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  K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy 
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aleska the_big Feb 19, 2002, 10:23am EST Report Abuse
Hi everybody,

if there is anybody who can help me, please contact me.

I bought K7S5A (with LAN onboard) mobo about two weeks ago. Since then I cannot sleep at all. I have two main problems: one with AGP driver and another with Floppy Disk Driver.

First of all, here is what I have:
AMD Duron 700MHz
96MB SDRAM on 100MHz
HDD Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB 7200rpm
S3 Savage 3d 8MB
CD ROM AOpen 48x

1. What is bugging me is AGP slot or driver - when having installed mobo I have precisely proceeded step by step in installation of AGP driver. I mean first of all I have installed the driver, then I have put my VGA card into AGP slot and hoped it would work. But nothing has happened. Windows has not detected VGA card. When I tried another VGA card (but into PCI slot), it worked. I do not know what to do. Is it worth flashing my BIOS or upgrading AGP driver or not? Can I use my VGA card in this mobo at all or I am forced to buy a new one?

2. The second problem concearns with FDD - after turning on my computer, FDD starts to shine and stays on. I thought I plugged floppy cable backwards but I do think it is impossible (I am fed up with this problem that I tried any possible interconnection between FDD and mobo and none of these possibilities did not work.

So, I will be much obliged to you if you can help me.

See ya, aleska.

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sniz25 Feb 19, 2002, 01:27pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
1. When you have the PCI video in, look in the BIOS and see if the primary graphics adapter is set to PCI or AGP. I dont know alot about video, so Im not sure if this is your problem.

2. All Ive read about floppy lights staying on is that it may be plugged in upside down, but since you said you tried that, I dont know what to tell you.

Sorry I dont have any definite answers, but at least Ill help keep the post towards the top of the list, so maybe you can get some more (and better) advice. :)

Bill Peppers Mar 02, 2002, 04:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
I am encountering the same issue with my video card. I put a PCI video card in and it works fine. When I install an S540 1xAGP card from Diamond, I get nothing on the screen.

Could my problem be that the card is only 1x. I see the board is rated for 2x/4x.

Any help would be appreciated.

Bill Peppers Mar 02, 2002, 07:20pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
It wasn't the 1x vx 4x. I found the jumper settings to set my Diamond Stealth III S540 to 4x and I have the same results. No boot with the AGP card in.

I have set the primary video adapter to AGP and enabled 4x. If the PCI card is in the slot, it will boot but not display anything unless the monitor is plugged into the PCI card.

Billy Davis Apr 08, 2002, 10:33am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
try updating bios to older bios file use 010911.rom i flashed mine with this bios ver and board works just fine. I think 12/15/01 or 011215 bios is buggy. and for the floppy light staying on if you have the jumper on the board set for keyboard power on sometimes this will cause it. Do not install agp vxd driver it causes nothing but problems, if you already installed it go under add/remove programs under control panel and remove it. let me know if this helps..

Bill Peppers Apr 09, 2002, 04:19pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
Thanks for the response. What I ended up doing was returning the board and getting an Iwill KK266 Plus MB and an Enermax EG365P-VE power supply. Threw it together and was up and running with no problems.

I noticed when I returned the board, there was a stack of them in the return area that other people had also returned. Not a very good sign as I see it.

After all the problems I had with this board, I would not recommend it to anyone.

Doug Houghton May 05, 2002, 02:43am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
I haven't had that many problems, but the past week my system has failed to boot. I have the k7s5a with a 300w P.S., 64mb gforce mx200, 40 gig and 8 gig hard drives, two CD drives, 256ddr ram and a pci usb card. The past week I come down stairs and find the computer's monitor in the power save mode, I don't have it set for it. I try moving the mouse and nothing, I also try rebooting and nothing. The first couple of times it did this I thought maybe the vid card was going bad, I pulled the card and looked at it for anything weird and smeeled it. Nothing wrong then I put it back in the machine and it works fine for a couple of days. Have tried other agp cards, different power supplys(235W and it worked for a while) and the pci vid cards worked also.
Some one said my agp slot was bad, some said not enough power, one lady said mother board was shorting out. Any one have any ideas? Other than this I love the machine, compared to work's and most of my friends and for the price I paid.

Leppy Chaun May 30, 2002, 09:26pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
Hey guys,
As far as the agp goes i had a similar problem. I bought the k7s5a bout 2 weeks ago and switched my chit to the inside and got a video card beep error...on a geforce4 mx. I tried a geforce2 in that slot and it booted up fine. Ended up being a conflict with a pci slot. Try moving your devices around and it might just pick up... Like leave nothing in there beside your ram ... processor .. and vid ...that should tell you. As far as getting it to work in windows you need to tell the bios to assign and ip to pci adapter ..or something like that. It won't pick up otherwise.
-Hope this helped

Master King Jul 31, 2002, 08:17am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
Whend I install first time K7S5A I don't see nothing on my monitor, but I remember some VIA motherboards have some problem with agp cards becouse the AGP card is touching somthing on the motherboard.
So I tri here tu move a litle component who is in front of agp card and after that is working fine:)

Steven L. Dec 29, 2002, 06:43pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: K7S5A: Problems with AGP and floppy
I've had a problem with my floppy too.
Here was my problem:
When using the K7S5A motherboard, with a PCI video card, I would be getting a lot of read/write errors to the floppy drive. In addition, my sound had been all fuzzy. I tracked the problems down to being when there was motion on the screen. When there was no motion on the screen, the floppy and sound BOTH worked fine. This involved either copying files in MS-DOS, or dragging the copying dialogue down to the bottom of the screen (all the way) so that the bottom animated image of the files being moved from folder to folder was covered up by the taskbar. This seemes to fix my problem with errors on my floppy drive.
Now heres the real fix:
As far as I know, this motherboard cannot be successfully used with PCI video cards (serves you (and me) right for buying a cheap motherboard). All my problems were fixed when I upgraded to an AGP card. All the PCI cards I tried did NOT work (gave me this problem), while ALL the AGP cards seemed to solve this problem.

Hope this is of some use to some of you, because this problem had been making ME crazy for a long time......

some people suggested installing a new sound card, and disabling the old (onboard one). This may fix the sound problem, but upgrading to an AGP card, or making sure that there is no motion on the screen (impossible in games, i guess) will fix BOTH the sound, AND floppy drive problems.

Good luck.
Next time buy an more expensive motherboard!!!



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