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Jake Sanders Jul 23, 2003, 11:51pm EDT Report Abuse
i was wondering if anyone knew were i could find the stats on this motherboard, cause i wanna find out what the max mb of ram it can handle, and also if i can upgrade my processor and hard-drive.

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Jay G Jul 24, 2003, 12:19am EDT Report Abuse
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- - - - - My Workstation/Gaming computer - - - - -
Precision WorkStation 530 MT
Dual Xeon Processors @ 2.4GHz Each
Mobo with 500MHz FSB
nVidiaGeForce FX5600XT 128
Jake Sanders Jul 24, 2003, 03:47am EDT Report Abuse
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yes i have seen that post, but it fails to help me at all, i need to know websites that tell the MAX MHz this motherboard can handle, and the MAX RAM it can handle.

Jake Sanders Jul 24, 2003, 03:57am EDT Report Abuse
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BTW I have a Compaq 5000 Presario - AMD Duron 750 MHZ.

The Motherboard has the Chipset VIA Apollo Pro.
The Southbridge on the Motherboard is a VIA VT82C686.

My Bios is Compaq 786K1 11/21/2000.

The AGP has an Aperture Size of 64 MB,
the Data Transfer Rate is 4x,
and Side Band Addressing is Enabled.

Chris McNally Jul 24, 2003, 05:24am EDT Report Abuse
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I used to have a PC with this mobo-it can handle an Athlon 1400 (I had a 1100 but the 1400 should plug straight in). I'm not sure about max ram, but I used to run 768mb no problem.

N.B I called Compaq tech support to check out processor support on this board and they had no idea................


Chris McNally

Moderator - Hardware Analysis
Jake Sanders Jul 24, 2003, 09:06am EDT Report Abuse
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anyone else have and exp with this mobo?

Jake Sanders Jul 27, 2003, 01:16am EDT Report Abuse
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Josep LAst Jul 28, 2003, 01:22pm EDT Report Abuse
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I have a 5wv233 compaq presario desktop, I was a duron processor (700 mhz) I habe changed it for a 950mhz duron and works fine but I think that it can works fine with a 1.1 duron. Check sisoft sandra software.

tell me your experiences

JJ Smith Jan 02, 2004, 03:40pm EST Report Abuse
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Have you checked info on the FIC AZ31 motherboard - This motherboard was fitted in most Compaq Presario's. You should be able to find an image to confirm. I was aware some time ago that there was also a PDF manual for this motherboard. If it is an AZ31 you should easily find specs for what the board will support.


Give Homer Donuts! Jan 02, 2004, 04:30pm EST Report Abuse
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Go here. Download it and see what i can max out on your system.!

Give Homer Donuts! Jan 02, 2004, 04:32pm EST Report Abuse
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Troy Lawrence Jan 06, 2004, 02:00pm EST Report Abuse
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I just got my brothers computer from him to toy with. He has the same MoBo. Using the Sandra software listed earlier, it looks like the max memory is 1G. He has the AMD Duron 700 processor.

Shawn Buckley Feb 21, 2004, 04:06pm EST Report Abuse
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Hello, came across this post looking for MoBo updates. I have the same board, it had 64MB of ram, and the 700Mhz Duron processor. It now has Athlon 1.4Ghz processor, and 576MB of ram. I tried higher amounts of ram but it glitched and caused errors. It only runs the processor at 1.3 Ghz though as the bus speed slows it down, but it runs great with no problems!!!
Good luck and hope this helps. Oh heres a site that will test you system for free and tell you what you have for a system

Compaq Presario 5WV257
Windows 98SE ( had ME ...blah)
Compaq 06E4h Mother Board
576MB ram
1.4Ghz Athlon
ATI radeon Power Color 9200SE 128MB
250watt power supply
triple fan unit in front bay
large single fan in back ( draw through )
20 gig HD

