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Old August 18th 04, 11:30 PM
lefthandblack
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Hello all.

I recently built a new system with specs as follows:
Antec performance plus case w/ true power 430 watt ps
A7n8x deluxe- bios rev 1008
AMD xp 2800
512 mb PNY pc-2700 memory
Maxtor 60gb SATA hd
Sony cd-rw
generic floppy drive
Gainward Geforce fx 5900xt golden sample
sb Audigy gamer sound card
USR performance-pro 56k modem
All stock-no overclocking

I put the system together and fired it up, no problems other than
recognizing processor as "unknown processor" with incorrect speed.
Did some research, found out I needed a bios update, downloaded
and flashed bios to 1008, this problem solved.
Had hell installing XP pro until I figured out that I needed to put
the SATA drivers on a floppy and f6 them in.
Installed xp, detected hardware, and installed drivers for all
components.
Test drove XP for awhile-worked ok.
Installed UT 2004 played around with bots, video-card kicked ass.
-Next day
Went to windows update site and installed all critical updates
manually,
this took several hours on 56k-still no problems.
After one of the last reboots for the windows updates, I got a blue
screen and
a lockup just after windows loaded, something about "IRQ not less or
equal"
Rebooted system windows ran scandisk fixed a bunch of errors and
rebooted itself.
-At this point the system wouldn't boot at all, no video and a
repeating beep
code Long-short.
-Turned off system, reseated ram, and tried to boot, still no video,
no beep code this time but monitor diagnostic screen said "frequency
out of range" something like 256kz. Turned off system, Installed
video-card in old-system, booted just fine. Installed video card back
in new system, this time it booted ok except the bios had been reset
to defaults. Went into bios, reset everything,
when I tried to save the bios it locked up, I also noticed that some
of the text
in the bios screen was displayed wrong, e.g. some of the letters were
green instead of blue. Turned off system, tried to reboot and got pink
and white horizontal bars flashing across the screen. Reseated video
card and tried again-
same thing. Put video card in old system, same thing on old system.
At this point I knew the video-card was fried, so I decided to try my
old Geforce 3 in the new system. The first time it booted just fine,
the second time
no video and no boot.
Now I'm scared, so I take out my gf 3 and put an old voodoo pci card
in the new
system, no boot problems whatsoever.
I've sent the new gainward card in for warranty and should get a
replacememnt sent back next week.
My question is this:
Could there be something wrong with the AGP slot on the motherboard
that fried
my video card?
I don't really want to have to buy a new motherboard, but I'm leery
about putting another 200$ video card back in it.
Also, does anyone know anything about Asus boards and the accuracy of
their cpu temp probes? Before the bios update it was reading 132 F at
idle, after the bios update it went down to 109 f.
Sorry so long, but I figured every little detail would help to get an
accurate
diagnosis. Thanks for any advice anyone can provide.
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Old August 19th 04, 11:28 AM
rstlne
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to defaults. Went into bios, reset everything,
when I tried to save the bios it locked up, I also noticed that some
of the text
in the bios screen was displayed wrong, e.g. some of the letters were
green instead of blue. Turned off system, tried to reboot and got pink
and white horizontal bars flashing across the screen. Reseated video
card and tried again-
same thing. Put video card in old system, same thing on old system.
At this point I knew the video-card was fried, so I decided to try my
old Geforce 3 in the new system. The first time it booted just fine,
the second time
no video and no boot.
Now I'm scared, so I take out my gf 3 and put an old voodoo pci card
in the new
system, no boot problems whatsoever.
I've sent the new gainward card in for warranty and should get a
replacememnt sent back next week.
My question is this:
Could there be something wrong with the AGP slot on the motherboard
that fried
my video card?
I don't really want to have to buy a new motherboard, but I'm leery
about putting another 200$ video card back in it.
Also, does anyone know anything about Asus boards and the accuracy of
their cpu temp probes? Before the bios update it was reading 132 F at
idle, after the bios update it went down to 109 f.
Sorry so long, but I figured every little detail would help to get an
accurate
diagnosis. Thanks for any advice anyone can provide.



did you use 1008 or 1008_D as your bios
According to the asus page 1008 is for the 1.xx revision boards and if yours
is a new board then It should def be version 2.xx.

To me It sounds like you could have a corrupt bios but if you used 1008
instead of 1008_D then that could be your problem too..


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Old August 19th 04, 10:37 PM
lefthandblack
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did you use 1008 or 1008_D as your bios
According to the asus page 1008 is for the 1.xx revision boards and if yours
is a new board then It should def be version 2.xx.

To me It sounds like you could have a corrupt bios but if you used 1008
instead of 1008_D then that could be your problem too..


I used 1008, my board is revision 1.04.
With a pci video card, it boots just fine every time.
So I'm thinking that either the cards are not seating right,
or something is wrong with the AGP slot. I was just wondering if
anyone had ever heard of a faulty AGP slot burning up a video
card.
Thanks.
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Old August 20th 04, 06:09 PM
Anthony
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What is different in bios 1008 then in bios 1006? I also have a 1.04
revision board.


"lefthandblack" wrote in message
om...
did you use 1008 or 1008_D as your bios
According to the asus page 1008 is for the 1.xx revision boards and if
yours
is a new board then It should def be version 2.xx.



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Old August 25th 04, 02:09 PM
D R Tester
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Have you gone into the bios and selected the AGP VGA Card in the Bios rather
than the PCI which it defaults to after the flash....

Dom


"lefthandblack" wrote in message
om...
did you use 1008 or 1008_D as your bios
According to the asus page 1008 is for the 1.xx revision boards and if
yours
is a new board then It should def be version 2.xx.

To me It sounds like you could have a corrupt bios but if you used 1008
instead of 1008_D then that could be your problem too..


I used 1008, my board is revision 1.04.
With a pci video card, it boots just fine every time.
So I'm thinking that either the cards are not seating right,
or something is wrong with the AGP slot. I was just wondering if
anyone had ever heard of a faulty AGP slot burning up a video
card.
Thanks.



 




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