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November 24, 2005, 7:14 pm
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Not necessarily, ESD can burn out individual paths that
aren't critical to other subsystems. It's a PITA to
troubleshoot (practically unplausible for equipment and cost
No, disconnect AC to PSU then use the clear CMOS jumper on
the board or pull the battery for 10 minutes.
Sell it, or IF you think it's good (trust the seller) you
could consider getting a more modern motherboard that
supports it. For example, some slot 1 boards (assuming it's
slot 1 or is it socket 370?) had Via 694X, Apollo Pro
something-or-other (694 chipset is more reliable info to use
or the board model #), and would support high density
memory, and "maybe" newer features too.
I don't know whether your other system (Packard Bell)
uniqueness would be a problem or not, would need be checked
for standardization of power and motherboard, maybe software
too if you need ability to reload a factory software image
that relies on the bios identification as a Packard Bell
Anyway, it would be good to have access to other parts if
not another whole & compatible system to test each variable
(board & memory).
November 25, 2005, 10:53 am
Re: strange RAM problem
The PC seems to be working OK for a software point of view - infact its
got Linux installed on it (I use it as a webserver/server/router) so
that should be OK.
Thanks, some good info there - I should be able to get my hands on
another PC to try the memory out in and verify its integrity and I will
try the clear CMOS route too.
I am getting very tempted to just buy an new motherboard, CPU,
powersupply and memory and build a modernish system out of the
remainder of the parts of the old system (the disks and CD ROM etc in
it are pretty modern compared to the old PIII processor). Hopefully
can gain a few pounds back by selling my old memory on Ebay (provided
it is infact working!).
Thanks for the help.
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