Anyone have experience with an s939 ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe or Premium? I came across an abandoned complete unit : Athlon64 3200+ 2x512KVR ddr400 matched kit MSI HD4350 512MB (HDMI) 160 GB Samsung SATA-I HDD (mfd 02/2005) Zalman CNPS7000C-ALCU CPU Cooler chipset cooler replaced with a Zalman passive new Modecom Premium 400W PSU LG DVD-RW Nexus Breeze case
Got it for a couple of bucks.
BIOS chip stated original factory BIOS v1002, 2004/11/26 At some point had been updated to v1006, 2005/03/08
CMOS battery was of course flat, replaced it. Fired it up today, BIOS was acting very strange, showed CPU @ 3802 MHz!! Tried clearing CMOS a few times and it took, CPU showed 2000MHz as it should. POST failures or freezes randomly. Updated BIOS to v1805, 2007/07/04, latest on ASUS site.
To go further, tried installing W7 32, did not take, HDD started to tick hard. Ah well, guess the hard disk is no good anymore anyway.
Again severe POSTing problem or it would freeze in BIOS. Had a few attempts with canned air to clean the motherboard as it had collected some amount of dust around some components. All caps look good on visual inspection. Tried the RAM in all combinations, would still freeze randomly or not POST at all.
Took a spare Athlon64 3400+ I had in my collection and put that one in.
Now the POST & freeze problems seemed be gone. Another HDD in place and the Win7 install took. Hard to believe the CPU had suffered that much in past that it would show this kind of behavior, but guess it is possible?
Yes please, like to try those. The stock BIOS seem a bit limited in options. Guess the Premium will have more. Re to what I wrote earlier about the weird A64 3200+, in PC health it did not show any values for voltages(disabled etc.) tab menu showed some default value. Now with A64 3400+ the values are there and actually show some real-time values. I will try the A64 3200+ in another board, but I guess the CPU is toast(1st time I have seen this on s939). Left the unit running over-night, doing its updates, still running good.
After some more testing of the board, seem the freezing issue is not over yet. Perhaps the A64 3200+ is OK after all.
It tends to freeze even at stock/default settings while running in the OS. When it freezes, manually power down/up often results in no POST.
OS installs (Win&Linux) succeed without hiccups.
Need to flip power&drain a couple of times, then it comes to life. Will need to gut the system, clean&inspect the board. Chances are it has some failed component or cap. Not sure I will do any recap though, no cap visibly bulged.
Scotty sent me a couple of BIOS, have not tried them yet. Thanks Scotty!
Well, I think the A8N SLI Deluxe is shot. I went through everything while doing a cardboard build. Changed CPU, RAM, PSU, VGA-PCI & PCI-e, HDD, kept on freezing, mostly it made to the OS, then stop. When it locked up, would not POST again until drained+reset. Same with Win7 32b & Linux. Went over the board with a magnifier, could not see any damage. Perhaps if swapping out some of the caps might get it going but it is a blind shot.
Well, at least got an A64 3200+, 2x1GB DDR400, a HD4350/512M and nearly unused PSU, Zalman cooler+pHSF. The Nexus breeze case is too bulky for my taste, but has a good case fan. DVD drive, who uses those nowadays? The Samsung 160GB HDD is trash.
ShrimpBrime: Yeah, you guys are probably right. I'm gonna do that. For the time being I tried the Razor Viper 8K2. It's smooth and all that, but it's smaller. It lacks features. Mamba it is!!!
Aug 9, 2022 16:46:01 GMT -5
austin86: I like the old MS intellimouse. But it sounds like you need to find anther Razor mamba.
Aug 9, 2022 12:24:30 GMT -5
zila1: If you liked that mouse that much another type or brand may not suit you. If you can find another one, I would get it. Maybe two more if you can swing it and put one away.
Aug 7, 2022 20:05:58 GMT -5
ShrimpBrime: Any suggestions, or should I just get another of the same mouse? I did get a lot of years from it....
Aug 7, 2022 17:51:51 GMT -5
ShrimpBrime: I dislike my new mouse. Need suggestions. Was spoiled for a long time with a Razor mamba tournament edition. The mouse wheel has 4 buttons on it's own, I liked the side to side page scroll feature it had. The lazer wigz out occasionally.
Aug 7, 2022 17:50:46 GMT -5
antinomy: So if you lack of sex, VIA's here to help you
Aug 6, 2022 18:15:01 GMT -5
antinomy: Nano has twice performance for same clocks against the older C7. But compatibility is a bitch. Bench(f**n)mate won't run on it, W10 didn't run too (maybe there is some build that will), some benchmarks are finicky about VIAs.
Aug 6, 2022 18:14:45 GMT -5
antinomy: The architecture has changed a few times. C3 is like the stone age. Superseeded by C7. Don't remember about IPC but the bus changed from P6 arch (Pentium 2/3) to quad-pumped (Pentium 4/Core2). Then it has been replaced by Isaiah architecture (VIA Nano).
Aug 6, 2022 18:12:45 GMT -5
austin86: yeah the c3 was a slow chip, some of the zhaoxin CPUs use VIA architecture too.
Aug 4, 2022 11:28:46 GMT -5