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bart simpson Mar 24, 2004, 05:09pm EST Report Abuse
>> cpu Temps
My temps are 47 degrees c for cpu and 39 for the mainboard im running a thermaltake volcano 9,
i flashed my bios lastnight and put rev 1005 and now it takes more load to lock up i can run windows with no problems and pcmark before it would freeze when it went to do the divx encoding test

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Milt Mar 24, 2004, 05:41pm EST Report Abuse
>> Bart
You are running on the warm side...
Pull the side off of your case and set up a small desk fan blowing cool air directly into the box. See if that helps.

bart simpson Mar 24, 2004, 08:14pm EST Report Abuse
>> heat problem
no ive done that it still not working properly i dont know what it is wethear the bios rev 1005 disables the support for 2400+ because on the details of the rev 1004 it says this bios rev supports the chip the 1005 says it supports new dimms wethear they kept the support for the 2400+ i dont know

bart simpson Mar 24, 2004, 08:15pm EST Report Abuse
>> heat problem
no ive done that it still not working properly i dont know what it is wethear the bios rev 1005 disables the support for 2400+ because on the details of the rev 1004 it says this bios rev supports the chip the 1005 says it supports new dimms wethear they kept the support for the 2400+ i dont know

Mike Pacheco Mar 25, 2004, 10:26am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
heh...no, that's not the way it works. If BIOS 1004 supported 2400+ then each subsequent version will support it unless they specifically say that it doesn't anymore. Which brings me to my next question.....which Athlon 2400+ chip do you have? The Thoroughbred OR the new Thorton chip? I noticed you need at least BIOS 1006 for the new Thorton chips. I'd also recommend running MemTest3.0 for a couple of hours. If it freezes then it still CAN be a heat issue, however, if it just returns errors then it's definitely a memory problem!!

Robert Shores Mar 25, 2004, 08:49pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
I don't think the Thorton is supported in the version 1.03 board.

Athlon XP 2400+(Model 8)(Thoroughbred) since PCB v1.03 BIOS 1004
Athlon XP 2400+(Model 10)(Thorton) since PCB v1.05 BIOS 1006

Milt Mar 25, 2004, 09:03pm EST Report Abuse
>> BIOS 'recognition' of CPUs
Guys, you are getting off-track here... it doesn't matter a sweet tinkers damn about whether or not the BIOS 'knows' about any given CPU.
If it has been 'informed' that a certain CPU exists, then it will display that info, and 'name' the processor, on the first POST screen.

There is no BIOS made for this mobo that will 'recognize' a Barton CPU, because all Bartons run at 166, and this board (in it's 'stock' form)
only goes to 133/133.
So no BIOS written for this mobo is going to have 'knowledge' of a 166 CPU
But I have successfully run a Barton 2500+ at speeds up to 14.0x 176/176 = 2472 MHz using any of several different BIOSs, (1001, 1005, 1006, 1007), but NOT including the 1004

Just click on the link below to see what it is capable of...

Mike Pacheco Mar 25, 2004, 11:32pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Well, I wasn't saying that his BIOS was the cause of his problem, I was just answering his question concerning 'official' CPU compatibility with newly released BIOS versions.

My relevant advice towards his specific issue still stands with testing his memory to ensure that it is not a memory problem.

Mike Pacheco Mar 25, 2004, 11:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Milt,

Not everyone is up to performing open heart surgery on their motherboard to force a CPU to work in it at out of the ordinary speeds. ;) Nice OC though!!

Milt Mar 26, 2004, 03:07am EST Report Abuse
>> Mike,
Apologies if it seemed that I was getting on your case... that was NOT my intent.
Your advice, as always, is excellent.
But it seemed that Bart was in a frame of mind that some BIOS, somewhere, was going to 'cure' his problem.
I think we both recognize that his problem is not with the BIOS version that he is using.

