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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I have a HP Pavilion 8250 with the following known specifications:

1. 266MHZ CPU (Slot 1)
2. 128 RAM
3. 2 Meg on-board video RAM
4. 440LX chipset
5. Intel motherboard with a 5.X multiplier DIP switch setup
6. The BIOS supports large hard drives
7. Purchased computer in May of 1998 from Comp USA

This is all I know about it. I currently have this computer set to a 5.X multiplier setting and using the Celeron-266.

Can you advise me as to whether I can put a Pentium-II inside of this? It sure would be nice to get something done with it.

Please Help!

- - Craig, June 1999

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

- - Updated October 2000
As you can see from our Celeron stats page, your Celeron was one of the first ones off of Intel's assembly lines, before they incorporated an on-board cache that finally pushed it into the realm of a real processor. Looking at its CPU score, I can understand your frustration.

According to Hewlett Packard, you can upgrade to one of the older Pentium-II processors with this motherboard, but only those up to 333MHz (about 70% faster).

With a BIOS upgrade, you may be able to take advantage of some of the newer Slot-1 Celerons that have sped up to 466MHz. Although your motherboard is still said to be upgradeable only to 333MHz, you may be able to use some out-of-spec jumper settings to support faster speeds.

Of course, success with this upgrade depends upon being able to track down a Slot-1 Celeron, which may be a bit difficult these days. A better bet might be to invest in a Slot 1 adaptor and processor to drop into it.

Note that these solutions have not been verified with our own testing with this particular HP model, but are based only on the available documentation. However, for the price of a Pentium-III, they're worth a try to wring a bit more life out of your system.

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