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stuart aitken
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 2:30 pm:   

I'm building a new machine with the following specs:

Abit TH7II-RAID mainboard
maxtor diamond 60GB ATA133 HD
geforce 3 AGP graphics card
512 Mb samsung RAM (2*256, pc800 RIMMs)
Pentium 1.6a Ghz (northwood core, socket 478)

all brand new

I've installed just the above components (no other cards or floppy) and it constantly hangs on POST code 29 which would normally be just before it beeps and shows the Bios info on the monitor - according to the manual this could be one of five diferent things, the primary suspect being initialising Video bios

I've tried about 4 other graphics cards including an older PCI matrox and I still get the same thing, which pretty much rules out a faulty graphics card

removing the video card altogether gives me the same thing

removing the memory halts at an earlier POST code so I doubt its that either

I also disconnected the HD but that also had no effect

so : I gues its either a faulty MB, a dead pentium 4 cpu or me doing something stupid :)

is there any easy way to tell from the POST code wether its likely to be a faulty chip or mainboard?

asnybody had a similar problem?

thanks in advance for any help...
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - 8:27 pm:   

Reseat your memory as the slots are very snug. You might want to insert the ram and remove several times to ensure a good contact is made. You may also want to make sure the cmos is cleared as well. The only gripe I have/had with this motherboard is sometimes the post code is misleading as it is a random number that sometimes reflects nothing about the true problem. I have set up several of these boards and 1 actually did have a bad AGP slot, a dead short on a mains voltage which caused a problem on every other circuit.

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