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Old October 30th 03, 08:27 PM
David Cook
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Default I need to replace a bad Asus A7V motherboard

I took my backup computer to a repair shop,
and they diagnosed the problem down to
broken power-etches on the motherboard.
(But they want a relate fortune to repair it.)

So, since I've built a few PCs from the motherboard
up (including THIS one about 4 or 5 years ago)
I took it all apart and now have the motherboard
out.

The original/broken motherboard is an Asus A7V
and it has 5 white PCI slots and a graphics-card slot.
I found the manual for it...it says 'ASUS A7V'
'JumperFree PC133/VC133'
and 'Socket A Motherboard' on the manual cover.
The processor in it is AMD (Athlon or Duron...I
can't tell for sure yet, because I'm not sure how to
remove the large 'CPU Cooler' fan off the top of it.)
It's speed is in the 700 MHz range.

So, my questions a

(1) Can someone suggest a vendor of replacement
motherboards who might stock this original A7V
motherboard? (Or, the nearest most compatible
motherboard that is of equal form-factor and will
allow me to preserve the original memory stick and
the AMD processor/fan and power supply.)
[As I googled around the Internet, I found numerous
vendors of Asus motherboard, but all the

(2) Explain in some detail how to remove the 'cooler fan'
from the top of the CPU? (There is a metal clip on one
side...on the edge where the socket has it's wide unused
area. Also, it appears that this 'cooler fan' must be removed
BEFORE I'll be able to raise the brown bar that frees the
CPU from it's socket, right?
(I bought the original motherboard with the CPU already
in place, so I've never done this part before.)

TIA...

Dave


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Old October 31st 03, 02:40 AM
David Cook
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Beautiful! This MSI motherboard does indeed look like a
logical equivalent. The price is right...I ordered it.

('New Egg' was shown on Asus-tek website to be a
recommended vendor, so I had no qualms about ordering
from them. Their shopping-cart ordering worked flawlessly...
so it is a pleasure doing business with them.)

Also, your description of how to remove the 'cooler fan' and
AMD processor chip were "right on the money". I have removed
them both from the broken motherboard.

Thanks for the excellent help!

Cheers...

Dave




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On Thu, 30 Oct 2003 14:27:24 -0500, "David Cook"
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(1) Can someone suggest a vendor of replacement
motherboards who might stock this original A7V
motherboard?


It should be a standard ATX MB right?
A7v133 was a very popular board at the time and still selling at
various places by ASUS. There are tons of other makers too who came
out with the same type of board. I gave this board to someone whose
running it even now.

http://www.ocworkbench.com/hardware/...3/a7v133p1.htm

MSI kt133a MB for $49


http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...tby=14&order=1


(2) Explain in some detail how to remove the 'cooler fan'
from the top of the CPU? (There is a metal clip on one
side...on the edge where the socket has it's wide unused
area.


You get a slender screw driver and slide it in the slot in the clip
and then bend the slip outward so that it clears the plastic hook at
the base which holds it in place. Then the whole thing just plops off.
Take the fan plug out first whch leads to the motherboard usually.

Be careful not to put uneven pressure on the heatsink assembly. Theres
support for the heatsink on some sides that prevent pushing the whole
thing down at an angle but on others , you can end up pushing down on
the block of the heatsink that rests on little metal square in the
middle of your CPU , when you put it at an angle , it can chip the
edges off.

Also, it appears that this 'cooler fan' must be removed
BEFORE I'll be able to raise the brown bar that frees the
CPU from it's socket, right?


Yeah because the clip holds the heatsink onto the MB which presses
down on the CPU. So you have to take it off before the CPU will come
off.




 




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