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Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 2:51 am:   

Ok, I got all the parts for my new computer about a week ago. It all worked "ok" but froze when I tryed to install any operating system on it. After awhile I got messing with the DIP Switches to try ang get it to run in 133MHz seeing how right then it would only run in 100MHz, after I got done f**king around and seeing I couldn't get it working I put it back to 100MHz and set the DIP Switches at 12.5(High as it goes) and after that it won't display anything on the screen, or even turn the monitor on. I have all the settings like they where when I had it running to begin with. The CPU gets hot, telling me it works. The CPU fan works and the light on the motherboard comes on. The Video Card fan also comes on and the card gets hot. What do you think would be wrong with it? The RAM is brand new and the system don't beep at all. The Video Card is a GeForce2 GTS 64MB w/ TV Out. Any ideas? I got a new motherboard on the way it will be here on the 13th so I will find out if I messed up the board or the card. Any ideas on what you think would be wrong would help. Thanks.
v (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 12:06 pm:   

Did you try clearing CMOS? Check your manual for the instructions. Get your jumpers and switches set correctly before clearing. If this allows your pc to boot up, go into bios and make sure "virus warning" is disabled. That may be what is interfering with the installs. It probably wouldn't hurt to reseat the cpu, memory and video card either.
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 4:27 pm:   

I can't clear the CMOS it is a Giga-Byte GA-7DX, I have another board on the way it will be here in 2 days. Thanks for the help with the frezzing when I try to install a OS :)
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 4:43 pm:   

Also when it did work when I pust it in 133MHz and moved the DIP Switches to Auto the screen turns on and turns right back off. Do I Have to have the DIP Switches at 11.5x(like they should be) when it is on 133MHz or should Auto work?
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 5:51 pm:   

why don't you post the complete specs, cpu, ram, etc. exact model and version number of the motherboard and i'll look it up. see what i can find.
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2002 - 6:02 pm:   

I have:

Giga-Byte GA-7DX+ Motherboard(
nVidia GeForce2 GTS 64MB DDR(
Kingston 256MB 266MHz DDR PC2100 DIMM CL2.5(
AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 1.53GHz(
Case is ATX and I have a 300W Power Supply that came with the case.
v (Vera)
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2002 - 2:36 pm:   

Some things to try:

Hold down the "Insert" key and then turn the PC on and wait for it to boot. On some pc's, this will clear and reset the CMOS memory.

Removing the cmos battery may reset the cmos. Some recommend removing for a few minutes or as long as overnight to accomplish a reset. I would put all jumpers and switches back to factory default then remove the battery.
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2002 - 3:28 pm: F6
(May 31, 2002) 1. Correct AMD AthlonXP 2100+, 2200+ CPU
2. Fixed "DualBIOS option" issue
3. Turn off keyboard LED in S5

that's the latest bios. i assume you upgraded to that one? according to the pdf files i found, this board with a revision of 1.0 and a bios of F4 should do the trick with your setting of 11.5 clock rate and the other jumper set to 133/266. (100/133 is equal to 200/266 Front Side Bus speed) this bios here is an F6. as Vera said, you may need to clear the bios to default settings. one thing too, turn off the virus detection before you try to install the os. it can interfere with it. after you're done, you can turn it back on
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2002 - 5:54 pm:   

Thanks for all the help :) I will let you know what happens when I get the new motherboard tomorrow.
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 12:35 am:   

I got the new motherboard, it didn't help. I took the RAM back to BestBuy to have them test it and they said it was good. I am having the Video Cad checked out Friday. Thanks for the help.

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