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help an oldtimer-Mobile Athlon XP - compatibility

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April 18, 2005 9:52:02 PM

Hi - I am just gettign into the AMD world and have become confused by the number of variations on the Athlon XP theme - yes I realize I am not dealing with the cutting edge here.

What I need to know is if anyone can figure out if the ASUS A7V266-E rev 1.07 is compatible with a Mobile Athlon XP 2600+

According to ASUS the board is compatible with the 2600+ - but does that include the Mobile versions too??

Thanks
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April 18, 2005 10:08:12 PM

The Via KT266A chipset doe snot support the Thoroughbred or Barton core CPUs, therefore the board will not support the Athlon Mobile 2600+. The fastest CPU will be the Palomino core Athlon XP 2100+.

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April 19, 2005 12:09:43 AM

The biggest problem that you are likely to encounter is caused by the way Mobile's multipliers are set, they'll natively boot at 6x, the BIOS will be stuck in the 5x-12.5x range, making it difficult to set anything in the 13x-24x range.

You can work around this limitation either by cutting bridges or by using a software tool that will trigger the PowerNow! states, enabeling you to set an appropriate multiplier, otherwise you'll be stuck with an underclocked chip.

Newer motherboards won't have any problems dealing with Mobiles but that would beat the purpose of spending money on an already outdated platform, you would be better off grabbing a nForce3 Socket 939 and a 3000+ A64.




Watercooled Mobile Barton 2500+ @ 2.6GHz (200MHz x 13)
Abit NF7-S V2.0
2x 512MB of Samsung TCC4
Sapphire Radeon 9700 128MB @ 360/310
2x Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM RAID-0
April 19, 2005 1:58:22 AM

Almost all desktop boards work (to varying degrees) with xp-m chips. Your board will work, just not at full speed. It will default to the 6X multiplier and 133 fsb. An 800mhz chip may not be what you are looking for.
If you can get your hands on an xp2400+, that's about the best you can do. The xp2600 that is available, wont run on your board. (it is a barton, with a 166mhz fsb)
April 19, 2005 4:48:05 AM

Echo !






Watercooled Mobile Barton 2500+ @ 2.6GHz (200MHz x 13)
Abit NF7-S V2.0
2x 512MB of Samsung TCC4
Sapphire Radeon 9700 128MB @ 360/310
2x Maxtor 40GB 7200RPM RAID-0
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April 19, 2005 2:38:44 PM

I was just going on what my mobo mfr and VIA have told me on the issue. So the real limitation is based on the FSB of the CPU...cool!

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