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Thread: having probs with athlon xp 2500+




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    (see specs of my comp in my sig)well, i used 2 have an athlon xp 1800+ till i got my 2500+ and changed it......then the problems came....now the cpu seems 2 be runnin at 50+% load full time(even when am not runnin anyfin or just booted the comp)and the vcore is at v1.6 don't know why.....as i never changed anything of that sort, and i don't seem 2 be able 2 flash my bios again(bios protection, never activated it). i don't see any processes that could be taking up the cpu nor i have any viruses or trojans as i've scanned my computer....also, my win xp has sp1a but it just doesn't seem 2 recognize more than 127gbs(my hdd has 160) i got the atapi.sys updated 2 lastest but it just doesn't, and its win xp pro retail. i don't surely think its my processor, i think its my motherboard, but i didn't know where else 2 put this.(yall should think of a general help area, for ppl with lots of probs)and all that is slowing down my games and overall performance. i didn't format my hdd after i changed the processor cause i though it didn't matter much, will that solve the problem?(formatting)
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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    Well my first reaction was to say, "take it all apart and put it back together again!" :D but then I saw that you didn't reformat your hard drive!! Are you attempting to use the hard drive from a previous system or prior to a motherboard change? I would strongly recommend reformatting the hard drive and setting up a clean install of WinXP to clear out all the cobwebs that will surely mess you up!

    I'm not a big fan of Windows so don't get me started but the longer you run it the more messed up it gets and periodic reinstallations are needed. There seems to be no easy way of maintaining Windows in a pristine state. It is pretty much a necessity to perform a clean install after a major system upgrade. Reformatting the hard drive is always a good idea when you do a clean install.

    A recommendation: Make a small, say 20-30 GB partition on your main drive for the installation of Windows and then install all your big apps on the remaining partition. Next time you need to reinstall Windows you will only need to reformat the smaller partition and the larger partion can be used to back up any important files. Or you could use a second physical drive for even better performance.
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, Athlon Barton 2500+ with SLK-800 and 4800rpm 80mm fan, ATi 9700Pro(AIW), Dual 256MB Corsair XMS 3200c. Seagate Barracuda SATA. 200MHz fsb with 11X multiplier, RAM latency: 2,2,2,5

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    Sorry, I just noticed the motherboard you are using can't support the 2500!!! :eek: :eek:

    check out giga's FAQ for this mobo here

    You need a new motherboard!!!!!

    The reason is your mobo only supports CPU FSB speeds up to 266MHz (133MHz x2) and the Barton runs at 333MHz (166MHz x2) so the problem will be the CPU running at a slower speed with a slower FSB.

    I strongly recommend you pick up a good NForce2 mobo. That's all you need. With that PC3200 RAM you will get great overclocking potential with that CPU and probably be able to run it all the way up to 400MHz FSB (actually 200MHz x2).

    One more thing, if you have only a single 512MB PC3200 module you will not get as good performance on a NForce2 mobo that you would if you had two matched pairs of PC3200 RAM so you may want to consider getting an extra RAM stick later also.

    After you finish setting up your new system refer to my previous post! ;)
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, Athlon Barton 2500+ with SLK-800 and 4800rpm 80mm fan, ATi 9700Pro(AIW), Dual 256MB Corsair XMS 3200c. Seagate Barracuda SATA. 200MHz fsb with 11X multiplier, RAM latency: 2,2,2,5

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    You MIGHT get lucky with a newer bios revision. But it dosn't say so on their site.
    3544mhz 295FSB
    2.4C P4C800-E
    KHXPC3200 234mhz
    22254 Ghettocooled
    22532 3DM01

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    newer bios makes it support barton cores, the board itself supports 333mhz as its KT400 chipset. and yes i would love 2 get me that asus a7n8x deluxe so i can overclock my processor. but oh well, for now i gotta stick to this board and have 2 format my hdd.
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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    Well if you can't set the FSB speed to the rated setting of 166MHz you won't fix it by reformatting the hard drive. You may fix the other problems though. A CPU will run fine below it's rated speed but it's like buying a new sports car and finding out the transmission won't go above 2nd gear.
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, Athlon Barton 2500+ with SLK-800 and 4800rpm 80mm fan, ATi 9700Pro(AIW), Dual 256MB Corsair XMS 3200c. Seagate Barracuda SATA. 200MHz fsb with 11X multiplier, RAM latency: 2,2,2,5

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    Have you checked the board for a jumper that would change the FSB.
    The ASUS boards have a jumper you need to change to get the different FSB.

    Chez

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    the fsb has been set at 333mhz or the numbers in my sig wouldn't say 1.85ghz
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOne™
    the fsb has been set at 333mhz or the numbers in my sig wouldn't say 1.85ghz
    Ok well then I'm not sure what your problem is. Sounds like everything is working fine. If you are having slowdowns anyway and all your hardware is in order it is probably your software.
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, Athlon Barton 2500+ with SLK-800 and 4800rpm 80mm fan, ATi 9700Pro(AIW), Dual 256MB Corsair XMS 3200c. Seagate Barracuda SATA. 200MHz fsb with 11X multiplier, RAM latency: 2,2,2,5

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    I am familiar with this motherboard.
    IT sounds to me like you need to go to their website and flash the BIOS. They have a feature called, LIVE update, and you can download it on screen in windows.
    Just don,t do it online.
    I have sucessfully fixed a problem similiar to that one before.
    It should work without you having to spend any more money.
    Follow the instructions carefully, and you will be fine.

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