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the slowest socket A was a Athlon xp 1500+ Palomino wich was released late 2001.
It has a speed of 1333 Mhz with a 10x multi.
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Ok, I don't think the CPU's stock speed is 1150MHz. The CMOS checksum (?) failed and reverted to defaults... So it set the FSB to 100MHz, and the multi to 11.5. So that's the speed. However, nowhere in POST or setup does it say exactly what the CPU is. Any way of knowing without removing the heatsink?
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Ok, I don't think the CPU's stock speed is 1150MHz. The CMOS checksum (?) failed and reverted to defaults... So it set the FSB to 100MHz, and the multi to 11.5. So that's the speed. However, nowhere in POST or setup does it say exactly what the CPU is. Any way of knowing without removing the heatsink?
Google the chip? Should tell you all you need to know about your proc.

Never mind, you don't know what proc it is. Well boot it up, run CPU-z and then report back!
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It doesn't say anything about the chip but "Athlon XP". I was wondering if there was a way without removing the heatsink... Guess I'm going to have to anyway.
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Good to hear you got a Socket A revived but they also made an XP 3200 chip for Socket A (Desktop chip - I have one that's a unlocked 200 MHz chip with a 0336 date and AQXEA stepping.

If you have another NF2 board around, it's possible to reflash the BIOS chip via hotflash if you think the chip got corrupted somehow. I'd need to dig up the info on what switches to use during the flash for making it do it with another board make/model but the important thing would be that it must be a NF2 chipset board.
I own two of these boards and still use them for everyday use and OC'ing as well. Fun to tweak and they can take the abuse without complaint as long as you set them up properly. Only issues I've ever had was a bulging cap and the nortorious "Death Sleep" they will do on occasion. One of my boards has done this before and the same one is doing it again as I post but only after I pushed a XP-M 2800 past the 2.8GHz mark with it.

BTW, the lack of +5 voltage may have indeed borked the BIOS due to,lack of CPU voltage and a reflash of the chip if you can do it woudn't hurt. Use the Trats 1010 BIOS mod to extend the voltage range of the CPU and chipset once you have it going again. If you'll look at what's printed on thr CPU's label, I can tell you exatly what it is.

For more Socket A info, you can go here: http://www.classicplatforms.com/forum/
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Set multi to 10 and fsb to 133. You are probably trying to boot with a to high multi causing it to crash. Also set vcore to 1.65 or 1.7.
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post #27 of 175
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POST at 133x11.5. Pretty sure the chip was very underclocked.


I don't know if the BIOS is futzed or not. If it is it may be a problem, since I'm not sure that the floppy will work with this shredded cable... None of the individual wires look broken, but you never know. Do these old floppies use standard IDE40/80 cables or what? Plus I'll need to find someplace that still has floppies. Not a single one in the house.
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Set multi to 10 and fsb to 133. You are probably trying to boot with a to high multi causing it to crash. Also set vcore to 1.65 or 1.7.
Good point about the multi - If you can get into the BIOS somehow, make sure the multi is at 12.5 or lower unless the chip's stock multi is above 12.5. A7N's normally have trouble with higher multi's (13x and higher).
The board itself should run 200 FSB no problem unless the board is sick or the CPU doesn't like bus speeds that high.

Floppys use a ribbon cable similar to an IDE cable and I believe it is a 40 pin cable.
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post #29 of 175
I have an old socket A Alienware at 2.1ghz. I think it's a 2600+ (non barton)
Having a heck of a time keeping it cool.
same mobo I believe. Stock Vcore is like 1.65V

a nice little media PC.... can't decode Hulu/Netflix for the life of it though. chopppy.
post #30 of 175
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Yikes--the +5V reading in the hardware monitoring section doesn't look too good, hovering around 4.73-4.78V. I hope it's just the sensor screwing up, and not the actual PSU undervolting. If it is the PSU then I bet it's this tanj 9800 Pro putting too much load on the +5V. The PSU has 38A on the +5V, but it's old and may be severely derated.
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