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Motherboard and the new CPU should be compatible. The old one was a Celeron.

This is the motherboard and this is the CPU.

How do I update the BIOS in a situation where I can't boot? Do I have to the old CPU back in just to do that?

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Precisely.

  • Put the old CPU back.
  • Boot.
  • Check the current version of the BIOS and the latest version of the BIOS.
  • Update the BIOS with a version (version A11) which supports your newer CPU.
  • Swap CPU's again.
  • Live happily ever after. :)
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Beat me to it ;) – hydroparadise Jul 31 '12 at 20:10
    
How do I update the BIOS? Used this guide first: danlynch.org/blog/2009/01/upgrading-dell-m1330-bios I don't find my system id on the dell site. Then tried this: wiki.ubuntu.com/DellBIOS I'm stuck at the point where he says mount the .img file he just renamed. Can't mount it. Installed AcetoneISO. Doesn't do it neither. – H3R3T1K Jul 31 '12 at 20:30
    
Got that one too. Thanks guys! – H3R3T1K Jul 31 '12 at 21:27

Unless you are prepared to solder a new BIOS ROM with the updated version, then yes, I would recomend placing the old CPU in so that you may be able to update the BIOS.

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