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Jason Hodges
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 7:49 pm:   


I recently built a computer with a K7VZA ECS motherboard and AMD 800 MHz Duron.

Installation went fine, and I was able to install a few programs. But then it started freezing up, especially when I would go online. It would happen at different sites and at different times.

I pulled my soundcard and used the onboard soundcard. And I replaced the video card with an older one. And I've tried almost every setting in the BIOS.

My hard drive works fine in another computer. And I used GoldMemory 5.07 to test the 128 Megs of Ram I have for it.

I think that leaves me either the motherboard or chip. I also used a heatsink and fan from CoolerMaster, DP5-5G11A. Their website said it was rated up to 900 MHz. AMD recommended the 5G11B model, not the 5G11A. AMD also doesn't recommend the K7VZA ECS motherboard, but I bought them as a combo deal.

I noticed when I took the computer apart that the rubber strip thingy on the heatsink had melted a little around the chip. I know this could be bad, or what the rubber is supposed to do. I'm not really sure. I do know the onboard temp stuff in the motherboard never seemed to go over 39 Celsius. But while Win 98 (1st edition) was up, and I was running the VIA monitor stuff, it would give me a Hysteries or Hypersteries warning if I had "warn on Hyperseries" checked. I'm not sure of the spelling or what that was.

So, does anybody have any ideas as to why it's freezing up? Is it the chip and an over heating problem? Or is it the motherboard?

Thanks a Lot,

Jason Hodges
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 9:33 pm:   

don't know why it's freezing up but
if your concerned about overheating


slow it down

have you tried backing down the speed of the processor via jumpers on the mainboard to see if it makes a difference.
of course if you wanted a slower cpu you would have gotten one in the first place.....but just to see if running it slower would cool it down a bit and make the difference

just an idea
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2001 - 10:20 pm:   

well i just looked at a review of the K7VZA ECS
it said

Unfortunately, no option is provided which would allow users to control the clock multiplier

so i guess that idea is out the window
Jason Hodges
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2001 - 1:47 am:   

Thanks anyway. I did think of that and then couldn't figure out how to do it.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2001 - 5:19 pm:   

did you use any heatsink compound with with your cpu and heatsink

just wondering

have you tried

it's a self service support

i've been reading the duron has 200 fsb
does your K7VZA ECS support it?

the front side bus speed can be changed in through the bios

how about memory
do you have the correct specification

some more ideas

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