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Thread: asus a7v333 more help!!!




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    just bought a7v333 and installed and get nothing, green light
    is on, cpu fan works, chassis fan comes on then goes off, ps
    fan works, little comp voice says "power on test failed" switch
    out memory modules, same prob, switch vid cards, same prob
    didnt switch cpu's (athlon xp 1900). Sent mobo back for testing
    they got it working with a duron chip, so they are sending it back
    any ideas when i get it back? thank you for your response. cpu is brand new out of box
    Fear da mullet!

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    Believe it or not I am having a very similar problem - "SYSTEM FAILED CPU TEST" from the ASUS voice POST reporter 10 seconds after I turn on the machine. I sent my board back to ASUS and they sent me a new one. Then the new one did the EXACT same thing. Then they told me that on the old board that I had sent back, there was nothing wrong with it after all.

    So then I thought it was my CPU, a brand new ATHLON XP 2000+ straight out of the box. So I ordered a new XP 1800+ so I could make sure. Lo and behold, the brand new 1800 did the same thing. I've changed out the power supply, video card, tried to boot with nothing but the CPU and HSF, everything.

    Well, I never did change out the RAM, and that's what the guy at ASUS is currently telling me is the problem. He says I am using substandard, unqualified RAM - OCZ PC3000 with copper heat spreaders. Even if it's sub-standard, which it's not for God's sake, the machine should at least POST, c'est non?

    Anyway, after switching out EVERYTHING, I finally switched out the damned MOTHERBOARD. Bought a new ABIT AT7 MAX. Installed it, dropped in the 1800+ and BINGO, boot a rama. Took out the 1800+, dropped in the 2000+ and double BINGO, she booted again. I applied my well-honed DEDUCTIVE reasoning at that point, and came to the conclusion, after careful deliberation, that the motherboard was the problem.

    The latest suggestion from tech support is to order some real RAM, some Mushkin or Corsair - a very economical and reasonable choice thought I. Oh, and not Crucial RAM, because that's not supported either and probably wouldn't work due to its own sub-standard quality (his words not mine). :smokin:

    I did get some unofficial, "under the radar" if you will (oh yes, Iwill thanks, no pun intended), feedback from their support team regarding the A7V333s abnormally high DIMM voltage settings, which are not adjustable. However, if one were to venture over to the Mushkin website, one might find a bit of detail on how to change this voltage with some jumpers on the board. This was discovered by some engineer fellows over at Muskin and has been offered as a potential solution to make my substandard RAM work. So, what I'm going to do when I get some time is install my substandard OCZ DDR and lower the voltage. Also, I am going to turn off the Voice POST reporter and use beep codes. This advice was also offered to me as a possible solution, and delivered with the sort of condescending tone that can only be projected by someone who is just not content with his own ***** size. :shoot3:

    BTW, this is the first computer i've ever built and these are the first two motherboards i've ever dealt with (i.e. held in my hands) and let me tell you something - the ABIT AT7 board is a WORK of ART - it's unbelievable. I found it to be so far superior to the ASUS that it's not even comparable. Not just because it WORKED, but it's just better, hands down. Fewer jumpers, better manual, better accessories, better BIOS, better RAID controller, same price or cheaper! The only add-on it requires is a video card. I am actually glad I've experienced this little debacle simply for the reason that I found the AT7. Couldn't be happier than I am with the ABIT.

    Feel free to shoot me a message with any questions. I am sure that I will catch some hell for this post. It's my first one. He he!

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    Same Problem Here MoBo Asus A7V333, XP1900+, 256 Samsung (recommended) DDR333Mhz, Found Out That I Had to Disable Jumperless Config. And Rearranged Jumpers, Computer Is Working Just Fine Now, But I Had A Long Night Watching My Pc Turn On And Instantly Off. Jumperless Configuration Is Very Wrong On This MoBo. But Once You Manually Configure Voltage, Cpu Clock, Etc. You Are On Speed Heaven.

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    yep, you are right about the jumperless config.

    also, beware of the CPU voltage jumpers because the first version of the manual has this totally wrong, and if you follow the manual that came in the box precisely, you are likely to electrocute your CPU. If I remember correctly, for jumperless operation for the CPU voltage, one is required to put all the "JEN" jumpers on pins 2 and 3, despite the fact that the manual says to use pins 1-2.

    The thing that ticks me off about this is that you can have all of this incredible engineering, and then just a complete lame-brain mistake like that.

    I should have come to the forums a long time ago. i'm fired up now. gonna go re-set all of my jumpers and get this ***** crankin yo.

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    well i just got a a7v333 and had no problems whatsoever but i have also seen this happen on other asus boards.the problem before was a lack of bios compliance with athlon xp processors.the board would boot with duron chips but not xp until bios was updated.:flames:

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    Thanks For The Tip Kevin, My PC Is Runing In Top Conditions, Got That Thermal Strip Off, And Replaced That With Thermal Paste, My Problems Are Gone, My MoBo Detected At Last My Processor And Adjusted Avery Thing Just Fine, No More POST Errors Or Turning Of The PC By Itself.


    The Tip Posted By Kevin Is The Key!!! IThe Thermal Paste Is The Culprit

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    who's kevin? thermal paste? am i in the right thread here? what am i missing? :?:

    as far as the BIOS, i am currently using v. 1006, straight from the factory. my first board had v. 1005 and did the same thing. haven't tried a manual BIOS update yet though. i don't think this would work for me anyway because i am never able to get any VGA signal or anything b/c everything halts with the sys failed CPU test message by the voice post reporter.

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    yea russianblue i think we are on the wrong thread...who is kevin and did he mention thermal paste? I am interested becuase i am buying a abit KX7-333r KT333.:)
    - Damien

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    GREAT article on the A7V333 on www.lostcircuits.com

    These guys are really good and go into depth analyzing some of the shortfalls of the board.

    http://www.lostcircuits.com/motherboard/asus_a7v333/

    Also check out Tom's Hardware. They've just done a round-up of 18 or so KT333 mobos. The A7V333 does not garner praise typical of ASUS products.

    Flaco, have you looked at the AT7, or are you sold on the KT7?

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    I agree the AT7 is a work of art...now you made me think...THANKS!:D what would you recommend out of the two?....is the AT7 a micro ATX?. I know it has LAN/Firewire..but i really have no use for that except maybe my cable modem (which is connected through USB right now). I dunno, have any suggestions?...i like the idea of having more PCI Slots but maybe if you help me weigh out the pros and cons i can make a decision on two great Motherboards (i think you would i agree on that last part :) ) Thx in advance (i'll be taking a look at that article.):thumb:
    - Damien

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