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    Serious problems with GigaByte GA-7VRXP board

    Why is it that the only computers that I build that ever have problems are the ones I build for myself? I guess it's just one of those days.....

    After waiting 2 weeks for my DDR RAM for my new motherboard, today I finally got everything together (BTW, this is for my home system)

    I turn it on, and I can hear the ram clicking, hdd spins up, fans work.....everything except the video. I am using an old PCI All in Wonder, so I thought maybe there was a bios setting that I needed to change to get it to start with a PCI vidcard. I grabbed a GF4 from my workbench where I am building a computer for a freind of mine and put it in.

    still no video.

    so I clear the CMOS--HOORAY! Video!

    then I change the initial video to PCI and reboot--no video on either card. CRAP.

    to keep a 7 hour story short, if I clear the CMOS, it will boot with video but has a checksum error. I have to go into bios and even if I change NOTHING, when I exit BIOS I lose video.

    HELP! I think maybe the mobo is dead

    PS...to make matters worse, about an hour ago my brand spankin new Thermaltake volcano 9's fan crapped out.
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    Have you tried the second bios? and it will post with the gf4 but not the aiw pci? And if you keep the gf4 installed and setup all the correct options in the bios, does it post correctly then? and is there a "failsafe" defaults setting in the bios as well?
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    There is a little switch that controlls the FSB speed. it is defaulted to 100mhz and thus will not detect an athlon XP properly. make sure you are running it at 133. Also, i once had a computer boot with a checksum error and the cause was that i had the clear cmos and not clear cmos on the jumper confused. check that. i have heard some horror stories about gigabyte boards, but personally I love them. I built about 10 computers with them this summer, and my personal machine is using the same one that you have. good luck! i did have one come DOA, so if worst comes to worse just get a new one. one thing you will love is the boot time, i swear it POSTS in like 2sec.
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    I have tried the second bios, and even flashed a new one to the main bios...nothing

    it will post with either (or both) video cards in, but I still get that checksum error every time and go back to square one (clear CMOS it posts, fix checksum error and it wont post)

    I have tried failsafe, default, and optimal settings and still have the same damn problem GRRRRR!!!!
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    And you're sure you've got the settings correct for the cpu? THe checksum incorrect is the message you get when the cmos is empty, so its a normal error after you clear it. You didn't mention what cpu you were trying to use with it? And I'm not familiar with Gigabyte boards, but do they have (as was suggested) a jumper for the bus speed? (100/133) as well as possibly jumpers for setting the chipspeed or multiplier? Or is the board incorrectly identifying the cpu and trying to in essence overclock itself?
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    Its an Athlon XP 2000+, and I also have a 900MHz T-bird that I've been trying, too. The 2000+ has a 133(266)FSB, and the t-bird has a 100(200)FSB. There is a switch on the mobo to change the FSB from 100 to 133, and I have tried both settings with both chips and I still get the same friggin problem.

    I am expecting an ECS K7S5A and another XP 2000+ in today (for a freind), so I am going to see if my chip works on his board or if his chip works on my new board. That way I'll be able to narrow it down to the chip or the board.

    I think I'm gonna have to RMA the board......
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