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Big problems with ASUS A7M 266

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a b V Motherboard
March 6, 2001 4:10:50 AM

I recently upgraded to a new athlon system, and right off the bat i ran into a host of nasty problems. Initially, the computer would not post at all after it had been turned on, and now that i finally have goten into bios it constantly freezes there. I work for a computer lab at Cornell University, and i have never seen anything like this. Now ive tried everything that i could think of but to no avail, the system is still way too unstable. Im beggining to think that my new ASUS motherboard, is not all that ive heard its supposed to be.
Can someone tell me what is going on?

here are the specs,

AMD Thunderbird @ 900 mhz
ASUS A7M w/ audio
128 mb PC 1600 CL2
IBM Deskstar 46 Gbyte DTLA - 307045
Antec SX830 Case w/ antec PP-303x 300w power supply
thanx a lot for all your help,
a b V Motherboard
March 6, 2001 4:17:44 AM

poor soul, i feel fo ya... sigh

Anyway, I had the problem with DeskStar on A7Vs ATA100, locking up in the BIOS, etc (worked like a champ with the SCSI drive though), so they (Asus) might have da same problem there as well... but I dono for sure

"akuna mutata" braza... :wink:
March 6, 2001 6:41:31 AM

1) Make sure you have adequate cooling. How many fans you got going? What HSF? A overheating computer will act crazy and random.
2) Once you get in, reset to defaults and restart.
Hopefully that will help you get stable a bit. This is of course assuming you have tried to play with the bios settings to get it going. In my experience just reset to defaults and see if that helps settle things down at all. Once you are all setup (after step 3) with proper drivers/bios you can set up your memory etc if it's being unstable now
3) Check the website (hopefully someone here knows) and see if your next step is to update the bios.

Hopefully that'll help you get somewhere....

"I think I brained my damage"
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a b V Motherboard
March 6, 2001 1:42:22 PM

Have you tried replacing the power supply? I had a system that wouldn't post and spent a LOT of time calling tech support. On their advice I replaced several components including the MB and nothing seemed to make a difference. Then, I tried a different power supply and it worked on the first try. Thank goodness I only had to pay the shipping costs to return and replace the stuff or I'd have been mad.
a b V Motherboard
March 12, 2001 1:50:43 AM

THe problem as I have been trying to tell other people is NOT ASUS's fault, VIA cannot make a decent chipset to save their life, and they often conflict with BIOS's and other hardware..
they suck, and this happens with many brand boards..
you do get what you pay for and the ASUS boards with INTEL chipsets like 815, 820,850 do NOT have this problem..

do yourself a favor and stick with INTEL chipsets..

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