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i've got an Asus p3c-e MB (non-audio board) (no video either)

SAMSUNG 512MB Pc800 RAMBUS RDRAM/16 Ecc ( 2x256MB)
MR18R082GAN1-CK8

Intel PIII Slot-1 1Ghz CPU
1000/256/133/1.7V S1 SL4BS

Radeon 7000 PCI 64mb video card

90w ATX PS - from a gateway

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This MB supports the 1ghz processor with the bios update
however i cannot get to POST...and cant upgrade...

Do i need to use a slower processor to get it to POST...?
Is it simply not recognizing the PCI video...?
PS too small...?

If i power the front led stays solid Red...it appears other colors are in there...
haven't seen them lite up yet...

If i have a cd-rom or hard drive connected via IDE ... the HD or CD wll not power up...or do anything...if the IDE is disconnected...then the HD spins up and the CD opens...etc...

The floppy will come on and stay illuminated if connected by cable...

I tried the safe-mode jumper...
went to manual...and set the clock to 133/33 with the DIP...

What is my next step to get this system to POST or upgrade the bios...?

here's links to the asus download pages:
http://support.asus....SLanguage=en-us

here's direct link for the manual:
http://dlsvr03.asus....-e/p3ce-104.pdf

thanx

Edited by digitalcongo, 20 August 2005 - 01:50 AM.

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alright...

i've tried a known good more powerful PS...
i've tried a cpu that is compatible w/ the 1st release bios of this MB
i've tried an agp video card
CPU Fan does spin up...MB is not equipped with light for power state...

i've tried all the jumper-free and safe-mode jumper settings on this MB

the only thing left is the rdram compatibility...
or that the MB is dead...
anyone got words on why this known-good rdram might not work
i've tried each stick independently with the continuity stick in DIMM2

can anyone tell me why this RDRAM isn't compatible w/ my motherboard
so i can buy the correct RDRAM
PC800 is supposedly supported
are there different kinds of PC800 RDRAM...?
here's a datasheet
http://www.chipdig.c...R18R082GAN1.php

THANX FOR YOUR TIME

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Welcome to G2G

Thats a fairly unusual motherboard you have there - a slot 1 board that uses rimms.
The board does say it supports pc800 rimms & it sounds like you've installed it correctly. The only thing I did notice in the manual, is that the agp slot is AGP PRO as opposed to standard agp. Have you used an agp pro video card?

Can you tell me exactly which cpu you are using & what the FSB & multiplier are set to?
Also, do you get any beeps at all from the system speaker?
Have you tried clearing the cmos?
Have you tried removing all drive cabling from the motherboard (hard drive/CD/floppy) & removing any pci cards as well?
Do the keyboard lights flash once just after powering the system on?
Does the screen come on at all?
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cpu is a 450mhz pIII - 450/512/100/2.0V - SL37C
set to jumper-free mode which should be automatic
did reset the cmos and tried removing the battery
the majority of all this testing was without any cables attached to mb from hd/cd/floppy
the agp card i tried is a newer nvidia fx5600 (no pci was installed)
but the pci radeon 7000 should work
and the results were all the same:

no post
no system beeps
no keyboard flash
black screen - no video at all

i have pretty much deemed this mb as burnt
the only winking saviour of thought is that the cpu fan spins up
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i also just tried no video card at all....
just to see if i could get a system beep or something...

nope...nada...zip
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You obviously know what you're doing and it sounds like you've tried just about everything, so I'm inclined to agree with you about the motherboard being the problem.

The only other thing you could try, if you haven't already done so, is to remove the motherboard from the case, place it on a pile of paper or cardboard & attempt to boot with minimal hardware again. This will eliminate the possibility of anything in the case shorting out the board. Its a long shot I know, but I can't think of anything else to try.
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thanx for stopping in...
i'm done playing around with this MB...
and it looks like i can build a 64 athlon board for the same price
on chiefvalue.com

time to get a refund
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