Has anyone gotten an Athlon Xp and VIA KT 333 to work 100% reliable yet?
I can't, unless I run my FSB at 100Mhz instead of 133Mhz.
I am on my second motherboard and second stick of pc2700 ram.
Here are my stats.
Athlon XP 2200+
MSI KT3 Ultra2 and ECS K7VTA3 v3.1
Crucial Tech PC 2700 Ram with Micron Chips. (First 2700 that I sent back was Samsung)
400 Watt PS
VisionTek Geforce3 64mb
2 Intel NICs
Cooler Master CPU Fan - DP5-6J31C-A1
I have found that 133Mhz is just totaly unstable. If I run at 133 I get random freezes and or reboots. I will sometimes crash to desktop as well.
I have heard that there is some issue with VIA and Nvidia and AGP 4x. To bypass this I have manually set my AGP to 2x in BIOS.
I have also heard that there is an issue with the VIA drivers and that you should use the slower ones that come with XP. I tried this and it doesn't help, and the VIA drivers cause no problems at 100Mhz.
I have tried things like running my DDR 333 memory at DDR 266 instead and that doesn't help the stablity at 133Mhz.
I have also taken out everything except an HD, VideoCard, and 1 CDRom to try to limit the wattage I am drawing and that doesent help. I also did the reverse to see if I was boderline by running 2 HD's,2 CD's, 1 Internal Zip, 1 Floppy, 3 PCI cards, and 1 AGP Video card. With all this in I get the same results.
My CPU temps run from 53 to 60 degrees c.
Besides my PSU fan and the CoolerMaster CPU fan I am running 2 80mm case fans. 1 in the front bringing air in to cool HD. 1 in the back exhausting hot air. I also have an 80mm system exhaust card mounted next to my GeForce to exhaust any hotair it is generating.
I have been fighting this stupid system for over a month now. Can anyone HELP! I just want to be able to play NWN stablely.
Sorry to hear that.
I have MSI KT3 Ultra and also 8-9 of my customers have one, all of them running at 133 MHz, mine at 170 MHz with no problems.
Since you have made a lot of trouble shooting, just some questions:
1) What version of the VIA KT33 chipset do you have? Could be CD or CE. If you don’t know, just tell me when you bought the mobo.
2) What brand is your PSU and did you monitor the voltages of the +3.3 and +5 line at idle and under load? I recommend you Motherboard Monitor 5 to do this.
3) What RAM timings are you running at? Try at CAS 2.5.
4) Open the case and point a home fan to the components, then just benchmark to see if the freezings are still present.
5) Do you have the latest BIOS version?
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Installed a Volcano9 with Arttic Silver last night. It appears to have fixed the problem. I was able to play Unreal Tournament 2003 for a couple of hours last night without any problems. I was also able to complete several 3DMarks AT 133mHZ which I couldn't do before. In windows with nothing running I am at 42C now. If I check after playing a game for awhile I am at about 51 or 52C. That should come down a little more as the Artic Silver bonds according to the directions on their site.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by kutskoef on 10/09/02 02:09 PM.</EM></FONT></P>