OverDriveŽ Processors
Basic Troubleshooting on Your Own

The Pentium® OverDrive® processor was designed to be a user friendly upgrade minimizing hassles and worries surrounding a processor upgrade. This checklist was compiled to help troubleshoot some of the common issues that can come up.

  1. Did you check the online upgrade guide?
    If your system is not listed, you may want to contact your system manufacturer.

  2. Did your original processor work fine with your system before you put in the OverDrive processor?
    Make sure your system is healthy before upgrading with the OverDrive® processor. If you don't, you may make existing problems worse.

  3. Did you make any jumper changes or voltage changes?
    If your original processor was an Intel® Pentium® processor and you are upgrading to a 120 MHz or higher Pentium OverDrive processor, no changes should be made unless listed in the Online Upgrade guide. If your original processor was an Intel486™ processor, check your manuals.

  4. Do you have the latest BIOS for your computer?
    The latest BIOS may fix the problem. Check with your manufacturer. Be careful when you update your BIOS. Follow the directions exactly and perform the update with your ORIGINAL processor. Damaging the BIOS update can cause damage to your system so if you're uncomfortable, please take your system to a computer center who may charge a nominal fee to perform the BIOS update for you.

  5. Can your system run in Windows* 95/98 safe mode with the OverDrive processor?
    Windows* safe mode loads only the most basic drivers. If your system works fine in safe mode, most likely that means you need to update some drivers. In this case, do a Windows step-by-step boot up to note the point of failure and get the driver for that device from the manufacturer.

  6. Have you added hardware before upgrading with the OverDrive processor?
    Strip out the added hardware and see what happens. Then gradually add the components back in. Sometimes, the added pieces of hardware are not designed to work with the faster OverDrive processor (or the hardware may work if you obtain a driver update).

  7. Did you take out the extra memory or cache?
    Memory should be metal-matching with the connector. Take memory out of system and see what happens. Once again, some memory components were not designed to run at the OverDrive processor's higher speed. In addition, SIMM trees or SIMM expanders definitely shouldn't be used.

This applies to:

OverDriveŽ Processors

Solution ID: CS-012626
Last Modified: 11-Dec-2014
Date Created: 22-Jun-2004
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