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SOCKET 7 CPU
Mazinger Z Feb-14-02 09:59 AM
I discovered that my friend has an old PC using a socket 7 CPU of 133Mhz. He wants us to upgrade the CPU. We pulled it out from the board and are now going from store to store trying to buy one of higher Mhz. They keep telling us that we will never find one. That Socket 7 CPUs don't exist anymore. How or where can we buy one? We understand that socket 7 CPU went as high as 550Mghz and that would be better than the 133mghz he has now.


1. RE: SOCKET 7 CPU
lbyard Feb-14-02 05:15 PM
In response to message 0
Although they are obsolete, you probably can find some socket 7 CPU's. The questions that should be answered before you start looking for one is which socket 7 CPU's will work with the board and is it worth doing compared to other alternatives? I doubt very much that the motherboard will support a 500 or 550 MHz processor. It might go as high as a 233 MHz processor and that will be very hard to find. Frankly, the motherboard is over the hill by a mile (http://duxcw.com/digest/editorial/obit.htm), is nearing the end of its life and could fail at any time, and you are wasting your money if you spend any to upgrade it. Larry

2. RE: SOCKET 7 CPU
xroyal Feb-15-02 01:53 PM
In response to message 1
Post the make and model of the motherboard, and maybe someone can give guidance on what CPUs it can handle. You might also check makers website. Socket 7 still does a lot of current applications. Ebay auctions have a lot of Socket 7 CPUs. Good luck.

3. RE: SOCKET 7 CPU
Mazinger Z Feb-16-02 01:15 AM
In response to message 2
There's no documentation on the motherboard. It's old and the famous "motherboard bible" is missing... How can I figure out what type of MB I am dealing with?

Thanks


4. RE: SOCKET 7 CPU
lbyard Feb-16-02 06:29 PM
In response to message 3
http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/mb/det.htm. Larry

5. RE: SOCKET 7 CPU
Mazinger Z Feb-17-02 11:37 PM
In response to message 4
Hey Larry!
I am dealing with a very old MB...It may well be called a "great-grandmother board". It has zero PCI or ISA slots. It only contains 4 slots of 72 pin simms and a large (brown) slot similar to an ISA slot on which a second mother board connects and it's on this second mother board that all the slots are located (2 PCI and 4 ISA)
I was able to find a socket 7 CPU of 500Mghz. The sales guy told me that it should be compatible with my MB. When I came home and tried to install it, I realized that it wouldn't be possible...why?
because the CPU I bought already came with the fan attached to it and there is not enough room to put it on the socket... Remember that right on top of the main motherboard there is alos a secondary board for the slots. so the new CPU with it's fan does not fit between that space. of course it fits without the fan but it is recommended to have the fan...right?
Anyway. I am now looking for a smaller secondary board, maybe one with only 2 PCI slots and that will do leave enough space for the CPU and the fan to fit in.
There is also no information at all on the board as far as its manufacturer or nothing.

6. RE: SOCKET 7 CPU
lbyard Feb-18-02 06:05 PM
In response to message 5
I doubt very much that that CPU will work on that board. The motherboard is not worth fooling with. Larry

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