[Techtalk] Build it! redux, and AMD woes
adriana at control-click.com
Sat Nov 10 12:46:42 EST 2001
> Now, I could run out and invest in an aftermarket fan, but I'm starting
> to think the problem isn't heat after all. But how to tell what it is?
> Other possibilities that occur to me are
> - memory (DDR): though I have no particular reason to think it's bad
> - disk: the main disk (a WD) took forever to format and gets hot as
> heck when formatting or compiling.
> - motherboard (Soyo SY-K7ADA, ALi Magik1 1647/1535D+ chipset):
> - IDE: on bootup, it takes an unreasonably long time to find all the
> IDE disks (could that be a problem with the WD?), sometimes doesn't
> find them all, and doesn't see my floppy (an ancient thing that's
> been collecting dust, maybe it really is broken)
> - BIOS: more recent BIOS revs had something to do with "recognizing"
> the Palomino/XP chips, though my older BIOS does correctly report
> it as a 1400GHz Athlon. Upgrading the BIOS requires borrowing a
> DOS machine but I can do that if it might help.
Take a look at http://www.bitwizard.nl/sig11/
It describes many possible causes for your problem and some possible tests to run.
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