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New CPU: Update BIOS to unlock multipliers or is there a safer option?
My PC is pretty old at this point, most of the components are from 2008 with a few upgrades along the way. I recently bought a Xeon X5460 to replace my Q8200. A modest upgrade, and I've been able to install it and have everything working as before.
However I can't get the most out of the new processor as the multiplier is locked to 6 (instead of the intended 9-9.5) and I can't change it in the BIOS. If there's any way around this without updating, I'm happy to try that. Googling has not been particularly helpful in this regard.
Updating the BIOS is something I'm very wary about trying unless absolutely necessary so I'd like to have the best information available if that's what's required.
I'd like to know which particular BIOS flashing software I should use, as I've been seeing a lot of conflicting information as to which is best/correct to use for my particular motherboard (MS-7502). I don't know whether to try via MSI, Award or Phoenix, as well as via Windows/Dos to execute the process.
The Ebay seller of the processor I got offered a custom BIOS file for my system and I have that file available in anybody here wants to take a look.
In addition, I've been having trouble making a bootable DOS environment using a USB key. I've used Rufus as well as trying a HP USB disk tool that has also been recommended. Trying to boot off the drive isn't quite working, as I'll end up with "Loading Freedos No KERNEL.SYS" on boot. Trouble is that using the same USB on my netbook works just fine and gives me the DOS prompt!
I'm really looking for advice here as to what's my best course of action as this is a little bit outside of my technical comfort zone!