Hanspuppa
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Re: CPU Upgrade Not Working-Dimension 4300

The CPU I tried was an Intel P4 SL6PP, 2.6 GHz, 400FSB, 512k, Northwood.  I installed the latest BIOS on the Dell website (A06) but I installed it several years ago.  Is there a chance the BIOS was updated without changing the name from A06?I understand the comment that the BIOS may be locked to 2.4 GHz.  Is there any method of reading the BIOS to make that determination?Thanks!

Hello mikesn5va, Normally when a new BIOS is released, it will be labeled with a new version number.

I have never known of a BIOS release that has changes in the BIOS, listed as the earlier version.

The BIOS may infact, be locked at the speed you and others mention. It may be due to the chipset limitations.

I believe others have mentioned that the specifications for this system may be incorrect, as are many others that Dell releases.

Just some thoughts.

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Dustman25
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Re: CPU Upgrade Not Working-Dimension 4300

I just installed an sl6pp 2.6 ghz processor in my 4300 and it works fine.  The processor you got might not be in working condition, I've read that a 4300 can take up to 2.8 ghz and 1024 mb of memory (2 512 memory cards)

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7- Thorium

Re: CPU Upgrade Not Working-Dimension 4300

2 512 meg LOW Density Ram parts will work.

I see no reason why the 2.8Ghz part would not work.

Brand Intel
Processor Type Desktop
Series Pentium 4
Model RK80532PC072512
CPU Coket Type Socket 478
Core Northwood
Specification number SL7EY
CPUID 0F29h
Single-Core
Operating Frequency 2.8 GHz
FSB 400 MHz
L1 Cache 12KB + 8 KB
L2 Cache 512KB
Manufacturing Tech 130 nm
64-bit Support No
Hyper-Threading Support No
Virtualization Technology Support No
Multimedia Instruction MMX, SSE, SEE2
Voltage 1.525 V
Thermal Power 68.4 W

 
SL7EY 2.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A  CPU ID 0F29
SL6SB 2.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6HB 2.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6QR 2.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6PP 2.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A  CPU ID 0F29
SL6GU 2.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6PN 2.50 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6QQ 2.50 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6EB 2.50 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6GT 2.50 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6SA 2.50 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6GS 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL68T 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6PM 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6E9 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL66T 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL65R 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6S9 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6QP 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6SR 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL67R 2.40 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL5ZU 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL5YS 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL68S 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6E8 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6GR 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL66S 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6QN 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A   CPU ID  0F29
SL6PL 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6S8 2.20 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6S7 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL68R 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL66R 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL5ZT 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL62Q 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6SP 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6GQ 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6PK 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6E7 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6QM 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL5YR 2 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL62R 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL62P 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6LA 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6SN 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL63X 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6E6 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6S6 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6QL 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron C1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL66Q 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL6PQ 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron D1 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL68Q 1.80 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL62S 1.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A
SL668 1.60 GHz N/A 1 400 MHz 0.13 micron B0 512 KB 478 pin N/A


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Dustman25
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Re: CPU Upgrade Not Working-Dimension 4300

I just installed an sl6pp 2.6 ghz processor in my 4300 and it works fine.  The processor you got might not be in working condition, I've read that a 4300 can take up to 2.8 ghz and 1024 mb of memory (2 512 memory cards) 

 

I also put in a 256mb Crucial memory  card in slot 2 and everything is working fine.  Much faster too.  I found my processor on eBay for 30$ and the memory on Amazon for 39$

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djdusty1966
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Re: CPU Upgrade Not Working-Dimension 4300

Just thought I'd post this for anyone who comes across this. Follow all of the steps in here about updating the BIOS to A06. Use the existing heat sink with thermal paste(I used Arctic silver). Make sure the cpu you are installing has the 400mHz front side bus, as the 533mHz bus will not work. The Northwood SL7EY 2.80 GHz does work, be sure to examine the pins(two of mine were bent slightly, which stopped it from seating all the way).  While you are at follow the memory upgrade suggestions as well. I'm running the above processor with 1GB ram and it is all recognized. Find the Startech compatible 400watt power supply and install it, the extra power gives you a boost. I did all of the above for under $150.00 and am able to squeeze a few more years out of this Dimension 4300 while I save up for the parts I want to assemble my next computer. I am done with store bought, unless it is a laptop. ;D

Northwood SL7EY 2.80 GHz

1GB ram

GeForce FX5500 video card

Dell Dimension 4300 shell & motherboard

DVD-ROM, CD/CDRW, & a Floppy Drive

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