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Old Apr 14, 2001, 04:38 AM   #1
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I own a p3 550 setup now and it works great but I want to build a new one. I just finished helping a friend build up an 800 DURON computer and was very impressed with it.he had no video problems with it as he used a VOODOO 4. I am going to use my RADEON 32 DDR WITH IT- Whats involved in getting it going on the VIA chipset. THX
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Old Apr 14, 2001, 06:56 AM   #2
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hey man.. u into Ocing?. get a duron 700 or 750 they OC much better than 800s i see people get 750s to 1333. but u should run it. why not get a ddr system?. ok maybe not... but with a via chipset i havent had 1 problem. im running a duron [email protected]
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Old Apr 14, 2001, 10:13 AM   #3
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There really arent many issues with a Radeon & VIA combination - the only problems were with older KX133 VIA chipped boards, but they arent sold any more.

Get somthing like an Abit or Asus board, use the latest 4 in 1 drivers / Radeon drivers, and you should be fine
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Old Apr 14, 2001, 11:17 AM   #4
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If I was building a new system these are the two mobo's that would be my final choices:

http://www.asus.com/products/Motherb...266/index.html

http://www.asus.com/products/Motherb...133/index.html

I own an Abit KT-7 RAID but my next mobo will be an Asus, they are still the best for stability and quality. The Abit KT7A-RAID is a nice mobo as well, that would be my third choice.

All in all I think the best mobo is the A7M266, yea I realize the AMD chipset is hardly popular and more expensive but it is worth it. The stability and speed are second to none.

Also check this mobo out, it has some interesting features like being able to use SDRAM or DDR SDRAM

http://www.asus.com/products/Motherb...266/index.html

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Old Apr 14, 2001, 12:00 PM   #5
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Save some cash and get an Epox. They're damned good overclockers. Also get a good hsf if you're gonna oc. I'm pretty sure that's why I can't get my rig to higher speeds.
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Old Apr 14, 2001, 02:10 PM   #6
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the main issue I have is the order in which you load drivers.Do you have to load via 4-1 drivers? Do you load them first? Is their a good alternative to a VIA based MOBO for an AMD cpu? I have read theads addressing these issues but cant seem to find them[search isn't working that well]. THX
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Barney: Here are some instructions that someone posted a while back here in the forums, that I have modified slightly. I have built 3 systems for some of my customers and all of them have been rock solid, following these directions to a "T".

*Disable AGP 4x in BIOS (Can try with it enabled, but if instability is present after driver install, disable this in BIOS)
*Started Win2K install
* Ran through the install of Win2K
* Immediately after the win2k install, install the following VIA drivers from ViaHardware: INF 1.02B, AGP405, NIRQ 1.3A. I did not reboot until after all 3 were installed.
* After this reboot, I installed the following Win2K HotFixes: Q260233 (ATA100 Support patch) & Q261606 (VIA chipset W2k AGP fix). Wait to reboot until the second one is installed.
* Installed the drivers for my SB Live 5.1 off of the CD (can use current set from the web as well) and rebooted.
* Installed the drivers and all utils off my ATI CD. The current CD is software release 1.07. Rebooted after this was done.
* Tested TV and DVD playback. Both worked fine
* Enabled DMA on CD-R and DVD drives and rebooted
* Tested TV and DVD playback. Both worked fine
* Installed Win2K SP1. Rebooted.
* Tested TV and DVD playback. Both worked fine
* Installed remaining compatibility updates, high encryption pack and rebooted.
* Tested TV and DVD playback. Both worked fine

(The following steps are optional, but are required if using CD release 1.07)
* Installed DX 8.0A and rebooted
* Tested TV and DVD playback. Both worked fine.
* Installed latest DirectX 8 driver from ATI CD and reboot.
* Tested TV and DVD playback. Both worked fine

Credit for the original post of this info goes to SFuller. I changed a couple of things in it, to suit the systems I was building at the time.

Hope this helps out!

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i've had very few issues with my setup, just don't get a SB-Live sound card, I had to change mine to a Game theater xp (Which is great, nuch better than a SB-Live). apart from the sound card my computer is top.
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Skynet,

I just switched from a KT7-RAID to an Asus K7M. My T-Bird is running at 1.5 in it & it is stable as a rock.

I absolutely love this mb & would recommend it very highly.
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Old Apr 17, 2001, 09:51 AM   #10
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have used both Abit KA7 and Asus A7V have yet to build a 266based system though however...the asus seems to be a more stable board for a home user..I put one in my dads computer and he has yet to have any problems (strange for a user like him) however if i were to buy I would get the Abit..softmenu III rules..then again both of those are expensive, someone mentioned epox, I havent used epox for an athlon based system but I've heard lots of good things about them. I have used epox previously on a socket 7 based system and it was great I loved that board.
epox also costs less then both asus and abit (at least where I'm from)
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