- 1600 MHz clock speed
- 31 W TDP
- Socket S1
I located a Phenom II quad-core mobile processor for $45, with the following specs:
- 1800 MHz clock speed
- 25 W TDP
- Socket S1
Unless I'm mistaken, that processor should work in the laptop. The TDP is lower so the laptop should be able to handle the heat dissipation, the socket is the same so it should seat into the motherboard etc.
Here's the problem. I've already updated the BIOS to the latest version available from Gateway (I did that back in 2010 when the update was released). Judging by the fact that the Phenom processor was released in 2010 as well, I presume that BIOS update should have included support for those chips as well. However, when I swapped the CPUs on my board, the laptop wouldn't boot. It just powered on, flashed a couple of lights, the screen was completely blank, then it would power off and start all over again. So of course after seeing it repeat that process once, I figured I'd turn it off and swap back. So it's back up and running on the Turion chip again.
What I can't figure out is why it wouldn't POST or let me get to the BIOS or anything with the other chip in.
I checked the BIOS settings again to make sure I didn't miss anything, but there's no option for me to configure the power/bus/etc. in the BIOS so I assume it's got to be automatic based on the CPU, right?
The only thing I can think of is maybe Gateway used a board that can only support a dual-core chip? That's the one thing I hadn't considered - that the Turion chips were released in 2006 or 2007 and I don't think there was such a thing as a quad-core chip at that point, at least not outside of the server market maybe. So my fear is that the motherboard doesn't support a quad-core processor, but I don't know if that's even a limitation that is possible, or how to check that, etc.
Kudos to anyone who can help solve this little conundrum for me.