- List of LGA 771 & 775 CPUs + Current Prices
- Where can I get an adapter?
- Why would you want to do this?
- How does the adapter work?
- Minor modification to the LGA 775 socket is also required
- Motherboard Compatibility
- Recommended LGA 771 Xeon processors
- Tested motherboards
- Detailed instructions for completing this MOD
- Troubleshooting Problems
Detailed instructions for completing this MOD
Don't forget to fully reset your BIOS after completing this MOD - This is explained toward the end of these instructions, and it usually solves the majority of the problems that we hear about.
Disclaimer: We've done our best to explain this MOD in the safest way possible, and thousands of people have successfully completed it. However, please attempt this at your own risk. We are not responsible if your system is damaged during this process.
- Things you'll need
- Step 1 - Install the latest BIOS, and make sure your motherboard is compatible with your Xeon
- Step 2 - Remove the two plastic tabs from the LGA 775 socket, so you'll be able to install LGA 771 CPUs
- Step 3 - Attach the adapter to your Xeon processor (the triangle/arrow on the adapter should point toward the triangle on the CPU)
- Step 4 - Correctly install the Xeon into the motherboard socket (the triangle on the CPU needs to be aligned with the triangle in the socket)
- Step 5 - Do a FULL BIOS reset (use the 3-pin motherboard reset jumper, and then load the default BIOS settings on the first startup)
- Step 6 - Finishing up
- Troubleshooting Problems
Things you'll need
- Compatible LGA 775 motherboard
- LGA 771 Xeon processor that is compatible with your motherboard
- Sharp utility knife, box cutter, or razor scraper
- Tweezers (recommended)
- Magnifying glass (optional)
Step 1 - Install the latest BIOS, and make sure your motherboard is compatible with your Xeon
BIOS updates often add support for new processors, so you have the best chance of this working with the latest bios for your motherboard.
If you haven't done this already, you should also verify that your motherboard is compatible with the Xeon processor you want to install. If it isn't, your system will likely fail to boot.
Step 2 - Remove the two plastic tabs from the LGA 775 socket, so you'll be able to install LGA 771 CPUs
This step was already explained earlier in this guide.
Step 3 - Attach the adapter to your Xeon processor (the triangle/arrow on the adapter should point toward the triangle on the CPU)
Static electricity warning: The circuits on the processor (above where the adapter goes) are sensitive to static electricity, so touch a screw on the back of your computer to discharge yourself before handling it. If you're using metal tweezers, it would also be a good idea to discharge them as well.
First, wash your hands, so you don't weaken the adhesive when you handle the adapter.
Make sure the top-right edge of your adapter is only 1 pad long
If you look at the adapter shown below, you'll notice the top-right edge of the adapter (with the letter T) is only 1 pad long horizontally and doesn't cover any of the pads to the right of it. This is how your adapter should look when you attach it to your Xeon processor (some adapters may have something else in the top-right corner instead of the letter T).
If the top-right edge of your adapter is longer than the width of 1 pad, you'll need to cut it to look like the picture below.
Remove the cover from the adhesive
The latest revision of this adapter comes with adhesive preapplied to the bottom of both ends of the adapter, which will help it stick to the processor. If yours does, peel off the protective cover to reveal the adhesive.
Safest way to remove the adhesive covers
The easiest way to safely remove the adhesive cover is to hold the adapter right below the cover that you want to remove. You then peel upward (toward the top of the adapter) like you're trying to peel off a sticker.
Just be careful to not damage the 2 metal pads in the center of the adapter or overly bend the adapter when removing the covers.
If your adapter isn't sticking securely enough, you can also use double-sided tape to secure it to the processor
The easiest way to do this is to attach the end of the adapter to a big piece of double-sided tape, and then cut around the adapter using the little scissors that some people use to cut their fingernails. Just make sure the tape only covers the ends of the adapter (so it doesn't cover any of the pads on the processor).
Line up the adapter on the bottom of the Xeon cpu
Carefully lay the adapter onto the processor and align it as shown in the previous picture. Tweezers are helpful here.
Make sure the triangle on the bottom of the adapter is pointing toward the triangle on the CPU (some adapters have an arrow in the bottom-right-hand corner instead of a triangle).
Important: Take your time and make sure the adapter is aligned exactly as shown in the picture (you may want to use a magnifying glass to verify). If it's off by much or covering some pads that it shouldn't, your system may fail to boot.
When you're confident the adapter is lined up correctly, press down on both ends to secure it to the processor.
Now double check that the adapter is still lined up correctly and is tightly connected to the processor. You don't want the adapter moving when you install it into the socket.
Step 4 - Correctly install the Xeon into the motherboard socket (the triangle on the CPU needs to be aligned with the triangle in the socket)
Make sure the triangle on the processor is lined up with the triangle in the socket as shown in the picture below.
Important: Ensure that the processor is fully seated in the socket before closing the lid (try wiggling the CPU a little). If the plastic tabs were not cut off fully, it may not make contact with all of the pins in the socket. This is a common installation error, and if this happens, your system will likely fail to boot.
Step 5 - Do a FULL BIOS reset (use the 3-pin motherboard reset jumper, and then load the default BIOS settings on the first startup)
Most motherboards have a 3-pin reset jumper that will allow you to fully reset your BIOS (this is usually mentioned in the manual). If yours doesn't, you can also remove the CMOS battery (it looks like a watch battery) to reset your BIOS.
When you start your system for the first time, make sure you also go into the BIOS and load the default settings.
If you would like more details on how to correctly do these steps, check out the following pages:
- How to reset your BIOS through the jumper on your motherboard
- How to reset your BIOS by removing the CMOS battery
- How to load the default settings in your BIOS
Note: Your system may cut itself on and off several times before booting up correctly the first time. This is normal with some systems, and it should start normally in the future.
Step 6 - Finishing up
If you run into any problems, please read the troubleshooting section of this guide. It covers most of the common things that can go wrong.
And if you still need an adapter or a Xeon processor, check out the following links:
Please let us know if this mod worked on a motherboard that isn't in our list
Leave a comment with your:
- Motherboard model number (and revision if it has one)
- Xeon model number (and stepping if you know it)
- (Optional) chipset, max FSB, max TDP, and supported LGA 775 processors
And we'll add this information to the motherboard compatibility section, which will help other people that are also using your motherboard.