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Chapter 9. Troubleshooting Memory, Proce... > Troubleshooting Processor Upgrades

Troubleshooting Processor Upgrades

Processor upgrades offer desktop computer users the promise of speed, speed, and more speed. However, processor upgrades can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth. In the following sections, we'll help you overcome some of the biggest challenges in performing a processor upgrade that works in your system and brings you truly better performance.

Fried Processor? Find Out Why Before You Do It Again!

If you're reading this chapter because your old processor has bit the dust, you'd better figure out why—and solve the underlying problem—before you pop a new processor in the system. If it's something as simple as a worn-out active heatsink (heatsink with a fan), go ahead and install a new processor and active heatsink, but make sure you install a reliable hardware monitoring program in Windows to warn you of problems in the future. However, if the fan seems fine but the processor just “woke up dead,” you might have a problem with a bad power supply or motherboard. See Chapter 10, “Troubleshooting Power Problems,” for testing methods. Don't install a new CPU until you know why the old one failed!



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