Richard Beattie Feb 27, 2004, 07:51pm EST Report Abuse
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I have a compaq 5wv261 presario desktop with 06E4h motherboard. I'm running a 1.3Gb Duron processor with 768Mb of Memory. SiSoftware "Sandra" indicates maximum memory at 1Gb. I have also upgraded the Video display to an NVIDIA GeForce2 MX400 w/ 32 Mb memory. I've done a clean install of Windows XP Operating System and essentially cleaned off all the Compaq bundled software. System runs well and I have not experienced any problems except IRQ conflict with PCTEL modem which I've disabled as I use 10/100 connector for my cable internet service. Looking to upgrade to a 60 or 80 GB hard drive - system came with 30 GB? drive. The last BIOS update was dated 3/28/02 - at least as far as I can tell - see Compaq software/driver update site. I would be interested in knowing whether there is a more recent BIOS update available.

keith Trusko May 15, 2004, 01:03am EDT Report Abuse
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Hey I know its been awhile since this question was asked but hopefully I can still help.

First off Belarc Advisor really doesnt give much info on Compaqs, 06E4H turns up in Belarc with different motherboards that are compaqs, (the guys at Belarc didnt really know either).

You need a more precise identification tool, no has one so we have to do it ourselves.

I have extensive knowledge on Presario motherboards, its not all on my web page yet, but there is general info available and a link for you to email me and instructions to help id your motherboard.


Yes many 5000 models did use the FIC AZ31, these MB's are now known as the UWAVE, UWAVE2, UWAVE3, UWAVER.
You see Compaq completely modified that motherboard to their own specs, not only did they do it once they modified it in 4 different configurations. Only the R & 3 can utilise 133mhz instead of 100mhz like uwave and uwave2.

Almost all use the same compaq modified bios but the jumpers were removed for voltages etc...

What does this tell you?

You really cant trust, sisoft sandra, belarc etc.
This becomes more evident when you read Shawns post above, 1.4 amd running at 1.3 because of bus speed. Make sure you purchase the correct cpu and memory speed, his 1.4 is probably running at 13 X 100 mhz because he bought a 133 mhz cpu instead of a 100mhz.

I have a cpu upgrade chart on my page also.

For memory, compaq has a memory configurator somewhere, and i will post that info on my page soon as well as the compaq messages.

Targos Tosk Oct 29, 2004, 03:41pm EDT Report Abuse
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I have a conpaq presario 5wv233. I changed the HDD and now I don't know which sound driver controller works with my PC. In the HP website doesn't exist the drivers; someone knows where I can download the right driver??? My OS is Win ME.

keith Trusko Oct 30, 2004, 03:34am EDT Report Abuse
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Tosk wrote "I have a conpaq presario 5wv233. I changed the HDD and now I don't know which sound driver controller works with my PC. In the HP website doesn't exist the drivers; someone knows where I can download the right driver??? My OS is Win ME.

Thats the adi soundmax audio drivers used on uwave motherboards.

C L Jan 05, 2006, 03:16pm EST Report Abuse
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Sorry to dig up such an old thread. But seeing as how I have done much research on this very mainboard recently, maybe the following info can be of use to some Googler in the future.

The Compaq 06E4h UWAVE board is actually Compaq's own proprietary version of FIC's AZ31 board, with the KT133 chipset used in both proprietary and non-proprietary versions.

The differences...

1) Compaq uses proprietary (basically meaning OEM versions licensed only to them...different from standard) plugs for the 'front power switch to MoBo' & 'front USB to MoBo'. The wiring scheme is different in the aforementioned plugs and if replacing a UWAVE with a AZ31, they must be rewired.

2) Compaq's BIOS is radically different from FIC's standard Award BIOS, with Compaq's version giving absolutely no control over any sort of OCing abilities (among many other limitations). It is possible to flash the OEM Compaq BIOS with the current version of FIC's Award BIOS for the AZ31 but that is much more than I would want to get into here (Google is your friend).

