I had a bit of a scare just now. I thought I had made such an important
discovery, but I may have pushed things too far...
Ok, so I did 3 things. 1) I pulled out the power supply in my system, and lo
and behold, a 235W A-Open power supply!
So that immediately
became the suspect hardware to be changed. I pulled a 300W supply from
another PC that I have in my home network. 2) At the same time I swapped
an ATI Radeon 9500 Pro (high performance) vid card for the ATI 9000 that was
in there before. And lastly 3) I made sure my MB jumper was set to 133Mhz,
and not to 100Mhz. The result looked great - at first.
Jumping into Bios I went straight for the target - I set the FSB to 166 and the
multiplier to 11X, giving me a 1.8Gig clock. And it came up! So I decided to
jump up to a fairly high muliplier. 166X15 for a 2.5Gig clock, no luck here. The
bootup screen gave me an error message. The CPU clock ratio resulted in a
failure, and it forced me back to Bios GUI. So I tried 166X14(2.3GHz) and then
166X13(2.16GHz). The results were:166X 15 =2.5GHz
Bios Failed - forces change166X 14 =2.3GHz
Succeeds, but my Win2k crashes to a
Blue Fatal Exception screen every time166X 13 =2.16GHz
Succeeds and Win2k loads ok but there is
noticible off and on freezing at the desktop
At this point, I'm very happy that I'm up and running over the 2GHz mark, and
I decide to try out a graphics intensive game. Here's where the scare came. The
game locked shortly after going in. No CTRL-ALT-DLT available so go to a hard
reset. No hard reset. Notice the hard drive LED is on, not moving. Power button
is useless also. Uh oh. Pull the power cable. Re-insert the power cable. No signal
to the monitor. Yipes. Repeat, no signal. Reset the CMOS with jumper, apply
power, no signal to the monitor. (Beads of sweat forming)
min, keep trying, finally a signal to the monitor. (Thanks the lord his new ATI
Graphics card is not fried). Bios comes up showing a CPU temp of 1 degree and
reports several errors. I think they were: Display switch is not set properly! and
CMOS battery failed! Maybe one other can't remember. Then back into Bios
and set the FSB and multiplier to 166X 11 for 1.8GHz. Win2k loads ok and more
or less back to normal
, but you know, even while writing this long post
I'm still seeing the occasional delayed response between keystrokes and the
display of characters on the screen. I'm gonna go into Star Wars and AC2 since
they're the real tests of the system performance. I'll see if things are still the
same using the new supply and video card. But I'm a little nervous to play with
high clock settings for the moment. I'm also now wondering if I may need to
reinstall my Win2k after putting all this new hardware in. I hate to do it since I
have it all the way I like it, but I've had several people say I should. So maybe
tomorrow at lunch I'll just do it and get it over with to eliminate that variable.
What do you think? Can Win2k remember old hardware and thus, need to be
re-tuned to the new faster CPU and motherboard/memory ?
Settling down a bit now...