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rblan9
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3rg Gen processor on a 2nd Gen Board

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I have installed a 3rd Generation chip (Intel Core i3 3240) on this board (Intel Q65 Express)before checking the compatibility, and the computer beeped 4 or 5 times, then I shut it down. Then I installed the original chip (Intel Core i3 2130) on the board and powered it on, the computer starts, and turn on the normal lights (power, memory, lan, etc) but it is not showing any image and the usb ports are not working (mouse and keyboard are not showing any lights like num lock, caps lock and the mouse laser). Is the board damaged? What can I do?

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AlHill
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You may have damaged your board.

Just because the 3rd gen processor may use the same socket as a 2nd gen processor, it does not mean you can simply swap processors.

For such an upgrade, the upgrade processor must be socket, BIOS, and chipset compatible. Only the manufacturer of the motherboard can tell you what processors their bios supports.

And, sometimes, you might need to upgrade the bios using the old processor BEFORE inserting the new processor.

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/processors/000005682.html Intel® Desktop Processor Upgrade Information

Here is a comparison of your two processors.

http://ark.intel.com/compare/53428,65690 Intel® Product Specification Comparison

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AlHill
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You may have damaged your board.

Just because the 3rd gen processor may use the same socket as a 2nd gen processor, it does not mean you can simply swap processors.

For such an upgrade, the upgrade processor must be socket, BIOS, and chipset compatible. Only the manufacturer of the motherboard can tell you what processors their bios supports.

And, sometimes, you might need to upgrade the bios using the old processor BEFORE inserting the new processor.

https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/processors/000005682.html Intel® Desktop Processor Upgrade Information

Here is a comparison of your two processors.

http://ark.intel.com/compare/53428,65690 Intel® Product Specification Comparison

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rblan9
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How do I know if the motherboard is damaged or not?

AlHill
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I would go to the manufacturer site and look for instructions on BIOS recovery.

For an Intel board, such instructions are here: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000005630.html Recovery BIOS Update Instructions for Intel® Desktop Boards

If your board is not an Intel board, your next step is contacting the support site for your motherboard.

I would also try removing all power, and the coin battery, and wait 30 minutes. Then, reinsert the battery, apply power, and try booting.

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