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Gareth Warren Dec 29, 2002, 11:52am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Re: Any Memory problems

I found after installing the latest bios, 1.5 I think, the blue screen on start with win98se was completely eliminated.

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Steve Crouch Jan 02, 2003, 11:43am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
I have problems with this MBO that are similar to those in previous threads - welcome any suggestions. I bought the MBO/Athlon 2200+/DDR2100-256 combo from a local shop and they set the jumpers and checked that the system booted. System build and XP load went OK. I flashed the latest BIOS from ASUS before hooking up the HD and OS. System seems to work fine, except it consistently reboots anytime I try and start AOL 8.0, and when running some games (Warcraft III) the video dies (CPU still on). I suspect a video driver problem, but can't find anything better than what came on the ASUS install CD. I also can't find any drivers for the onboard LAN or SM Bus (comes up with yellow ? on system HW). Any suggestions?

ASUS support definitely SUCKS! (no, it would have to exist to SUCK)

Gareth Warren Jan 02, 2003, 02:03pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
I suggest you use the nforce drivers direct from Nvidia.com

They are constantly updated and they work better than any other drivers in my experience.

The drivers are Beta drivers and as such are unsupported, but I have never had any trouble with them.

Milt Jan 02, 2003, 03:44pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Steve, a much better source for all things nForce related is here
[url]http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/[/url]

They also have a good forum on Asus nForce Mobos, but it mostly relates to the new nForce2 now.
[url]http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=13[/url]
Still, your question (do a copy and paste) will get a quick and thorough reply over there.

I use the 2.0 unified drivers for XP on mine and get the 5.1 surround sound.
Display driver is 4.0.7.2

Gary Crosby Jan 08, 2003, 09:28am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
OK,

Thought I'd let you know where I was up to.

Building a PC for the father in law and thought this Mo-Bo looked right for the job.

A7N266 (Rev 1.05)
XP1900
512MB Crucial PC2100
40GB Maxtor HDD (set to Master)
All jumpers left in the default positions. (133, 133).


Got the bits last night, plugged eveything in, and,

POST is OK
BIOS screen comes on, looks OK,
Bios can be accesses for about 2 sec before the PC shuts down. Not accessing the BIOS does not affect the time for shutting down.

Here's what I know.

Everthing is brand new.
Problem persists with 3 different PSU's (2x300W and 1x550W) so that sort of rules out the PSU.

What I will do.

I will change the HDD setting and clear the CMOS and see what happens.
Build another PC tonight to see if the CPU is OK ( I suspect it is). Good job I have the spares!

Wouldn't be such fun if it was easy :)

All responses appreciated




Grunth0s Jan 08, 2003, 09:32am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Sounds like the hardware overheat protection is kicking in. Check the HSF to make sure that you have a good contact and that the fan is spinning.

http://www.grunthos.co.uk/
Gary Crosby Jan 08, 2003, 02:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Sorry for the mispost.

Could this problem be caused by a defective CPU???

The HSF is a good fit with a nice smear of Arctic silver and the fan is spinning like Billy-O :)

I'm confused.

Grunth0s Jan 08, 2003, 02:26pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
It is possible. Do you have an alternative to try ?

http://www.grunthos.co.uk/
Gary Crosby Jan 09, 2003, 05:07am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Looks like I have a dead CPU.

Installed the CPU in the following


Leadtek nForce2
512MB Crucial PC2700
Maxtor 80GB HDD
550W PSU

Does the same, POST is OK, But a few seconds later the computer switches itself off :(. 2 Dead CPU's in 3 weeks, Arrrrgh!

Can only be the CPU, as it id the only shared component.

Does this sound reasonable??

Milt Jan 09, 2003, 05:24am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Sounds reasonable to me, but why?

Were both dead CPU'S installed on the same mobo?

Gary Crosby Jan 09, 2003, 06:05am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Just bad luck :(

First one arrived with bent pins.
Second one seems to be dead.

Might go out and buy a cheap Duron later and see what happens ??

I now seem to have an XP2200 and XP1900 that are useless :(

Bugger


Milt Jan 09, 2003, 07:02am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Send them to me and I'll send you a good Duron 1000 that'll run at 1250MHz on a 166 FSB on this mobo.

Check this screenshot...
http://www3.sympatico.ca/oscarsok/Duron1000_at_1250.jpg

I'm willing to take the chance, how about you?

Gary Crosby Jan 09, 2003, 10:25am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Cheers for the offer matey but I will send them back. I might buy a Duron tomorrow to have a further look.

