I have a fairly old desktop, currently with an ABIT AL8-V motherboard, which I had had running with a Pentium D 930+ (3.0ghz dual core). I purchased and installed a core 2 quad (also socket 755), Q6600 SLACR. Now, my motherboard recognizes it, but the BIOS chip in my motherboard does not. The motherboard code (link to manual) reads 9.0. (different from 90), which means that the board has completed it's checks and is switching to the AWARD BIOS (actually Phoneix-made BIOS). If I can get a new BIOS chip (the 7-pin-by-9-pin kind) which supports the Core 2 Quad, will this motherboard work with this processor? Can I, in fact, switch BIOS chips without my motherboard stopping working? Is there any way besides finding a new motherboard to use my Core 2 Quad? If I need a new board, will an ASUS P5RDM-V2 work? (yes, that's a smaller board, but I have another computer with the Pentium D 930+ and that board adn woudl use it.)
You do not need a new BIOS chip. When people say 'you need a new BIOS' they mean you need to program (flash) a new BIOS program in your BIOS chip.
To solve your problem you want to: