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Drake Enno Dec 24, 2004, 05:16am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM Problems installing Gforce FX 5700 LE
Hi all

I am really impressed with the info on this thread. I have found many cool tips and tricks. , (deep breath) I have the above mentioned mobo and have been running the Athalon XP 2000+, 512 DDR (2 sticks)Ram, 133/133, maxtor 30gb dunno what speed with a Logic P4 300w max power supply. For graphics I added a gforce 4MX for a year or so have had zero probs outside of downloader trojans etc. I just did a spring cleaning of sorts by complete re-install of Windows XP Pro and added a dvd rom in place of the 52x cd. I also added a lighted case fan. The process wasnt without misshap but overall went well.So... on to my quandry and question...

PROBLEM: I then purchased a Gforce FX 5500 256mb agp and tried in vain to install it. Even went so far as calling tech support who said take the card back and get a replacement. Did that and got a Verto Gforce 5700 Optima 128 mb. agp Same process:

take all steps recommended for install, boots all the way to personal settings, shows my desktop then either lock up or heavy video garble. Steps include setting BIOS to AGP from Card, disabling onboard card. Using driver clean to wipe out old remnants. Installing latest drivers. Reducing hardware performance from full down a couple notches.

Ponderings: It says agp 2.0 but that uses less power than 1 so is supposed to work maybe it just wont? Is this one of those weird things that an upgrade in power supply might help? Any insights or guesses at this point would be much appreciated. I have been working on this for like 3 days straight, need some new horizons. Thanks in advance and I promise to stick around and let you know how it goes.

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John K Jan 15, 2005, 12:29am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Hi all. Sorry if this topic has been cover with the thread, it's so long I might have missed it. My question is how fast of a processor will work in the A7N266-VM. I currently have an 1800 in mine along with 512mb PC2100 ram. I'm considering upgrading the processor to something faster. What works, what doesn't?

Any advice and experiences would be appreciated, Thanks!

Supreet Virdi Jan 15, 2005, 10:50am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
A7N "266" VM, u can upgrade to a processor with 266FSB, and its upto 2400+ i think, but i suggest you to keep ur 1800+ for a while and then get a new setup later on, prolly to Socket 939 Athlon 64 3200+ with Abit AV8 mobo.

Believe me Athlon 64 is amazing. ;)

Dave Pointer Jan 15, 2005, 03:50pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Top CPU without any work is the XP2400

Top CPU after jen Mod is the top Athlon XP Mobile. Of course you'd need to Pin Mod the socket to get it to work right, but it will work.

Here are a set of links

Right now I am running two a7n266-vm/aa's and have been for a year at current speeds.
*Also you don't need to Jen mod if you want to run at the 133fsb- get an athlon XP 2600-m, pin mod it to x18, and voltage to 1.75 and your good to go

All with Athlon XP 2600-m Bartons @ 2.4 ghz (14x170@1.75v)

Also the Barton XP's on the board can give the A64 a run for its money

Robert Shores Jan 16, 2005, 07:18pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
The Athlon XP 2600+(266FSB)(Model 8)(Thoroughbred) works in Ver 1.03 and later boards with Bios ver 1004 and later. The link the Asus CPU compatability page is here.

Matt Gregg Jan 19, 2005, 06:43am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM Installing FX5700LE problems.
Hi all,

Ive had the same problems with installing the PNYfx5700 on an A7N266-VM as many of you have had, random crashes and general instability. I've also had the same trouble with the FX5200. I tried many different drivers and BIOS but still it was hopeless. After trawling thru many forums i've come to the conclusion that this MOBO is kinda unhappy with nvidia cards and they are best avoided.

The solution in my case was to swap to an older and slower ATI card. A Radeon 9200SE works perfectly and the PC is now as stable as can be hoped for.

It is also worth mentioning that My PNYfx5700le is a lot happier on an ECS K7S5A, but still not perfect it will work most of the time but occasionally it will hang and reset the VPU. This makes games run with all funny colours untill i reboot PC then all is fine again.

