On the way to upgrade my Asus P5L-MX mobo I bought a sh Intel Pentium E6700, the one with 3.2 Ghz, 2 MB L2.
I fixed manually the CPU frecq, FSB and DDR2.. to the best I could..
Now, from BIOS, I managed to get rid of the "Press F1 to resume" command, so I remained only with the POST message "CPU ucode error", which is not so bothering...
Manually fixing the CPU, FSB and RAM frequency I managed to stabilise the system at a performance 4 times better than the one of my previous P4 3 GHz processor.. So the risk I took worth it, as we talk small money.. sh parts..
There is still an issue which I didn't solve and I need help...
The Shut Down command does not close the Win XP completely.. The system blocks after "Saving current settings".. I have to close it from the Power button..
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