Like the motors for sale :)

Gary Crosby Jan 09, 2003, 04:47pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Success!!

Completely stripped the PC, built it up again last night. Works great. Not good for games with the onboard graphics :(

Father in law should be well impressed.

Many thanks for all your input. :)

Speak soon

Milt Jan 09, 2003, 05:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Gary, if your Dad's at all interested, do the 'solder mod', get some fast DDR memory in there, and you can run this thing up to 181 FSB with good cooling.
http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=530&postda...p;start=60
Oh, and add a small fan to the Northbrige, as I did in this shot...
http://www3.sympatico.ca/oscarsok/BreadboardASUS-VM2.jpg

Harry S Jan 10, 2003, 01:14am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
When I built my A7N266 mb w XP 2100 and Crucial DDR 2100 256MB RAM, I found the updated page insert for replacing p 19 in my mb package and followed it to set the mb freq to the 133:133 setting (BSEL0 1,2; BSEL1 1,2).

System made it as far as W2K desktop before it would suddenly reboot every time. By trial and error, found that freq setting of 133:100 (RAM 133: CPU 100) and 100:100 (RAM 100: CPU 100) worked fine and was very stable (Office, Warcraft III, DVD, etc.). So, I currently can't get my Athlon XP 2100 to run at 1.733 GHz as it is only running at 1300 GHz constrained by the 100 MHz CPU freq (about equal to XP 1700 CPU). Spoke to ASUS tech which was no help. Blamed it on my memory and/or CPU.

Plan to swap PSU, swap RAM slot, swap with new RAM, disconnect DVD/CDRW/Floopy, and swap CPU next. This is turning out to be more trouble that I thought. Still for the price, this mb has potential if I can debug it.

Shahied Parker Jan 10, 2003, 05:20am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Hi

Never had any problems as described on this forum.What I did was to have the supplier fit my Gig Duron (fan etc) on to the m/b.Went home, added the rest (h/d, ram, OS etc) and it booted up first time AFTER i was forced to changed one of my IDE cables.

Have a 230 psu, running XP with 128 mem (although this will have to be upgraded) but it is running fine

Now I have a question:
I want to purchased a 5.1 speaker system - Do I have to get a sound card as well or does the onboard system support this (maybe driver updates).
Can someone assist

Regards
SP

Milt Jan 10, 2003, 05:44am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
You don't need a sound card... you do need the NV2.0 drivers from Nvidea.

Read this thread for more info on installing
http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2201&highlight=a7n266vm

I'm running mine on a 145 watt PSU, 1600+ @ 2200+ (10.5x 175FSB) with 256 meg PC2700, so you're okay.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/oscarsok/1600at1841.JPG

jake wilson Jan 12, 2003, 12:21am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Well, I just purchased this motherboard today. I am also having bootup issues.

Here's my setup:
Rev 1.05 board
1.2g Athlon
Kingston 512 PC2100
ide 30gig ata100 HDD
GeForce2 card.

It seems like everyone in this thread who has issues says the computer turns off after 4 seconds. Mine turns off after ~2 seconds and I don't hear any beeps at all. I don't even get to see anything on the monitor before it turns off.

My board did come with the extra page that makes the corrects to the manual. I have followed those directions when setting the cpu/dram jumpers.

I have tried them with CPU 133 and DRAM 133 - both jumpers set to the LEFT (when the AGP port is below the jumpers).

and I have tried it with CPU 100 and DRAM 133 - both jumpers to the RIGHT (when AGP port is below the jumpers).

I have also removed and reinserted the battery to clear the CMOS when changing the jumpers around. Everytime I get the same thing. Fans start blowing and everything is running for about 2 seconds and then it shuts off. No video. No beeps.

I am using a good powersuppy.

My Harddrive is set to master and cdrom as slave both on same cable.

I have tried my ram stick in both slots. Same results either time.

This is boggling my mind. Anyone know anything else to try before I return this POS?

jake?

Milt Jan 12, 2003, 01:24am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
To clear CMOS properly you need a flat-blade screwdriver to short the two solder points where the manual says the jumper is supposed to be.
Un plug the PSU before you short them.

Try disconnecting FLOPPY, CD-ROM, and HD completely, just to see if it'll POST at all.

Any chance of borrowing another CPU or memory stick to try? Particularly memory, if you can. No risk to the loanee, either, like there is with CPU.

If not, I'd RMA it


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