So to sum up. If you have an A7N266 VM + nvidia graphics card with these sort of problems then the solution seems to be:

A: Change video card to ATI (if you still have receipt and is under warranty)

or if not under warranty

B: Change MOBO, not K7S5A. (cheaper than changing video card)

Hope this is helpfull


Dave Pointer Jan 19, 2005, 09:17am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
I had the same problem with my a7n266-vm/aa and a PNY FX5700 LE, but a simple updated Detonator driver, and replacing my 250 watt power supply fixed it for me. Of course I had to take the first PNY 5700 LE back to CompUSA.

Athlon XP-m 2600+@2.4ghz(14x171@1.75)
a7n266-vm/aa 1.05 Bios 1007
512mb DDR 3200 Crucial
80 gig Western Digital SE 8mb
DVD dual layer Burner
PNY 5700 LE 128mb
350 watt Antec PSU

ATI cards work great on the a7n266-vm's as long as your not overclocking the FSB, otherwise the ATI card will knock you back to 133fsb

Milt Jan 22, 2005, 11:47pm EST Report Abuse
>> John K, Supreet Virdi, Dave Pointer, Robert Shores
There are several high performance AMD Socket 'A' CPUs that will run at the 'stock' 133/266 FSB of our A7N266-VM.

Here are my 'favourites' in the 133/266 FSB MHz/DDR class... which is exactly what you need to start with on any PCChips M810L, M810D, M811LU, M825 v7.2A, ECS K7S5A / M830, or Asus A7N266-VM

High budget: $141 - Barton 'Mobile' 3000+ on 1.65v Vcore
AXMA3000FKT4C Barton (L2 512K) 16.5x 133MHz=2200MHz;depa=0

Medium budget: $117 - Barton 'DTR' (Desk Top Replacement) 2800+ on 1.65v Vcore
AXDA2800DKV4C Barton (L2=512K) 16.0x133MHz=2133MHz, CPUID = 6-10-0 DTR;depa=1

Medium budget: $96 - Barton 'Mobile' 2600+ on 1.45v Vcore
AXMG2600FQQ4C Barton (L2 512K) 15.0x 133MHz=2000MHz;depa=0

Medium budget: $77 - Barton 'Mobile' 2200+ on 1.35v Vcore
AXMD2200FJQ4C Barton (L2 512K) 12.5x 133MHz=1667MHz;depa=0

Low budget: $48 - Duron 1600 Applebred on 1.5v Vcore.
DHD1600DLV1C ( L2 64 KB ) 12.0x133MHz = 1600MHz;depa=0

All of the above are designed to run on a 133/266 bus, all of them run quite cool (they are either designed for notebooks, or low Vcore, or both)

R Westlake Jan 25, 2005, 06:44am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Yea.. power comes on.. fans turn on.. see some lights.. and thats it. No beeps, no picture... nothing.

Same MoBo the asus a7n266-vm

I found the jumper correction... didn't help. I have tried every jumper setting possible. now have it at 100 / 100

I have disconected everything. The proccessor in place is the AMD 1800+ 1533 mhz 266fsb L2 256KB catch
Model 6, opn: AX1800DMT3C

The power supply is a Power Max ATX Switching Power Supply, 350 Watt Max Model number:LP 8800c

+5v / 30a max
-12v / 0.8a max
-5v / 0.3a max

+12v / 25a max
+3.3v / 28a max
+5vsb/ 2.0a max If a decimal is off sorry eyes going fuzzy dealing with this.. thing.

I have tried a few sticks of ram with same prob... If ram was wrong would I least get hear the error sounds and see something?

Now the funny thing. I thought perhaps the cpu was toast. I took it out and re seated it. Then and only then did something else happen.. power came on then turned off about 5 sec. into it. I then poped it out and re-seated it back in.. now just stays on again.

I do not know what version of bio's is on the board. There are stickers but I don't know what one is the serial or what one matters. If the bio's version is off will that hang the power up?

I at the second have nothing hooked up its bare as possible. I just can't fig it out. any help?

R Westlake Jan 25, 2005, 06:56am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Grounding the MoBo to case. I went back over the older posts and seeing talk on that.

Fill me in on this please. I should do what to make sure what? I'll go to local rip off parts store in morning and over pay for what I need.

I'll try re-seating the cpu a few times again as well. BTW... if this dosn't work. I dunno what to do. It's not even for me. A budy without a dime to his name asked me to put this pile together.

