noob2004
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xps 400 processor

i was told on here i could upgrade my processor in my xps 400 to a pentium 4 960 but i am recieving a solid amber light and no display. app the fans running fine. help. 

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rdunnill
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RE: xps 400 processor

Did you update your BIOS first?

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noob2004
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RE: xps 400 processor

thanks for answering and im sorry but im not pc literate but im trying!! could you tell me how to update my bios? thanks and sorry for being so naive.

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RE: xps 400 processor

thanks for answering and im sorry but im not pc literate but im trying!! could you tell me how to update my bios? thanks and sorry for being so naive.

 
noob2004
 
First you should check in the system setup, to see which BIOS version is already installed, to enter the setup, click F2 on startup.
 
The latest BIOS version is A07, with BIOS version A04, support for newer processors was added.
 
You can find BIOS version A07, together with the installation instructions here: 
 
 
Read the instructions carefully, as a failed, or corrupt BIOS update, can cost you a new motherboard.
 
Bev.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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noob2004
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RE: xps 400 processor

hi bev. i think i should also add i have windows 7 professional 64bit installed. i have added ram as well. i also have the latest bios but having windows 7 do i need different bios? im confused.

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RE: xps 400 processor

noob2004

You don't need a different BIOS update, for Win 7.

Did you install the processor and the memory at the same time?

Also, check the colour of the power button LED, is it solid, or blinking and the sequence of the four 1-2-3-4 Diagnostic Lights located on the front panel.

Page 53, Here:

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_xps_desktop/xps-400_owner%27s%20manual...

Bev.

 


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noob2004
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RE: xps 400 processor

no i didnt install processor and ram at the same time. the light is solid am=
ber. thx bev. what else?

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RE: xps 400 processor

noob2004

And the four Diagnostic lights on the front panel are....?

A solid amber power LED could indicate a possible memory issue, first try the following to see if they make a difference.

Quote:

A device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.

Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see page 74).

Remove and then reinstall any cards (see page 76).

Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable (see page 76).

Bev.

 


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RE: xps 400 processor

XPS400 Dimension 9150  DXP051

Pentium D 960 requires:

1. Latest Bios

2. Performance Copper heatsink as it uses 130W

3. DDR2 5300/6400 Ram, Low Density, Non ECC, Non Buffered.

http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-memory/XPS/XPS+400-upgrades.html

http://ark.intel.com/products/27522/Intel-Pentium-D-Processor-960-4M-Cache-3_60-GHz-800-MHz-FSB

Both versions of Pentium D 960 (SL9K7 - D0 - 95W) or (SL9AP - C1 - 130W) will need DELL

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noob2004
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RE: xps 400 processor

thanks for the help everyone. question, if i bought the SL9AP - C1 - 130W instead of the SL9K7 - D0 - 95W 960 processor woukd that be the cause of my problem? 

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