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#49599 by Ascii2
Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:55 pm
The latest version of the BIOS for the Dell Dimension 8300 desktop computer is A07 ( here ).

The Dell Dimension 8300 computer uses an Intel Pentium 4 Northwood (D1) processor.

The Dell A07 BIOS contains microcode revision 0x21.

The latest microcode that Intel Corporation released for the Intel Pentium 4 processor (FC-PGA2) (CPUID 0xF29, stepping D1) is 0x2E (according to Intel Documentation (Table 1)).

I wish to update the system BIOS with the latest microcode. I have tried using the Intel tool "CHECKUP7.EXE" to update the BIOS with the current microcode, but the utility reported that it could not update the BIOS (BIOS does not implement Intel microcode update API).

How can the system's microcode be updated in BIOS or where may an updated BIOS be acquired?

Coded below are the BIOS Agent 3.66 report and Processors Information section of the CPU-Z 1.45 report.

Code: Select allProgram: BIOS Agent Version 3.66
BIOS Date: 09/27/04
BIOS Type: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07
BIOS ID:   Dell 0W2562 BIOS Version: A07
OEM Sign-On: None
Chipset:   Intel 2578 rev 2
Superio:   Unknown
OS:        Win2000 SP4
CPU:       Pentium 4 2800 Mhz MAX: 3600 Mhz
BIOS ROM In Socket: No
BIOS ROM Size:      512K
Memory Installed:   512 MB
Memory Maximum:     4096 MB
Memory Slot 01:     256 MB
Memory Slot 02:     256 MB
Memory Slot 03:     0 MB
Memory Slot 04:     0 MB
ACPI Revision:      Unknown
Code: Select allProcessors Information

Processor 1 (ID = 0)
Number of cores      1 (max 1)
Number of threads   1 (max 1)
Name         Intel Pentium 4
Codename      Northwood
Specification      Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Package         Socket 478 mPGA (platform ID = 2h)
CPUID         F.2.9
Extended CPUID      F.2
Brand ID      9
Core Stepping      D1
Technology      0.13 um
Core Speed      2793.1 MHz (14.0 x 199.5 MHz)
Rated Bus speed      798.0 MHz
Stock frequency      2800 MHz
Instructions sets   MMX, SSE, SSE2
L1 Data cache      8 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Trace cache      12 Kuops, 8-way set associative
L2 cache      512 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control      no