Computer Dieing?

krashx6

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i recently formatted my harddrive, everything working fine. woke up a few days later and found my computer had shutdown. i tired to restart it but the BIOS would never come up. i reset the CMOS still the same thing. I booted it up like this a bunch more times till it finally made it to the BIOS. Usually after resetting my BIOS since the FSB is set back to default 100/100mhz the CPU reads as 1100mhz but it now says its 733mhz. When i attempt to change the FSB to 133/133mhz and i save settings and reboot no matter how many times i reboot my computer i cannot get to the BIOS again. So i reset my CMOS again and the problem persists. Any ideas ?
 

krashx6

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CPU -- AMD Athlon XP 1700+
RAM -- Crucial DDR 2100 256mb x2
MOBO -- ECS K7S5A
PSU -- 330W Enermax EG351P-V
HDD -- IBM 40gb IC35L040AVV07
GFX -- Gainward Geforce3 Ti500
 

sivart

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check the settings for the FSB, sounds like they are incorrect, and the exact problem described will happen when you don't choose the correct settings.

Try 133/100 100/133. That is what I have found on the many ECS boards I have used with an AMD chip.
 

krashx6

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ive ran it at 133/133 for the past 2 years. i have the same problem no matter what the FSB setting now tho. 100/133 and 100/100 and it will boot the BIOS on the 100th try. At 133/133 it never boots.
 

sivart

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Might also want to look at the capacitors on the motherboard, had this problem with my Dad's machine and it took us forever to figure out what was wrong.

http://www.motherboardrepair.com/

The most common symptoms of capacitor failure are:

1. Failure to boot .
2. Must attempt booting several times before machine will start.
3. Instability , especially when graphics are complex.
4. Machine boots with a pre-Coppermine Celeron but will not boot with a PIII Coppermine.
5. Bad odor wafts about the room and this time it wasn't you or the dog.
6. Bios health alarm (hi-low siren) at boot but PC health screen shows no reason for the alarm.
7. Fans spin up, power indicator lights up and nothing else happens
 

krashx6

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1, 2, 7 are symptoms i show but nothing like the rest. Gave the mobo a once over didnt notice any caps discolored or charred..
 

krashx6

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did that, no luck. removed anything that would take power besides the mobo (fans, cdroms, etc), still the same thing.
 

sivart

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try booting with just the motherboard, memory and video card. If that works, slowly add devices to the motherboard until it fails.
 

krashx6

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i did that too =/ ive made every possible swap under the sun and have taken anything out that isnt absoulutely necessary.