Your opinion please - "What is wrong with my computer?"

Discussion in 'Asus' started by bobjones, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. bobjones

    bobjones Guest

    Mobo - Asus P4800 - bios v 16
    CPU - Intel P4 2.8 Ghz prescott 1mb L2cache.
    Memory - DDR 333 - 1024 Megs
    OS System: - Windows XP Pro

    About two weeks ago the system just seemed to hang, so after a couple of
    minutes and severl "ctrl-alt-delete's" nothing happend so I shut the system
    off (had to use the power switch on the back).
    Turned the system back on and then...nothing.

    The computer would not beep and go into POST; the monitor just displayed a
    bouncing RGB box and no matter how long I left it like this or how many
    times I tried to restart, - the same result. I tried starting with the
    Windows CD in the cd drive and/or a boot disk in the floppy drive but to no

    Since then I tested the video card and hard drive in my other computer - all
    work fine in this machine.

    I have replaced the bios chip - made no difference.

    I have replaced the ribbon cable to the hard drive - made no difference.

    As a side note, part of the bios set up with this mobo you can overclock the
    chip by increments of 10%, 20% or 30%. I was running it at a 20% rate.
    Can P4 chips get fried by an overclocking of 20% and if so how do you test
    that this is the case?

    Any thoughts or suggestions as to what might be wrong here?

    bobjones, Aug 27, 2004
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    Jeff Givens Guest

    First guess is power supply.
    JG... Jeff Givens

    "My hovercraft is full of eels."
    Jeff Givens, Aug 27, 2004
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    JBM Guest

    Over clocking by any amount could kill a CPU.
    First thing I would try clearing the CMOS.

    Jim M
    JBM, Aug 27, 2004
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    Phil Guest

    This is exactly what happened when my 2800+ chip fried on my A7N8X-X. No
    overclocking, no overheating.
    When I took the heatsink off and turned the chip over it was obvious the
    chip had blown itself to hell internally, so got a refund under warranty
    (dabs only took 11 weeks to do this...) and got a new 3000+.
    All other components seemed to be fine, but I replaced the generic PSU with
    an Antec one just to be sure.
    Phil, Aug 27, 2004
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    Dave Hines Guest

    Remove all unnecessary peripherals, CD-ROM, floppy, case fans, IO cards.
    Try booting with boot drive , memory chip, video card and CPU/wfan.
    Nothing? remove the CPU and boot - see if post detects missing CPU. If
    it does - MB is probably OK. If post does not detect missing CPU -
    replace CPU. If no post - start replacing/swapping parts. PSU, MB and
    then CPU - one at a time. Doesn't sound good. AND it doesn't sound like
    you'll be OC'ing a Hot running Prescott @20% any more.

    Good luck.
    Dave - N2LAK
    Dave Hines, Aug 29, 2004
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