Originally Posted by Thunder_PC
The main difference in the "E" core is SSE3 support and some different memory dividers, all of which are controlled on the processor and BIOS independent.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but SSE3 and other instruction sets must be turned on by the BIOS or by the OS. That said, every OS hack I've seen that enables CPU functions has lead to instability.
Originally Posted by curious1
It's possible for the Turion to work with the motherboard, but Arima isn't providing a modified BIOS. The current BIOS won't do anything but show a black screen and freeze. I've been tinkering with the BIOS by updating the microcode. I got it to boot and it crashes in Windows before the logon screen. I read the AMD docs & found the revision E CPUs such as the Turion requires special coding in the BIOS. So my next step...
Dual channel memory MIGHT get you 10% performance increase, at most. A 3500+ is not bandwidth starved.
As others have said:
1) Compaq never said it could address two channels of RAM.
2) There is little if any performance increase.
3) Enabling the second channel probably lowers battery life.
4) You need to shutup, not the other way around.
Originally Posted by Compman55
No mine is a samsung chip. Although in my experiance with desktop systems, nanya is not very likely to cause conflicts as much as other brands. I would say it is worth a shot anyways.
I ended up with two 256MB Nanya chips. These chips are compatible with other types of RAM.