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post #1 of 175
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I've got this old Socket A computer from waaaay back that I picked up from my uncle. This thing was a beast of a gaming rig in its day, but has sat neglected for a long time now. I'm not quite sure all what's in it... Here's what I know:


Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard (did not have CMOS battery, had to replace)
Athlon XP "Barton" 2600+
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
2x256MB DDR 400 CL3
1x512MB DDR 400
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
Western Digital WD1200JD 120GB IDE
Lite-On DVD-ROM drive



This computer did not have a power supply installed. When I first got it the only PSU available was an Antec Earthwatts 430W. When I tried to run the computer off it it froze at the Asus splash screen. I believe this was due to the fact that the Earthwatts doesn't have the +5V capacity to run this rig.

I'm about to try with an old Antec True 480W I've found. It has a lot more +5V capacity than the Earthwatts. If this doesn't do the trick I'm going to be stuck until I can find some parts to swap in, and I may not bother.


I'll keep y'all posted.


Project Update #1
POST achieved on bench test. Case short suspected. CPU is an Athlon XP 1150MHz. It's only registering 786MB of RAM, rather than the 1024MB it should be detecting. Going to try booting off the hard drive, see what OS is on there.


Project Update #2
Figured out all the hardware. Got it to boot onto the native OS (Windows 2000 Pro) but don't have the administrator password. Installing Linux on a different HDD.
Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 1/14/10 at 6:23pm
post #2 of 175
Try resetting the CMOS. When I pulled out my socket A rig, I had to set it to some pretty loose clocks to get it to boot.
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post #3 of 175
Throw in:
-4x1GB ddr500
-An Athlon-xp 3800+
-A HD4670 1GB AGP
-A 120 GB IDE drive (i assume its still on an older standard where drives larger than 128GB wouldn't work)

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post #4 of 175
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CMOS should have been reset by not having a CMOS battery in for five years...

Installing the PSU now.
post #5 of 175
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One thing that I've noticed about this first run is that there's a lot less cabling to do than in a modern PC. For this first run I'm just going to try to get it to POST, so I'm not hooking up any drives. That means the sum total of all the connectors I'm using are... The 20-pin mobo and a 4-pin Molex (for the 9800). I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something.
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post #7 of 175
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Pics forthcoming.



Well, got to the same point as with the 430W PSU. Fans start (VREEEEEEEEEEENNNNN), single POST beep, then freezes at the Asus A7N8X Deluxe splash screen. Does not respond to keyboard. Hmm...


Possibilities:
1.) Mobo is dead
2.) PSU still can't power it? Should...
3.) CPU is overheating (reapply thermal paste? try another Socket A cooler? where would I get one of those?)
4.) Mobo is shorting on the case (bench test could try for that)
5.) GPU may be overheating and freezing on the splash image (unlikely...)
6.) Bad RAM


What do you guys think?
post #8 of 175
Bad ram? Reseat the cpu, probably needs new TIM.
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post #9 of 175
4 is the only thing that seems probable out of your list. Try with one stick of RAM.
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post #10 of 175
disconnect/remove everything but mobo/cpu/ram/psu/video -- and as Dopamin3 suggested 1 stick of ram...

try a different video card...
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