I recently got the bug to upgrade my various computers. My newest one was an AM2/Athlon X2. Being on a fairly fixed budget, I started shopping around on Ebay and others to get my parts. I was fortunate to get a mobo/processor combo for my primary box, and got it up and running. A K9N6, I believe, with a Phenom I X4. Worked great. So, I started on my secondary box. I managed to acquire another AM2+ mobo and initially used it with on old AM2 processor. Worked great. But, I wanted more. I found a Phenom I X3, 8550, for a fair price. When it came in, I put it in the box, and it started right up, but, the computer seemed to loose its memory. I got all kinds of new hardware finds, and the computer seemed to get stuck in an infinate loop, restarting, and then just sitting there. I would have to restart the computer, and then it would start all over again. I later moved the X3 to another computer with an Asus AM2+ mobo, which had run in a stable fashion with an AM2 processor. But, I had the same problem with the X3 in that mobo, as well. The processor is not dead, but, it appears not to like either of these boxes. The first had an ASRock board, AM2+/AM3 mobo, and the second had an Asus M2N-VM. Both ran well with the older processor, but, not with the 8550 X3. This processor was supposedly pulled from a brand new machine, and sold as '...New, other...'. So, there is no sending it back. I just hate the idea of throwing it away. Any ideas on how to make it work? I checked the bios on both mobos, and both are current, according to CPU-Z. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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2/26/11 at 11:34am