3) Both mainboards are MiniATX size boards (as opposed to the larger ATX style boards). However, most systems supplied with an actual FIC AZ31 mobo (instead of Compaq's UWAVE), will find that they are often supplied with a AT-style power supply which is usually rated at or lower than 200 watts (ouch!). To its credit, Compaq supplies most all of its UWAVE boards with full sized ATX power supplies ranging anywhere between 200 and 350 watts (250 being about the norm).

4) Other than that, they are identical in every aspect which leads to the question, "What is the max amount of RAM and fastest processor I can use in the Compaq 06E4h UWAVE motherboard (a.k.a. the FIC AZ31)". The answer...

Max RAM:
A total of 768MB of PC100 and/or PC133 SDRAM is absolutely the most you can use in either version of this board (Compaq UWAVE or FIC AZ31). You are capable of mismatching non-paired sticks of RAM (i.e. a 128MB stick of PC100 with a 512MB stick of PC133) but your system's RAM will only function at the lower PC100 speed. It is highly recommended that you only use PC133 RAM as PC133 functions faster than PC100.

Note: SiSoft Sandra incorrectly lists the maximum RAM supported as 1GB+ for this board but this is incorrect due to various motherboard limitations that Sandra does not take into account (such as BIOS & chipset limitations for +768MB). Anything over 768MB will NOT be recognized by your system.

This board/chipset only supports Socket A (a.k.a. Socket 462) CPUs using (without modification) 100MHz FSB (as 133MHz FSB was not supported until the KT133A chipset).

Below is a list of the ONLY CPUs that are FULLY compatable with the Compaq UWAVE & FIC AZ31 boards 'out of the box'....

AMD Duron Model 3 "Spitfire" CPUs ranging from 600MHz to 950MHz with 100MHz FSB (CPU voltage ranges from 1.5v to 1.6v)

AMD Athlon Model 4 "Thunderbird" CPUs ranging from 650MHz to 1400MHz with 100MHz FSB (1.75v).

Be aware that Athlons run extremely hot compared to Durons. If/when using an Athlon (especially over 1.2GHz) it is recommended that you upgrade to a better CPU fan, better CPU heat sink, and/or add a system fan to your case.

Also be aware that the standard Compaq fan/heat sink combination (and lack of system fan in most models) are incapable of dissipating heat fast enough to make an overclocked Athlon last for any length of time. Overclocking an Athlon to any great extent while using the OEM cooling fan, heat sink, etc. supplied with this motherboard/system is the equivalent of taking a blowtorch to your CPU.

I hope this helps.

Keith Lawver Jan 08, 2006, 08:51pm EST Report Abuse
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this is my first time to the site. i have a compac presario mfrg date 2001 with the althon 1.33 ghz prossesor,and a uwave2 mb. and 768 of ram. after reading through the postings i have been able to see questions on alot of the same problems i have had. it seems that heat, heat, heat has been a major cause of many of the problems i have had. this is my first computor so it has taken me this long to start to understand whats going on in there. anyway i have been thinking about upgrading this machine but after what i have read so many of my questions have been answeared i think i'd be better off giving this one to the kid's and move on to something bigger and better. the idea of building my own computer is very appealing to me. is there any guide out there that can help me start. i've looked at cases, motherboards, prosessors,video and sound cards, and harddrives. but i don't know how to figure out what is compatable and what is not. i want to thank everyone for the info i have already been able to gleen, and would appreciate any info/suggestions that would be offered.


C L Jan 10, 2006, 12:48am EST Report Abuse
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Not meaning to sound like I am busting on your setup (I'm not...I own one and still use it every day) but seeing as how you have the UWAVE 2 mobo, 1.33GHz CPU, and 768MB of RAM...there is very little else you could possibly do to upgrade it. You are officially at that particular motherboard/chipset's max capacity. You could buy larger HDDs, add a better graphics card, ditch the on-board sound for a decent PCI audio card, and/or add optical drives (CD, DVD, etc.) but that's about all.

