Updating bios usb
Some additional searching with Google and in particular on the Intel website provided me with a bit more information.
First, my BIOS version did not actually support F7 at boot time despite the fact that the option did appear on the BIOS screen.
The -t option specifies the type information to be displayed, in this case, type 0 is for BIOS information.
# dmidecode -t 0 # dmidecode 3.0 Getting SMBIOS data from sysfs. Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 24 bytes BIOS Information Vendor: Intel Corp.
Version: BEH6110H.86A.0048.2012.1105.1520 Release Date: 11/05/2012 Address: 0x F0000 Runtime Size: 64 k B ROM Size: 1024 k B Characteristics: PCI is supported BIOS is upgradeable BIOS shadowing is allowed Boot from CD is supported Selectable boot is supported BIOS ROM is socketed EDD is supported 5.25"/1.2 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h) 3.5"/720 k B floppy services are supported (int 13h) 3.5"/2.88 MB floppy services are supported (int 13h) Print screen service is supported (int 5h) 8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h) Serial services are supported (int 14h) Printer services are supported (int 17h) ACPI is supported USB legacy is supported BIOS boot specification is supported Targeted content distribution is supported The output of the dmidecode command shown above shows the BIOS version of BEH6110H.86A.0048.2012.1105.1520.
These are the fastest ones available for those motherboards and my research on the Intel website revealed that these processors would work.
After all, these are perfectly good computers with yet untapped capabilities.