. Good opportunity to provide them a good clean utilizing a quality decorators brush. I removed the CPU after releasing the retaining arm fully and dropped in the new CPU. Job done I believed, now we see if the BIOS really does need an upgrade. Power cable inserted, monitor attached, and fired up. Oh dear! Fan on overdrive, blank screen, wouldn’t even POST. Pulled the ability and replaced the CPU with the’old’one and reassembled. Just a note here, there is plenty of heatsinking paste left from the past installation. This is re-applied in every cases by having an old credit card in order to guarantee a slim film and correct heat dissipation. The heatsink clip was fiddly- the rule- don’t force anything! You could damage the motherboard. Deep breaths and patience required.
BIOS update. The words themselves bore deep to the soul and promote fear at ab muscles thought. If anyone has been doing this before and killed their PC then I could understand the trepidation. If it’s not broken, don’t repair it’is a superb rule but in this case, there’s no option. I have been there 4 years back and luckily the PC was still under warranty. New motherboard and CPU. Now, I was on my own. However, I’d just bought a CPU, so I was out of pocket there. I’d downloaded what I deemed to be the best BIOS update from HP. I’d also thought better of it and downloaded two bios updates from BIOSAgent.com for a demand of $37. Surely they had sent me the right choice ?.I’d given them the serial numbers and my upgrade intent. Was it actually the BIOS or had I bought a duff CPU? Only one method to find out. There is no solution, lacking going back, and I’d committed myself. An update wouldn’t give my old CPU a problem, installing the incorrect BIOS though, would completely screw the whole PC. I sat on the idea for at the very least 3 days. All of it boiled down to this. Can I deal with the truth that I really could have a desktop doorstep, or a great PC upgrade for the utilization I wanted. For some inexplicable reason one friday night, the decision was made. I really could deal with the decision.
I’d the decision of 3 updates. I dismissed my own, personal download free since it couldn’t be verified. From the 2 purchased, I clicked on the HP BIOS. Before I’d opportunity to doubt the chance of updating through windows XP, the task was done! A restart proved an update from phoenix award (vers 6.00PG) 3.4 to 3.47, no problems whatsoever. I couldn’t believe it!
So now, after replacing the old CPU with the new dual core, everything worked beautifully. BIOS recognised the CPU, and CS5 was better.’Let’s push things only a little further’I thought. I have recently purchased a laptop for work and have already been very impressed with the 64bit Win 7 OS. Imagine if I upgraded the old desktop OS? Afterall, it have been gathering god knows what rubbish on the’C’drive and most of the programs were not used. A spring-clean was needed, and a clean drive will be a great start.
I’d been diligent in keeping my PC regularly defragged, registry cleaned and generally as much as par, but I hankered after 64bit CS5 and the capability of an elevated workflow. I debated using windows transfer, but I’d only be transferring garbage, wouldn’t I? I tried it to backup to an ext. hard disk drive, it took forever (4days!) but didn’t transfer the files back. A clean install of windows 7 64bit from an obtained disc, was so clean I hardly remember it. I are in possession of only the programs I need. Gather your discs and any download.exe files and reg. keys beforehand! Each of them run beautifully. I make use of a 16GB’ readyboost’flash stick, have 4GB ram installed and the whole system runs almost as fast as my new laptop AMD Turion II N530. Photoshop CS5 runs so quickly, the opening images in bridge are almost instant and I could utilise the ram to render in record (for me!) time. I utilize the empty internal partition’D’drive for the CS5 scratch disc use.