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Anonymous
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April 23, 2004 10:09:32 AM

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AMD K6-2 500mhz
160MB Ram
10 gig HD
Matshita CD-Rom
Turtle Beach Sound Card
ATI Rage Pro agp video card
Zoom 56k PCI Fax Modem
On Board USB
J-Bond PCI500C-Pa Motherboard
USB Keyboard and serial mouse


I built this system as my personal system because I have difficulty
sitting at the family PC. This one is at a more comfortable chair. All
of the parts listed except the Keyboard and mouse were free and gathered
over time. I was wondering a couple of things and was hoping someone may
have an answer.

1. Sometimes when I reboot or turn on the system it detects the cdrom
and instead of finishing the boot process, reboots and starts over again
in a endless loop unless I hold the reset switch or power off. However
it is random and I can't make it do it. Windows never has a chance to
load. I have changed the cdrom and it has had no effect, plus this has
happened with no pci cards and with different ones. The only thing I
have had steady problems with is the AT keyboard connector will not
work. (fried). Tried to make a AT to ps2 converter. Not smart, but I did
it. Then got smart and got a USB keyboard. Unless its the damage done to
the Keyboard port I am at a loss. But as I recall it did do this before
the At connector was ruined. So any help is appreciated.

2. I have the 160MB of ram installed. I know that 2 of the 3 sticks
installed is pc100 but am unsure of the 3rd.I have the FSB set at 100mhz
and have had no problems running Windows. No crashing and I have run
memtest 3 times for a total of a little over 5 hours with no errors. I
was just wondering if I should worry about the 3rd stick. Doesn't seem
like I should, but I always like another opinion.



Thanks for any help in advance.


TigerHawk
April 23, 2004 10:09:33 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

Tiger Hawk wrote:

> AMD K6-2 500mhz
> 160MB Ram
> 10 gig HD
> Matshita CD-Rom
> Turtle Beach Sound Card
> ATI Rage Pro agp video card
> Zoom 56k PCI Fax Modem
> On Board USB
> J-Bond PCI500C-Pa Motherboard
> USB Keyboard and serial mouse
>
>
> I built this system as my personal system because I have difficulty
> sitting at the family PC. This one is at a more comfortable chair. All
> of the parts listed except the Keyboard and mouse were free and gathered
> over time. I was wondering a couple of things and was hoping someone may
> have an answer.
>
> 1. Sometimes when I reboot or turn on the system it detects the cdrom
> and instead of finishing the boot process, reboots and starts over again
> in a endless loop unless I hold the reset switch or power off. However
> it is random and I can't make it do it. Windows never has a chance to
> load. I have changed the cdrom and it has had no effect, plus this has
> happened with no pci cards and with different ones. The only thing I
> have had steady problems with is the AT keyboard connector will not
> work. (fried). Tried to make a AT to ps2 converter. Not smart, but I did
> it. Then got smart and got a USB keyboard. Unless its the damage done to
> the Keyboard port I am at a loss. But as I recall it did do this before
> the At connector was ruined. So any help is appreciated.
>
> 2. I have the 160MB of ram installed. I know that 2 of the 3 sticks
> installed is pc100 but am unsure of the 3rd.I have the FSB set at 100mhz
> and have had no problems running Windows. No crashing and I have run
> memtest 3 times for a total of a little over 5 hours with no errors. I
> was just wondering if I should worry about the 3rd stick. Doesn't seem
> like I should, but I always like another opinion.
>
>
>
> Thanks for any help in advance.
>
>
> TigerHawk

If it were my computer, I would remove the third stick of RAM at least
until I got the computer behaving the way I wanted it. Rebooting can be
due to a RAM failure, but it can also be due to a processor chip that is
too hot. Do you have a fan on this chip and are the voltages for it set
correctly?? Also, I would make sure that your CMOS settings are set to
default values until you obtain some stability. Once that is achieved,
you can tweak them as needed. Some MBs have settings for RAM where the
clock cycles for reading and writing can be selected. Most default
values are conservative and more likely to work.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
April 24, 2004 1:06:34 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