The reason for this limitation is because of that particular board's chipset. It is a KT133 chipset which only fully supports the slower 100MHz FSB CPUs (considered ancient by today's standard) and the slower PC133 SDRAM (also considered ancient).

There are a LOT of factors that come into play when one builds their own system. My suggestions for building your own system, in order, would go something like this...

The following has been copied & pasted from my soon-to-be completed web site. It has been slightly modified and heavily truncated for this forum...

AMD or Intel...that is the initial question. Most motherboards only come in two flavors...AMD or Intel. You will find articles, arguments, and flame wars all over the internet on the AMD vs. Intel subject. I will not give my personal reference here (ahem...AMD), but I will tell you this...consider your budget, what you want your PC suited for (gaming, office, etc.), and then look at the many UNBIASED AMD/Intel benchmarks, or side-by-side comparisons, spread throughout the internet (Google is your friend), and then decide for yourself. I would recommend...

1: Shoot for a chip rated at over 2GHz (2.8GHz and 3GHz are nice speeds nowadays...2 to 2.4GHz are respectable)
2: One that has a high L2 cache (higher the better)
3: Supports the latest SSE technologies
4: And preferably one that is noted for running at a reasonable temperature while under stress (with an efficient cooling system of course).

Next, study the newer (or newest, depending on your budget) generation motherboards/chipsets on the net or call around local computer shops. Computer shops can often refer you to a particular mobo/chipset that will support virtually setup you choose.

1: Choose one that supports your chosen CPU brand (AMD or Intel)
2: Choose one that supports your chosen CPU's particular socket type (very important)
3: Choose one that supports your chosen CPU's FSB (Front Side Bus) speeds (higher the better)
4: Choose one that supports the faster RAM speeds (PC2700 DDR, PC3200, PC4200 DDR, etc.)
5: If you plan on adding lots of RAM either now or in the future, choose one that has a high max RAM rating (I've seen mobos that support up to 4GB of RAM or more)
6: If you are a hardcore gamer, a PCI-e (PCI Express) slot is a must as it offers the fastest data transfer rate available to video cards. If those kinds of speeds aren't as important, at least settle for board with one 8x or 4x AGP slot. (NOTE: PCI & PCI Express are entirely different, Express being a great many times faster than either AGP or PCI).
7: Then there is the issue of board type...mainboards typically come in 2 styles...ATX or miniATX. They are virtually the same except miniATX usually supports only 3 PCI slots whereas ATX supports 5. This is important because many cases (or towers) only support one or the other, while some support either.

Two things affect RAM: size & speed (and to a much smaller degree, latency).

1: Choose the amount of RAM that you would presonally feel comfortable with depending on what games/applications you normally use. 1 or 1.5GB is usually a good round number on most systems.
2: Try to choose the fastest RAM, PC3200 or PC4200 for example. These speeds determine the efficiency at which your RAM will work.
3: Latency isn't really an issue with todays standard quality of RAM. However, in this case, buying a quality brand name can sometimes make a difference.

Audio & Graphics
Some motherboards are supplied with onboard (integrated) audio and/or video. While this is often good enough for the average individual, the enthusiast or power user may find it lacking any real performance...especially considering how cheap quality audio and graphics cards have become. If a mainboard is supplied with integrated audio or video, don't fret. Either can be disabled in BIOS (some do so automatically) allowing you to add the PCI audio card or PCI, AGP, or PCI-e graphics card of your choice.

Audio & video cards are as varied as day and night (and would be too much for me to fully get into here). As for audio cards, I suggest doing your homework on Google as they are mostly a matter of taste in terms of quality. A general guideline for choosing a graphics cards would be as follows...