As to the overclock... thanks, but it is really an amazingly simple 'mod' to do...
I prefer to add in three separate pins, one at a time, to create a third jumper, so that I can always jumper it back to 'stock'.
Here's a link to a good 'How-to-do-it' with a soldering pencil.
http://www.angelfire.com/yt3/jzztt/modding_A7n266-VM.htm

You can also do this mod by the 'brute-force-and-ignorance' method... snip the existing wire with small side cutters, and then use some Windshield Defogger repair paint (or solder) to join the other two points.

Robert Shores Mar 26, 2004, 03:53am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
This is where I get to say....throw a bigger power suppy in there....if nothing else, the smoke show will be more impressive. Stick with the 1007 BIOS.

wilson chu Mar 26, 2004, 09:53am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
yeah i got it to work.. i got the driver cd from my friend.. and it works fine.. either the update to the drivers or the update to bios.... but its workin fine now.. i advice people who didnt install the asus driver for the mobo to do so and im sure everythign shall work.. thank you

Mike Pacheco Mar 26, 2004, 10:41am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Milt,

No offense taken. :)

I think I'm going to have to get this mobo again. That just looks way too fun to play with and simple to pass up. Hmmm, I don't recall.....was/is there a PCI/AGP lock on this motherboard though?


Robert,

LOL, Have we been giving the same advice to people for that long already? :D

Milt Mar 26, 2004, 09:51pm EST Report Abuse
>> Mike... I thought it was your lucky day!
I just checked, and Newegg.com sells a refurb of the Asus A7N266-VM for $31.00 US, shipped.
It's a 'refurb', which means sombody else got p**sed off with it and sent it back, but for $31.00 shipped, you can't go too far wrong!
But, they are temporarilly out-of-stock. Keep checking the link below though... they have them often!

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-1...=Refurbish

Robert Shores Mar 27, 2004, 01:03am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
I may have to buy one of those refurb boards. I've been kinda bored with mine because I never have any problems to fix. I've even tried to duplicate some of the problems people write about here, but can't get mine to act up. I like to fix things, but nothing is broken. Thanks for the tip.

Mike Pacheco Mar 29, 2004, 10:12am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Milt,

Thanks for the tip!! :)

Milt Apr 03, 2004, 04:42pm EST Report Abuse
>> Newegg.com has the 'refurbs' back in stock!
But, they've upped the price $8, from $39 to $47.25, including shipping.

Still a good deal, in my books!

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-1...;section=3

shibu basheer Apr 04, 2004, 09:50pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Problem with A7N266-VM/AA
I am having random reboot problems with XP.. Here is my config

A7N266-VM/AA with latest bios.
AMD XP 2200+
256 DDR 2100
Herculis AGP 32MB video card.
Hard drive and DVD writer. No other PCI cards

Problem 1: Onboard video doesnt work (with no AGP card).. I get 2 short beeps (memory error?) Tried different sticks of RAM. I have the RAM installed on the slot close to the CPU. I have video through AGP graphics card though.

Problem2: I think I have a CPU heating problem. When I do lots of application switching, switch user, and lots of HDD activity, the system sometime looses power. When running at 100/100, it does not loose power.. simply reboots. If not much activity, the CPU is running around 45. Using the ASUS prob, I dont see any problems. I think the CPU temp shoots up when I do lots of activity.. this is unusual.

Have replaces nearly every component inclusing power supply, memory, HDD. Have not been able to try another CPU. If the CPU is bust, will it even let me boot windows? Only thing left for me to try is to try the other slot for memory, and reseat CPU and maybe try another... I dont want to spend the money yet though... I may just buy an alternative mobo if I have to spend.

shibu basheer Apr 04, 2004, 09:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Tried all the latest drivers from Asus site too. Did I say I have the latest bios too?

This sucks.. I have spent all week on this :( Need to get some real work done..

Milt Apr 05, 2004, 05:59am EDT Report Abuse
>> shibu basheer
If you have no on-board video, then either your board is busted or your system memory is no good.

Run Memtest86 from http://www.memtest.org/
A minimum of two full passes on all 7 tests... let it run overnight, if you can.

Reseating the memory AND the CPU won't hurt, and can sometimes help


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