As you all seem to know what your talking about, I was wondering if you could help me
i haven't really read up on computers for a while an alot has changed the last couple of years
I currently have a system;
Hercules ATI Radeon 9800 pro
but as off yesterday i have killed my motherboard by flashing the wrong bios DOH!!
So i was wondering i want to build a new system but want to keep my graphics an sound card if thats possibly,I've heard abit about the new 64bit proccessor and wondered if its worth including in my upgrade, im on a smallish budget but could save up for longer if needs be
hi thanx for the speedy reply, well budget im not sure, i can save for aslong as it takes if its gonna save me money in the future, theres no real hurry as i have a laptop aswell, theres one other thing i've always used abit motherboards so if possibly would like to carry on that trend
p.s will need some new memory as think the old stuff was the cause of half my problems
Get that ASROCK card ASAP. It seems to be sold out in most shops. It's worth all the money you pay. And try and get the AMD 64 3500+ as it is a more capable processor than the 3200.
And if you're not very much in love with your OLD Radeon, Exchange it for a 6600GT or a 6800GS. It'll (for sure) Broaden your smile.
If you want to resucitate your mobo there is a scary trick that was taught to me by a Motherboard manufacturer's Tech Support guy.
But you need an identical motherboard plus PSU, monitor and keyboard in a test rig ie not in a case but laid out on a workbench on something like polysterene - so you may want to ask your local friendly computer repair shop to do it for you.
Here's the trick -
On both motherboards loosen the BIOS chip so it can easily and smoothly be removed by hand yet is still in contact.
Power up the good motherboard and enter the BIOS.
Now the scary bit.
With the power still on remove the BIOS chip and insert your blown one (making sure it is the same way round as it WILL go in either way!) and select Save and Exit.
All being well you should have now reflashed your BIOS with a good flash.
The PC should restart; if it does power down again immediately and replace the BIOS chips in their original boards.
Your PC should now power up again - go straight into the BIOS settings again and adjust them for your PC (detect Drives, disable On-board sound, whatever).
I have done this and it worked! It was probably the most fun I've had in all my years of building and repairing PCs. (The most nerve wracking as well!)
As a current owner of the motherboard in question, i would definetly recommend it to bridge the gap between upgrading your video card to PCI-e. All your current hardware will be supported except your CPU and this mobo is solid and most importantly cheap. I think its a good path to take.