O yea quicky add on queston. IF the cpu is dead will that prevent anything from happening beyond staying on with nothing showing on monitor and no beeps... Im considering replacing the cpu with this item from #n82e16819103332 from what I have found I think it's the best possible cpu the board can run amd athlon 1800 thunderboard 266 fsb 1.8 ghrz but that will need a bios upgrade can I run that cpu on the board just to run it long enough to flach the bios with update?

Dave Pointer Jan 25, 2005, 12:21pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Have you tried bench testing the board? Pulling it out along with power supply, setting the board on a the anti-static bag it came with, hooking it all up(Monitor, keyboard, mouse, HDD), and then powering it up by shorting the power button pins- if it powers up like it should- then it is grounding in the case some where alright. Otherwise it could be the BIOS is fried (happened to me once) Good luck

Milt- Only problem with using the mobiles or DTR CPU's on the a7n266-vm, is that they are all unlocked so the're multiplier defaults to 5.5, and to get them to run right you have to pin mod the socket or CPU- no biggie- Also those higher end CPU's will run at 2.4 easy on this board... 133x18 if a fella didn't want to jumper mod it. (Since you have to Pin Mod the chip anyway stick with the xp2600-m's better quality chip)

Robert Shores Jan 25, 2005, 12:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Mine acted the same way the first time I powered it up. I traced my problem to the 14 pin plug that goes to the motherboard from the power supply. It was not seating all the way down into the socket.

Neil Slade Feb 20, 2005, 01:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Gary Headlee Motherboard Repair Service???

I am enclosing the unfortunate details of my experience with Gary Headlee Motherboard Repair Service.
Feel free to contact me further
Neil Slade

Report by Neil Slade

Gary Headlee
692 Lennox St.
Midvale, Utah

Requests CASH PAYMENT or MONEY ORDER payment for "repairs", yet

1) does not give a phone number on his web site,

2) uses an un-listed untraceable anonymous registration for his web page
that does not have any contact information

3) Apparently refuses to reply to any email communications except under
threat of law enforcement.

Gary Headlee Motherboard Repair took from me $50 for a "claimed" repair of
my ATI 9700 PRO video card, and further made me wait over SIX WEEKS before
the card was returned to me, still non-functional. The card is valued at
around $200, with a new replacement ATI card costing nearly $300. The card
also was fitted with a Zalman silent heat sink valued at $40.

He made conflicting repair stories about the card on
two occasions-- first stating that "I've already spent a couple of hours on
your card and haven't figured out what is wrong". See the actual email
regarding this below.

Then several weeks later, apparently forgetting his first story, stating,
"Your card works fine, I couldn't find anything wrong, but will let it run
for a while to make sure its okay."

When the card was finally returned to me after repeated phone calls over a
SIX WEEK period, it was still not operational, and Headlee kept the $50 I
had sent him in advance for the repair.

Use of another ATI card in my computer's AGP slot produces an expected
monitor result without any adjustment. Use of the "repaired" card produces
absolutely NOTHING on the monitor- the card is DEAD. All of my motherboard's
latest drivers and chipset drivers have been installed. It's not my
computer- its the card- it's DEAD and Headlee LIED about it working on his
inspection- for all I know, that never even occurred.

I discourage ANYONE from doing ANY business with Mr. Headlee and instead
encourage simple replacement of a broken motherboard, or use of warranty if


JANUARY 4, 2005

The first week of January 2005 I sent in my video card for repair after
viewing Headlee's web site at

It looked like a respectable web site, and well documented. I sent Headlee
an email regarding my possible card repair, but did not receive a reply.

None the less (and a VERY STUPID MOVE, I must admit) I followed the
instructions on the web site for video card repair and sent. I sent it in
with delivery confirmation via priority mail on Jan 4, 2005, and the
requested $50 repair fee in cash- the excess which would be refunded if the
repair did not require a lot of work.

The web site stated 1-2 day turn-around for repairs.

Delivery confirmation showed that Headlee received the card two days later
on Jan 6.

JANUARY 17, 2005

After waiting TWO WEEKS and not receiving ANY replies to my emails, nor
receiving my card back, or ANY COMMUNICATION whatsoever, I set out to find a
phone number for Headlee.

Headlee's phone is untraceable, and unlisted, and can not be found anywhere
on the Internet.

