compiled by Robert Hancock
Help, my upgrade isn't working!
- If you have a Sound Blaster Live! sound card, have you upgraded the
drivers to the latest version before upgrading the CPU? Older driver versions
are not compatible with Coppermine CPUs and will cause crashes and/or Blue
Screen of Death problems (referencing the EMU10K1 module) when trying to boot
up with the new CPU installed. If your system cannot function sufficiently in
this state to allow you to upgrade the drivers, you may want to put the old
CPU back in, upgrade, then try the new CPU again.
FC-PGA upgrade problems:
- If you're using an IWill Slocket II, check all the jumpers, if any of them
on the slocket don't seem to fit tightly on the pins, try replacing them. It
seems that sometimes the ones they provide are kind of flakey. Among other
places, you can get new jumpers that should fit from Radio Shack, part number
276-1512 for a 10-pack, cost $1.29 ($1.99 in Canada).
- Double check that the jumper settings on the slocket are correct. Use the
automatic settings if you are not overclocking.
- Make sure the processor heatsink is properly attached, and that there's no
air gap between the processor and heatsink - look through the gap between the
processor and the heatsink and make sure the core in the center is fully
contacting the heatsink. (One thing that I would hope should be obvious but
apparently isn't to everyone, no you can't run the processor without the
heatsink, even for testing. The processor will overheat in seconds
without cooling and can be damaged.)
- Make sure the processor is fully seated in the socket, and the slocket is
fully inserted in the slot (the little clips on top of the slocket should lock
into the retention mechanism, or you should be able to move them outwards and
make them lock in if they didn't by themselves).
SECC2 upgrade problems:
- Are you certain that the CPU is seated all the way in the slot? The vast
majority of all problems with this type of upgrade are caused by this, and can
be fixed by more firmly seating the CPU in the slot.