user@domain.invalid wrote:
>
>
> Tiger Hawk wrote:
>
>> AMD K6-2 500mhz
>> 160MB Ram
>> 10 gig HD
>> Matshita CD-Rom
>> Turtle Beach Sound Card
>> ATI Rage Pro agp video card
>> Zoom 56k PCI Fax Modem
>> On Board USB
>> J-Bond PCI500C-Pa Motherboard
>> USB Keyboard and serial mouse
>>
>>
>> I built this system as my personal system because I have difficulty
>> sitting at the family PC. This one is at a more comfortable chair. All
>> of the parts listed except the Keyboard and mouse were free and
>> gathered over time. I was wondering a couple of things and was hoping
>> someone may have an answer.
>>
>> 1. Sometimes when I reboot or turn on the system it detects the cdrom
>> and instead of finishing the boot process, reboots and starts over
>> again in a endless loop unless I hold the reset switch or power off.
>> However it is random and I can't make it do it. Windows never has a
>> chance to load. I have changed the cdrom and it has had no effect,
>> plus this has happened with no pci cards and with different ones. The
>> only thing I have had steady problems with is the AT keyboard
>> connector will not work. (fried). Tried to make a AT to ps2 converter.
>> Not smart, but I did it. Then got smart and got a USB keyboard. Unless
>> its the damage done to the Keyboard port I am at a loss. But as I
>> recall it did do this before the At connector was ruined. So any help
>> is appreciated.
>>
>> 2. I have the 160MB of ram installed. I know that 2 of the 3 sticks
>> installed is pc100 but am unsure of the 3rd.I have the FSB set at
>> 100mhz and have had no problems running Windows. No crashing and I
>> have run memtest 3 times for a total of a little over 5 hours with no
>> errors. I was just wondering if I should worry about the 3rd stick.
>> Doesn't seem like I should, but I always like another opinion.
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks for any help in advance.
>>
>>
>> TigerHawk
>
>
> If it were my computer, I would remove the third stick of RAM at
> least until I got the computer behaving the way I wanted it. Rebooting
> can be due to a RAM failure, but it can also be due to a processor chip
> that is too hot. Do you have a fan on this chip and are the voltages
> for it set correctly?? Also, I would make sure that your CMOS settings
> are set to default values until you obtain some stability. Once that is
> achieved, you can tweak them as needed. Some MBs have settings for RAM
> where the clock cycles for reading and writing can be selected. Most
> default values are conservative and more likely to work.
>


Thank you for you help. I thought all my BIOS settings were default, but
they were not. Has worked perfect ever since.
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
April 25, 2004 3:42:56 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

Tiger Hawk wrote:
> user@domain.invalid wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Tiger Hawk wrote:
>>
>>> AMD K6-2 500mhz
>>> 160MB Ram
>>> 10 gig HD
>>> Matshita CD-Rom
>>> Turtle Beach Sound Card
>>> ATI Rage Pro agp video card
>>> Zoom 56k PCI Fax Modem
>>> On Board USB
>>> J-Bond PCI500C-Pa Motherboard
>>> USB Keyboard and serial mouse
>>>
>>>
>>> I built this system as my personal system because I have difficulty
>>> sitting at the family PC. This one is at a more comfortable chair.
>>> All of the parts listed except the Keyboard and mouse were free and
>>> gathered over time. I was wondering a couple of things and was hoping
>>> someone may have an answer.
>>>
>>> 1. Sometimes when I reboot or turn on the system it detects the cdrom
>>> and instead of finishing the boot process, reboots and starts over
>>> again in a endless loop unless I hold the reset switch or power off.
>>> However it is random and I can't make it do it. Windows never has a
>>> chance to load. I have changed the cdrom and it has had no effect,
>>> plus this has happened with no pci cards and with different ones. The
>>> only thing I have had steady problems with is the AT keyboard
>>> connector will not work. (fried). Tried to make a AT to ps2
>>> converter. Not smart, but I did it. Then got smart and got a USB
>>> keyboard. Unless its the damage done to the Keyboard port I am at a
>>> loss. But as I recall it did do this before the At connector was
>>> ruined. So any help is appreciated.
>>>
>>> 2. I have the 160MB of ram installed. I know that 2 of the 3 sticks
>>> installed is pc100 but am unsure of the 3rd.I have the FSB set at
>>> 100mhz and have had no problems running Windows. No crashing and I
>>> have run memtest 3 times for a total of a little over 5 hours with no
>>> errors. I was just wondering if I should worry about the 3rd stick.
>>> Doesn't seem like I should, but I always like another opinion.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks for any help in advance.
>>>
>>>
>>> TigerHawk
>>
>>
>>
>> If it were my computer, I would remove the third stick of RAM at
>> least until I got the computer behaving the way I wanted it.
>> Rebooting can be due to a RAM failure, but it can also be due to a
>> processor chip that is too hot. Do you have a fan on this chip and
>> are the voltages for it set correctly?? Also, I would make sure that
>> your CMOS settings are set to default values until you obtain some
>> stability. Once that is achieved, you can tweak them as needed. Some
>> MBs have settings for RAM where the clock cycles for reading and
>> writing can be selected. Most default values are conservative and
>> more likely to work.
>>
>
>
> Thank you for you help. I thought all my BIOS settings were default, but
> they were not. Has worked perfect ever since.
>
It started again, oh well back to the drawing board. Thanks for the help
though.
!