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Ed Williams [PHOG]
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Another dead motherboard.
      #127960 - 09/27/06 05:52 PM

On my desktop machine. BSOD, shut down, then wouldn't POST.

It has an ASUS A7V333 MB. I had a A7N8X-E board around - also Athlon XP.
This POSTs OK. I haven't quite got to trying to boot Windows 2000, but I'm not optimistic. The board has an Nvidia instead of a VIA chipset among other things.
No IDE RAID though.
I'd really prefer to not have to reinstall everything. What's the best way to get the right drivers in place to make my current installation work?


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Terry Carraway
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Re: Another dead motherboard. [Re: Ed Williams [PHOG]]
      #129297 - 10/09/06 09:08 AM

The "proper" way is to boot to your WinXP CD and reinstall the OS This won't change any of your settings and your programs should be fine (you may have reinstall one or two), but you may/will lose any updates to WinXP you have done. And if you originally installed SP1, you have to reinstall SP1.

At leat that was my experience this weekend.

The quick and dirty way is just boot it up and let 'er rip. The OS will ask for drivers and CDs and reboot a couple of times. I used to do this with Win95/98, but I have heard it is not recommended for XP.

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Ed Williams [PHOG]
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Another dead motherboard. [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #129311 - 10/09/06 10:46 AM

I tried that (with 2000 and F8) and got the blue screen telling me it
couldn't find the boot drive. The problem, I think was my board has a RAID
chipset and even though I didn't have RAID turned on the boot drive had
some knarly boot record.
Two nights of swapping motherboards, power supplies and CPUs in and out
and I got thye system working again. What I think ended up fixing it was
redoing the thermal paste between the CPU and its cooler.

Ed


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Jerry Kurata [KLVK]
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Re: Another dead motherboard. [Re: Ed Williams [PHOG]]
      #129321 - 10/09/06 03:04 PM

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IWhat I think ended up fixing it was redoing the thermal paste between the CPU and its cooler.

Ed




How the heck does that go bad?

I have used the same tube of Artic Silver for about 5 system. I hope it does not have a short shelf life!!!


jerry


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Ralph Jones
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Re: Another dead motherboard. [Re: Jerry Kurata [KLVK]]
      #129349 - 10/09/06 07:33 PM

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I have used the same tube of Artic Silver for about 5 system. I hope it does not have a short shelf life!!!




Some tubes of Arctic Silver I've used had a consistency that was a bit too thick. You want the stuff to have enough mobility to squeeze down as far as possible when you tighten the heat sink in place...ideally, the two metal surfaces should be making actual contact on the highest spots.

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Ed Williams [PHOG]
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Another dead motherboard. [Re: Jerry Kurata [KLVK]]
      #129387 - 10/09/06 09:55 PM

This combo had some sort of thermal pad that I replaced with a smear of
Arctic silver. It was either that, or the great motherboard in the sky
finally took pity on me.


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Jerry Kurata [KLVK]
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Re: Another dead motherboard. [Re: Ralph Jones]
      #129390 - 10/09/06 10:05 PM

Agreed. I usually polish the surface of the heat sync until it mates as flat as I can get it. I can usually get by with very little Artic Silver.

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Terry Carraway
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Re: Another dead motherboard. [Re: Jerry Kurata [KLVK]]
      #129594 - 10/11/06 04:45 PM

You may need to load some special drivers to get it to see the RAID chip (even in non-RAID mode). Is this SCSI or SATA drives? If so, there is a place in the setup where you have to hit F6 and stick in a floppy with the special drivers for your chip.

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