I have a inspiron 529s with a core 2 duo E4300 processor and want to upgrade to a core 2 quad q8200. I put in the new processor and got an amber light on the start button instead of blue, and a no signal from the monitor. The BIOS has the most recent version and there is no place in the setup to change CPU settings any help out there?
It is obvious then that that processor will not work. In order for a system to use a processor the motherboard must support it, the chipset must support it and most importantly the bios must be programed to recognize it.
So the motherboard is a Dell designed system as such it is not standard and designed to thier spec.
The chipset while it may have a standard number again it is Dell'd to their design spec. The bios will be the same.
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I don't think you can upgrade to a quad, you can go with the best of the core 2 duo but no quad.
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As Mars1100 said you will not be able to upgrade to a quad. The Inspiron 530 comes with two different motherboards. A G33m02 for duo and a G33m03 for quad. The major difference between the boards is power regulation. Since you have a core 2 duo your motherboard will not support a quad. Sorry.