My last resort was to call The Midvale Utah Police and report what had
happened. They instructed me to contact my local Denver Police and report
THEFT OF SERVICES. They then told me to have my local police contact them,
and they would contact Headlee if possible and look into the matter.

My local police then contacted the police in MIDVALE UTAH, who then
contacted Headlee immediately- and FINALLY apparently under threat of law
enforcement action he contacted me by phone. He then offered a number of
excuses why he had not looked at my card yet. He then said he would look at
it in 3-4 days and would email me with the results. This was around January

A week went by and Headlee made absolutely no contact again.

FEBRUARY 4, 2005

I began sending a series of emails to Headlee's email address (from his web
site) since he did not leave a phone number when he called

After sending at least a dozen emails, Headlee finally replied with an
email, and left his phone number.

I then called him to see what was going on, and he claimed to have already
spent a couple hours working on my card, but to no avail, and that he would
try to complete work on it in the following week.

Here are his original emails sent to me on Feb. 4:

----- Original Message -----
To: Neil Slade
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 5:47 PM

I do understand the way you feel (I have been in the electronics repair buis
for 35+ years), will do my best to stay in contact and repair your card.
Working out of the home has some big drawbacks..... number one drawback is
that the family doesn't think I am at work, so they ask questions & favors
several times each work day, add a few freinds dropping by, an emergency or
two and the day is gone with no real work produced. Today alone I spent 3
hours at the vet as a favor to my son and his sick cat............... If I
add the vet bill alone with lost wages for the 3 hours...........the cat had
more money this week than I did.

Sorry for the poor comunications,

Don't forget to put my website in
your favorites:

My home phone # is 801-567-9150 I
am usually available between
10:30am ~5:30pm MST
Message -----

To: Neil Slade
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 2:58 PM

I tried to call you 2 times today, however the line was busy.
I have spent a couple of hours on your video card, the problem seems to be
quite elusive.
I hope to make progress within a few more days.
Video cards take last priority over all my other work, that is the only way
I can maintain a 2~3 days turn-around for my motherboard customers.
After I finish your card, I will no longer accept video cards for repair
and will remove the video card section from my web page. You are correct, I
am not able to provide a high quality of service for my video card customers
and no hobby is worth having the police come to my door. I know of no-one
else that even attempts to repair video cards...... now there will be none.

I will be home late this afternoon if you wish to call me,

Gary Headlee
Don't forget to put my website in
your favorites:

My home phone # is 801-567-9150 I
am usually available between
10:30am ~5:30pm MST

FEBRUARY 16, 2005

Still no card, no news from Headlee. I send him the following email, to
which I receive no reply.

ATI 9700 Pro card with Zalman cooler

Dear Gary,

Its now been SIX WEEKS since my video card arrived at your home for

Please return it today, repaired or not, and send a delivery confirmation
tracking number.

If the card is not repaired, kindly return my $50 cash.

I will expect to see my card delivered here by Saturday latest.

Neil Slade

I finally got Headlee to answer his phone, and he said my card would be
looked at right after he finished his current other repair job. There was no
mention of his claimed previous "couple of hours spent on the card repair"
from January.

I called two days later- and Headlee had STILL NOT TRIED TO REPAIR MY CARD.
His excuse this time was "I had to spent the weekend with my girlfriend for
Valentine's Day". He said he now would look at the card.

I called the following day, and Headlee claimed the card was working
perfectly, although he spotted a couple of loose solder connections, which
he claimed to repair. He said he would let the card run for a while to make
sure it was okay, and then send it back.

The card arrived via priority mail on February 19, 2005 forty five days
after it arrived at his home.

The card shows no evidence of repair of solder connections anywhere, and the
card still does not function.

Headlee sent no email explaining the so-called repair, sent no invoice, and
kept the entire $50 cash sent to him by me.

Upon last contact, Headlee claims the card was in perfect working order when
it left his shop--and refuses any kind of refund.

The card was tested immediately upon receipt in an operational updated P4
machine, and is completely non-functional and will not even display the
startup boot up screen. . It is in exactly the same non-functional state as
sent. Any other operation ATI card works fine in the same computer.

