AMD Sempron Support

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Jeff Thompson, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Hi, I have a Chaintech 7NIF2 motherboard. The motherboard is Socket A
    and the doc says it supports the following processors:

    AMD (K7) Duron
    AMD Athlon (K7/Thunderbird)
    AMD Athlon XP (Palomino/Thoroughbred)
    AMD Athlon XP (Barton)

    I understand that the Sempron CPU's are Socket A also, does this mean
    that a Sempron CPU will work with the Chaintech 7NIF2 motherboard or
    does the motherboard and/or BIOS have to explicitly support Sempron CPU's?


    Jeff Thompson, Nov 18, 2004
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  2. Well, I found out that Chaintech's website has a BIOS update that
    provides support the Sempron line of AMD processors.

    The obvious dumb question is now, do I have to first install a supported
    processor and flash the BIOS before installing a Sempron or will I be
    able to install the Sempron and flash the BIOS on the first boot?


    Jeff Thompson, Nov 18, 2004
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    Peter Guest

    I would imagine that you will need to install the cpu 'first', but that
    hopefully, it should be recognised and allow the machine to boot, but
    not as a Sempron until you flash the BIOS.
    Peter, Nov 19, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    generally youll want to flash the bios first, because the updated bios will
    still support your current CPU.
    Rob, Nov 19, 2004
  5. Rob, I don't yet have a processor. I tried to buy a AMD XP 2800+ Barton
    on Ebay. While I'm not officially screwed yet, it's not looking good for
    a replacement/return of a DOA Barton that I received.

    While my Ebay fiasco is pending, I was looking to purchase a "cheap" CPU
    that would let me start building and setting up my system (Mythtv setup)
    and replace with the Barton if I ever do actually get a replacement.

    I have an older AMD based system, perhaps I'll try to install that
    processor and flash the BIOS before buying a low-end Sempron.

    Thanks for the post.
    Jeff Thompson, Nov 19, 2004
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