1: PCI-e is faster than any AGP card, while any AGP card is faster than a regular PCI card. The range in prices of different types of graphics cards (between PCI-e, AGP, & PCI) will reflect this.
2: A 256MB card (or at the very least a 128MB) is nearly a must for any newer game.
3: ATI and Nvidia are almost always your best bets in terms of both compatibility & quality.
4: Not all 256MB are the same...even between the same manufacturer. Aside from memory capacity, things such as memory and clock speeds also determine the quality and capabilities of a card....higher the better.
5: (A personal note:) A tried and proven preformer is the 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra. It can often be found on eBay at a reasonable price, however, if it is not an 'Ultra' you will be wasting your money.

Hard Drives, CD, DVD, etc.
In the case of CD & DVD drives, this is simply a case of taste. As for Hard Drives, it is a matter of intended performance & neccesity.

1: Choose a HDD size(s) that you feels right for you. With todays prices, it is not unheard of of getting a 80, 160, 250 or even a 500GB HDD for next to nothing.
2: HDD speeds (or RPMs) are very important to the overall efficiency of your system. Anything less than 7200 RPMs will decrease the overall performance of your system. 10,000 RPM is considered todays top performer.
3: Seagate & Western Digital seem to be the two companies that most think of when searching for the most 'bang for your buck' while not comprimising quality.
4: ATA (or Parallel ATA) vs. SATA (or Serial ATA) setup...SATA is the top performer...period. Go with a SATA and/or RAID setup if your your budget permits.
5: Multiple HDDs set up in a RAID array is also a nice option for some. But again, the specifics are too much for me to touch on here.

This is my setup. All pieces were found & purchased on eBay for excellent prices (unless noted) using patience and carefully timed bids:

Abit NF7-S v2.0 ATX motherboard $75 (used-from local PC shop)
AMD Athlon XP 3200 400MHz FSB $100
2x 160GB Western Digital (UDMA/133 SATA/RAID 0) HDDs $150
3GB PC3200 400MHz DDR RAM $180
Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra AGP 8x 256MB $200
80mm 40cfm CPU Fan, Heat Sink, and 80mm case fan $30
DVD-RW drive $70 (new)
DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive $40 (new)
ATX style mid-tower case $20 (new)
ATX 450 watt power supply w/ SATA $25

Total Price $890

As you can see, over a period of 6 months (and not being on too much of a budget at the time), I was able to piece together a system for roughly $900 that will outperform just about any $1400-$1600 prefabricated or OEM system on the maket (and that was before the overclocking & water-cooling). It is capable of encoding full length DVD videos in no time at all and comparatively speaking, it blazes thru Doom 3 & Farcry like most newer systems blaze thru Pong or Tetris.

With a little knowledge, money, and patience anyone can do the same. I hope this helps you out a bit.

C L Jan 10, 2006, 01:43am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Compaq 06E4h Motherboard Stats for the heat, Athlons are notorious for running hot. If I were to take an educated guess, I would say that your 1.33GHz Athlon was not the original CPU that came with your rig. If I were to guess, I would say it originally came with a Duron (700-950MHz Spitfire Duron maybe)...but I could be wrong given that I don't know the exact model of your Compaq, but for a Compaq with a 2001 manufacture date, a Duron sounds about right.

If I am right, it is possible that the original Duron heat sink/fan was used after the Athlon was installed. Duron heat sinks are poor quality (low grade aluminum and too few cooling fins for an Athlon). The fan is probably a 60mm 16-24cfm TaiSol (made by Delta). While this is fine for a Duron, it is murder on an Athlon.

If an abnormal amount of heat (above 120-140 degrees fahrenheit) is a problem, I would suggest taking $15-$25 dollars down to your local computer shop and buying a copper heat sink rated for a Socket A (a.k.a. Socket 462) AMD Athlon and a 60mm fan that has a 32-40+cfm rating. For just a little bit more, you could also purchase an 80mm case fan to act as an exaust...

...and then kiss the heat goodbye!

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