If anyone has had similar experiences with Headlee, please contact:

Denver, CO


Neil Slade

Neil Slade Feb 20, 2005, 01:38pm EST Report Abuse
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scott quimby Feb 22, 2005, 06:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
hello untill recently i had a A7N266-vm. the problem with your board is manual. the pages' diagram that shows you how to set the bus speeds have been printed in reverse so where you think you are setting the up for the faster you are actually putting it in the default setting of 100mhz but if it has been set for the default it is in fact the faster setting, if you would like to confirm this go to the asus site and check out the pdf manual down loads for that board you will see there has been an amendment to it this shows you the big mistake by them. also it worked when you removed and replaced the processor because the arbitrator(sub program runs during the post sequence checks for changes and reports back to the bios which in turn sets the system to default setting of that actual board. i hope this helps. yours truly disgruntled scott. P.S
by the way i stabbed mine with a screwdriver, removing the sink and fan. i stabbed the graphic area of the m/Board it still worked using the agp though the onboard was totalled. and i was having compatabilityissues with the onboard graphics and the XP platfiorm also did not like the use off an ati card untill i stabbed it that is . bye for real.

Neil Slade Feb 28, 2005, 03:33pm EST Report Abuse
>> Headlee Apologizes and Refunds
Here's the outcome regarding my non-functionally returned video card from Gary Headlee-
he made good on it at last:

In terms of resolving the issue
Gary made good on his promise and refunded my repair fee in its entirety to me yesterday along with an apology for taking so long to get around to resolving the issue.

Many thanks to Carey Holzman who went out of his way to help encourage my refund with Gary. Gary runs a major internet computer web site hub and thought enough of this case to get involved over a period of over a week, and negotiated a fair resolution- thanks Carey!

I have heard from a couple of other people who have had satisfactory and good repair work done by Headlee previously.

I wish him the best in his businessness from this point on.

I know as a self-employed business person it is easy to miss things and get behind, but I know it is also crucially important to quickly acknowledge errors made and to treat every customer fairly.

Bet wishes to all positive computer enthusiasts in getting their machines working.


Neil Slade Mar 20, 2005, 12:26pm EST Report Abuse
>> Headlee Regresses Backwards

Days after Headlee refunded my money (and be reminded this was after CONSIDERABLE EFFORT here)-- other people began contacting me with THEIR stories-- NEITHER their money nor cards were returned- checks cashed- and Headlee refused communication or acknowledgement.

AND ON TOP OF THIS, headlee has put my name in HIDDEN HTML TAGS on his web site without my permission or authorization to direct traffic illicitly to his web site if someone does a search containing Neil Slade---

How about that one, scouts?


Miles Anderson Apr 09, 2005, 09:40am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
my computer does nothing, nothing shows up on the screen im using ASUS A7N266-VM motherboard
i took everything off except the bios battery and the power switch and all that works is the cpu fan!! what do i do?!?

steven Drown Jun 26, 2005, 03:54pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Upgrading from win2K to winXP Pro. The upgrade refuses to run because of an incompatibility with nvidia filter. Can anyone tell me the way to get around this?

forthe web Jul 19, 2005, 10:24am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: HELP!!! ASUS A7N266-VM
Hi everybody,
I have been reading this topic long b4 I bought my MoBo. Was happy that My Mobo didn't caused much trouble described here. Just occasional software hangups or rarely ram beeps which were corrected ones I open the cabinet and do some cleaning and reassembling (not more than onces an year!)

But of late, I too am having problems which, I cant seem to figure-out.. Here is my Prob...

The power supply in our area is erratic with frequent disruptions. Few days back my psu went dead, took the psu from other computer, and started the computer. But the problem described here somewhere, is seen i.e. the Mobo refused to POST on "most" occassions, No beeps no Nothing!. Just a split second of fans spinning and again off, which the Power LED on the cabinet blinking..

Tried to replace each and everything except the athlon xp 1700 cpu (I dont hav any other cpu) and the psu, which is working g8r on other computer. Most strangely, once the computer starts it only shows this kind of trouble on sudden main power failures. Otherwise, if properly shut-off, the mobo starts normaly.

Today, again after a power failure, the mobo refused to POST, but more strangely, it was trying to start itself while just pressing the Main power button on the wall-socket (not the Power-button on the cpu). I reset the cmos, and now the strange behaviour is gone, but not the failed POST. Alas! I had to try for atleast 50 times to POST and "post" this message on this board ;-)

Thinking of buying a UPS, but dunno that will clear the problem.
Any help appreciated.

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