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Old 14th January, 2002, 12:40 AM
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VH6-1 Problems

Hello. So today my mobo died. When I was playing, everything was ok. A little bit later I could smell burning plastic or something similar, so I thought my mom was cooking something and didn't pay much attention. So then my computer restarts for no reason in the middle of the game, and doesn't post.

I shut it off. When I turn it on, everything goes ok, all fans spinning, then hard drive starts making regular cracking noises, and when usually I hear the speaker beep, just before that moment everything "freezes". The IDE led (the red light) doesn't even come on.

So do you think buying a new mobo would be the best choice?

btw, I know the ram, hdd, video are all good and working. The cpu... I'm hoping it does.
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Old 14th January, 2002, 02:05 AM
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I blew some "plugs"/"caps" (as my friend called them, forget their technical term) on my old VA6 board and had the same symptoms. The CPU should be fine, the type of failure you described is really something planned by the manufacturer so it doesn't damage the other components.

For motherboard recommendations, well that would depend on what you have and if you ever plan to upgrade. The VH6-2 and VH6T are still good, inexpensive boards. If you ever plan on using a tualatin, then the VH6T is a must.
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Old 14th January, 2002, 04:47 AM
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Thanks Pinky!

I wanted to upgrade to AMD a long time ago, and I think I'll do it now... I'm looking at MSI K7T266 PRO-R and Iwill KA266-R boards right now... They have most of the things I'm looking for, and sell for pretty cheap too.
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Old 14th January, 2002, 04:54 AM
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Please not the KA!!
I built one last year, the Ali chipset drivers were a nightmnare, major compatibility problems, performance for the DDR bites, and the board runs hot.

There are many better and cheaper boards out there.
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Old 14th January, 2002, 05:35 AM
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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
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