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    syntax (pc chips) kt266 ebuyer board

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=51254

    which was only £23.50 - so seemed a good way to cheaply upgrade someone's broken computer.

    problem(s):

    1. blows 235w psu (sparks flying etc, not hard to do though, as i've seen this brand of psu do it before, old "hipro")

    2. will not stay on with another 300w psu "power master" weighs about the same as a feather.

    3. using another 230w(?) psu, it stays on, but the pc health status in bios, seems to sometimes be there, and sometimes the info is just not there. (unbranded, but looks like it's quite high quality)

    4. using duron1600, it doesn't recognise the CPU, apparently a bios update resolves this for duron1400 and below.

    so - do i have a faulty motherboard, or am i just asking too much from dodgy power supplys?

    all i have connected is a duron1600, 256mb, and a gfx card, and now hard drive, now that it's staying on with the 230w psu - so seems as though it'll work now with the 3rd psu... (will test more later today)

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    Putting in a cheap and underpowered PSU may have damaged the mobo or any part inside the PC, that could be what's causing you trouble now. The KT266 are very old chipsets now and most implimentations are not capable of working with the 0.13mu CPUs like the new Durons or practically all current AthlonXP (ie Tbred). They may not work with any AthlonXP, you'd need to check the mobo manu's website and would likely need the latest BIOS for decent support. Also check the gfx card as many KT266 used a 1.5v ONLY (ie not Universal AGP4x) AGP slot so anything older than a GF2 may give you problems.

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    Other people seem to be running Xp2400's fine in them. :/

    i'll try a diffrent gfx card later tonight - so far i've tried 2 ATI cards.

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    I ordered one of these BUT ...
    I got sent a PC chips 810lmr instead when i ordereedthis board! So I can't comment until i get it RMAd. Ebuyer says it has refered this decision to 'the managment'

    I am also pretty sure that PC Chips is a completly different company to Syntax. Do they know what they are doing over at ebuyer?

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    Originally posted by eru
    Do they know what they are doing over at ebuyer?
    Come on, I thought it was well known how they keep their prices cheap. PC Chips are known as by far the worst mobo manu but hey if it works it works. If you want cheap something 333FSB capable (eg KT400 or SiS746FX) is a much better buy and should come in cheap too since you can get a 400FSB nForce2 (albeit single channel) for under £40 new from Dabs.

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    • joshwa's system
      • Motherboard:
      • PC Chips M577 AT/ATX
      • CPU:
      • AMD K6-2 500Mhz
      • Memory:
      • 128mb PC100 SDRAM
      • Storage:
      • 8GB Fujitsu
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 AGP (16mb)
      • PSU:
      • ATX 500watt
      • Case:
      • Midi Tower AT
      • Operating System:
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    Originally posted by eru
    I ordered one of these BUT ...
    I got sent a PC chips 810lmr instead when i ordereedthis board! So I can't comment until i get it RMAd. Ebuyer says it has refered this decision to 'the managment'

    I am also pretty sure that PC Chips is a completly different company to Syntax. Do they know what they are doing over at ebuyer?
    i think syntax probably have a load of old stock, so pc chips bought it cheap - just guessing though - all over the packaging and manuals etc it's got syntax, and then on the box there is like 1 PC Chips stick stuck on to it

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    • joshwa's system
      • Motherboard:
      • PC Chips M577 AT/ATX
      • CPU:
      • AMD K6-2 500Mhz
      • Memory:
      • 128mb PC100 SDRAM
      • Storage:
      • 8GB Fujitsu
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3dfx Voodoo 3 3000 AGP (16mb)
      • PSU:
      • ATX 500watt
      • Case:
      • Midi Tower AT
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 98 SE
      • Monitor(s):
      • 22" TFT Widescreen
    i've replaced the graphics card (ATI), with another one (matrox), and using the 3rd power supply, everything is running perfectly now.

    hurrah.
    Last edited by joshwa; 06-11-2003 at 11:57 PM.

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