BIOS Update Should I ?

  Newuser4343 12:24 21 May 05
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Should I update my BIOS?, and if I do how do I save the current one?I built this PC with a Chaintech Apogee 7VJL Deluxe motherboard and Athlon XP 2600+ processor,Phonex Award BIOS version 6.00PG.However system information always shows the processor as XP2000+ 1662Mhz any comments or suggestions welcome.

  bremner 12:32 21 May 05

The board only support a front side bus (FSB) of 200/266Mhz.

The 2600+ came in three flavours click here(1224) two are 333Mhz and one 266Mhz.

From what you have said it seems likely the one you have is a 2.08Ghz 333Mhz which as you can see in the table shares the multiplier of 12.5 with the 2000+ - hence that is why it is only being seen as a 2000+.

I think it unlikely that a BIOS upgrade will up the FSB to 333Mhz. A new mobo may be the only way to get the full potential of this chip.

  dan11 12:53 21 May 05

I think this is bremner's link click here for some reason it is not showing. I think bremner has it spot on, you have the 333Mz 2600+ chip and not the 266Mhz model. :-(

  bremner 13:01 21 May 05

Thanks - that the link I tried to post

  Newuser4343 16:09 21 May 05

Yes it is the 333 FSB Is there any other way to up the speed,Overclocking?

  dan11 16:44 21 May 05

There is something strange here. The board says it supports a 200/266Mhz fsb, yet bios upgrade 3.0 says it is to support an AMD 3000+. This is probably the 333Mhz 3000+ as the other one has a 400Mhz fsb. click here I did not know you could alter the fsb!!

Are you running version 6.0 of the bios? This says;
Version : 6.0
Date: 2004/11/09
Note :
Feature :User can not change the CPU FSB frequency to overclock if user updates the previous BIOS(10/07/2004)


Perhaps it may be worthwhile looking at the manual. Have you tried altering the fsb in the bios. I'll have a quick gander at the manual.


bremner > this is a strange one.

  dan11 17:13 21 May 05

Things that can be checked. There is a fsb jumper on the motherboard, jp3, this must be set to pins 1-2 ( 100Mhz ) click here. You then need to alter jp31 to pins 2-3 click here

This should get your cpu running at the right fsb ( 333 mhz ).

But why is it listed as 200/266fsb?, yet it says 200/266/333 above? click here

  dan11 17:29 21 May 05

If you get it running at 333Mhz, then there is this utility from chaintech for this board.
click here
APOGEE Overclocking utility V1.53

It may boost the speed even more.:-)

  Newuser4343 17:48 21 May 05

I have checked the manual also and I agree need to check the jumpers will do this tomorrow am The cpu clock setting is 133 in BIOS which I think means jumpers are not in the correct configuration.I will leave thread open and reply when I have carried out checks Will also download Apogee overclocking Thanks for all help.

  Newuser4343 17:49 21 May 05

I have checked the manual also and I agree need to check the jumpers will do this tomorrow am The cpu clock setting is 133 in BIOS which I think means jumpers are not in the correct configuration.I will leave thread open and reply when I have carried out checks Will also download Apogee overclocking Thanks for all help.

  Rayuk 18:02 21 May 05

Jumper JP3 next to eide connectors needs to be on pins 1 & 2 for 166[333]Mhz cpus.
Page 18 in the manual

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