A 1 GHz mobile P3 is the fastest you can use with an 8000.
The 8100 uses a mobile P3-m (mobile Tualatin) and can go a bit higher (to 1.3 GHz). The systems are close in physical specs, but you'd need new RAM unless you now have PC133.
The 8200 is the P4 system - it is not the same as the others in layout.
All things considered, if you can upgrade the CPU, go for it. If you have to start swapping boards, sell your system and buy a used 8100 or 8200 system- it'll be simpler and cheaper in the long run.
Yes, the stepping code will tell you what format the CPU is (see www.intel.com for details).
I've been searching through all posts related to upgrade an Inspiron 8000 -- but there is no list of processors that will work with this machine. I've found several models of Intel Mobile Pentium III processors (1G and under) that MAY work to upgrade my PIII-600. Does anyone know definitively if any of these will work or not??
1.0Ghz - SL69V1.0Ghz - SL53S900Mhz - SL53T866Mhz - SL5CF850Mhz - SL53L
Some of these are uPGA2 form, and some are not -- is that what determines whether it will work or not??
Unfortunately Intel does not provide much information either, and generally speaking, the Dell site is difficult to navigate -- too many choices.
Argh... I bought a 900Mhz - SL53T (it is a uPGA2 CPU) but it didn't work -- power light comes on momentarily (and so do the three lights below -- caps lock, num lock, etc), but then shuts right off.
I'm confident that I have seated it correctly because when I put the old processor back in, it works fine. There is nothing in the BIOS related to the CPU that I can change.
Any ideas what went wrong?? I've tried several times, same result.
Message Edited by leduke30 on 10-28-2005 12:47 AM