dropdead_fred

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Its a MSI CUBA MS-7301, its an OEM motherboard for a Packard Bell Imedia 2470, so there is no support for it on the MSI website.

http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=spec_cuba&ppn=PB34338701

from the supported CPU list i would have presumed the E7400 would have been supported. I have socket LGA775, and the MB supports a 1066 FSB.

I've flashed to the latest bios available version 3.16,

http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=6998840600&ppn=PB34338701

http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=instr_bios_cuba&ppn=PB34338701

The processor had been bought from e-bay apparently pulled from a working system, im not sure whether its a true compatability problem or a dud processor.

When i try to boot with the E7400 the PC powers up, but does not boot, no system beeps.

I need advice as to whether i've wasted money on a dud, before i try to buy another E7400 or similar.

Many thanks
 

dropdead_fred

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Thanks, in that case what chip would you recommend?

I realise im just squezing the last bit of life out of my PC, but i'd just invested in a GTS250 graphics card to find out my CPU is bottlenecking it.
 

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If you got the cash the best option is to get a Mobo that supports the 7400 and your GPU , and possibly grab a quality 500-600 watt Psu and call 'er a day.I speak from experience that those OEM Mobo's are crap ,no point on straping a saddle to a dieing donkey and calling it a race horse.
 

dropdead_fred

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Probably fine advice, but your missing my point.

I dont want to build a PC, i just want to squeeze a last year or 2 out of what i have.

I'd say i was a casual gamer, so im not looking to run everything at full whack , currently i've only come across 2 games that my CPU cant hack which are Star wars force unleashed special edition & prototype.

I know my MB is no longer suported so i have the must current bios im going to get, the last known supported processor according to the PB website was an Intel E2160.

Would i be safe in assuming that if i match the socket (LGA775),
533 / 800 / 1066 MHz FSB , and achitecure then a processor would most likely be compatable?