kt600-a doesn't see kdb, doesn't try to boot

Discussion in 'ECS' started by Charlie, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    I got one of the Fry's specials (KT600-A + Sempron 2400+).

    The video card works, so I can see things that don't work:

    The m/b doesn't see the kbd (none of: del, ctrl-alt-del,
    ctrl-alt-esc, f1, f2, f8 have any effect) and so can't enter the bios
    setup screen. This is a known-good kbd.

    The m/b also doesn't see any IDE devices, so won't boot.

    It misidentifies the Sempron 2400+ as an Athlon 1000/1500/1666/2000
    depending on JP8+JP9 setting. I think this is because the bios is old
    (1.0D, 12/24/03) and would be fixed by 1.2C if I could get the thing to

    It correctly ID's an Athlon 700 I have.

    It beeps if I have no RAM or bad RAM.

    I've checked the p.s. voltages, all are ok (there's a typo in the
    kt600-a booklet: it says pin 18 should be +5 V, but in fact pin 18 s.b.
    -5 V , and is). It's an Antec SL300S .

    I'm on my 3rd copy of kt600-a. All three have had these symptoms.

    I've tried contacting ECS support, no response. Has anyone ever
    gotten a case number or a reply from ?

    Ideas ?

    TIA & regards,
    Charlie, Jan 12, 2005
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  2. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    just as I pressed "Send", an email arrive from ecsusa.com, bearing a
    case number. That works out to 4 days for initial response.

    Charlie, Jan 12, 2005
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  3. Charlie

    PJx Guest

    Cleared the cmos?
    PJx, Jan 12, 2005
  4. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    I forgot to mention that, but yes I did clear the CMOS.

    Charlie, Jan 12, 2005
  5. Charlie

    PJx Guest

    And is the keyboard a ps2 keyboard and NOT a usb keyboard. Those
    often don't work.
    PJx, Jan 13, 2005
  6. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    right, PS2 kbd.

    I briefly considered trying a USB kbd, but didn't have one handy (and
    didn't have much hope for it anyway).

    BTW I heard back from the ECS support technician; they wrote:

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    1. You must used PC2700 memory when you used FSB 333 CPU.

    2 . You need set CPU jumper as 166MHZ.

    3. You may need update BIOS if you have this board more then 6 months.

    (did, did, right) but didn't mention how to get it to see the kbd or IDE
    Charlie, Jan 13, 2005
  7. Charlie

    PJx Guest

    I'd try one. It may fix the problem.

    PJx, Jan 14, 2005
  8. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    Hi -
    I did try a known-good USB keyboard on this, no luck.

    I cleared the CMOS just in case.

    I ended up trying 4 copies of this board before I gave up. The last one
    had a newer BIOS, but had the same behavior as the first three:

    video works, CPU is recognized, RAM is recognized.
    USB & PS/2 keyboards not seen, known-good IDE devices not seen.

    BTW I used a KT600-A to upgrade another machine last year, and it's been

    I ended up returning this board+CPU and getting the Fry's $40 PcChips
    M811LU + Duron 1600 , which worked fine (the CPU is ID'd as a 1900+),
    though the "clear CMOS" jumper was set, so for a second I thought
    "another bad board".

    Charlie, Jan 31, 2005
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