Fleezle – Rants R Us

Sigh…DOA motherboard

by on May.03, 2002, under Geek Out

So, I was going to upgrade my casual/gaming system, because the PIII motherboard was never all that stable. So I ordered a nice new Asus Athlon motherboard with 4 USB2 ports, 333Mhz DDR memory, etc. Wouldn’t you know it, the motherboard was DOA? Perhaps I’ve been lucky with all the systems I’ve built – I built a dual-Athlon MP server most recently with an Asus motherboard – but this is the first one that I had a defective part.

This board has a freakin’ speech chip and on-board audio – so when something fails in POST, it tells you. I heard “System failed CPU test” over and over. The CPU was installed correctly…I even took one of the CPUs out of the server and put it in – no joy. Sigh…I had to put the PIII innards back in…

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