As minor modifications are made to the processor design, such as errata corrections, the stepping number is incremented.If the BIOS does not properly identify the processor stepping, you may encounter one of the following microcode update errors: To resolve a microcode update error, contact the system or motherboard manufacturer for the appropriate BIOS update files and instructions.In this case, the processor is incompatible with the motherboard.
Intel® Processors allow for minor software updates from within the motherboard BIOS specific to the processor stepping.
The processor stepping is similar to a hardware version.
Prior to installing a BIOS revision, verify the ' Allow BIOS Update' option is enabled in the BIOS (if applicable).
If the system or motherboard manufacturer does not provide BIOS update files, the manufacturer may not validate the motherboard for use with the processor being installed.
Any combo of beeps after two means that some of your memory is bad, and unless you want to get real technical, you should probably have the guys in the lab coats test the memory for you. Award Software cannot supply upgrades for a BIOS that has been subsequently modified by hardware vendors." To make matters worse, Award BIOS merged with Phoenix Technologies in 1998.