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Old 08-07-2006, 12:14 AM
patrickantoun@gmail.com
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Default Athlon XP 2400+ into a ECS K7S5A motherboard?

hello everyone,

I have a computer with a K7S5A motherboard and an AMD Duron processor
running at a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 512MB of DDR ram. I originally
bought and built this computer about 5 years ago and i've never updated
the bios (this computer has always been running just fine). I also have
another computer available with an A7V333 motherboard and an Athlon XP
2400+ processor (this computer doesn't run so well and seems to crash
randomly even when not being used).

I'd like to know if i can simply place the Athlon XP processor into the
K7S5A motherboard (replacing the AMD Duron) or would I need to update
the bios and make some changes? I would like to do this so that i can
take advantage of the significantly larger L2 cache on the Athlon
processor (4 times larger than the Duron) and hopefully obtain a slight
improvement in performance.

I would also like to know if it's possible to damage anything on the
K7S5A motherboard by trying this processor swap......or will the worst
case scenario be that the computer simply won't boot up or be unstable
with the Athlon XP? and if the Athlon XP processor doesn't work out in
the K7S5A motherboard can I simply put the Duron processor back in
without any harm done?

thank you for your time and advice.

patrick


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Old 08-07-2006, 01:46 AM
larry moe 'n curly
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patrickantoun@gmail.com wrote:

> I have a computer with a K7S5A motherboard and an AMD Duron processor
> running at a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 512MB of DDR ram.
> I also have another computer available with an A7V333 motherboard
> and an Athlon XP 2400+ processor (this computer doesn't run so
> well and seems to crash randomly even when not being used).
>
> I'd like to know if i can simply place the Athlon XP processor into the
> K7S5A motherboard


It should work fine because I remember Fry's selling the K7S5A together
with the XP 2400+. Here's a forum dedicated specifically to K7S5A
mobos:

http://pub65.ezboard.com/bk7s5amotherboardforum

A big problem with the K7S5A mobos, especially those that aren't the
K7S5A Pro version, has been bad capacitors in the CPU voltage
regulator. Usually, but not always, the tops of any bad capacitors
will bulge slightly, but the repair is cheap if you do it yourself.
For photos of what bad caps look like and more information about this
problem, see www.badcaps.net.


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Old 08-07-2006, 03:02 PM
pck920@hotmail.com
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larry moe 'n curly wrote:
> patrickantoun@gmail.com wrote:
>
> > I have a computer with a K7S5A motherboard and an AMD Duron processor
> > running at a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 512MB of DDR ram.
> > I also have another computer available with an A7V333 motherboard
> > and an Athlon XP 2400+ processor (this computer doesn't run so
> > well and seems to crash randomly even when not being used).
> >
> > I'd like to know if i can simply place the Athlon XP processor into the
> > K7S5A motherboard

>
> It should work fine because I remember Fry's selling the K7S5A together
> with the XP 2400+. Here's a forum dedicated specifically to K7S5A
> mobos:
>
> http://pub65.ezboard.com/bk7s5amotherboardforum
>
> A big problem with the K7S5A mobos, especially those that aren't the
> K7S5A Pro version, has been bad capacitors in the CPU voltage
> regulator. Usually, but not always, the tops of any bad capacitors
> will bulge slightly, but the repair is cheap if you do it yourself.
> For photos of what bad caps look like and more information about this
> problem, see www.badcaps.net.


I never had luck with the A7V333
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Old 08-07-2006, 07:07 PM
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"larry moe 'n curly" <larrymoencurly@my-deja.com> wrote in message
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>
> patrickantoun@gmail.com wrote:
>
>> I have a computer with a K7S5A motherboard and an AMD Duron processor
>> running at a clock speed of 1.2GHz and 512MB of DDR ram.
>> I also have another computer available with an A7V333 motherboard
>> and an Athlon XP 2400+ processor (this computer doesn't run so
>> well and seems to crash randomly even when not being used).
>>
>> I'd like to know if i can simply place the Athlon XP processor into the
>> K7S5A motherboard

>
> It should work fine because I remember Fry's selling the K7S5A together
> with the XP 2400+. Here's a forum dedicated specifically to K7S5A
> mobos:
>
> http://pub65.ezboard.com/bk7s5amotherboardforum
>
> A big problem with the K7S5A mobos, especially those that aren't the
> K7S5A Pro version, has been bad capacitors in the CPU voltage
> regulator. Usually, but not always, the tops of any bad capacitors
> will bulge slightly, but the repair is cheap if you do it yourself.
> For photos of what bad caps look like and more information about this
> problem, see www.badcaps.net.
>


I'm kind of remembering that the k7s5a's top fsb was 266. Doesn't the Athlon
XP have a 333 fsb?



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Old 08-08-2006, 02:03 AM
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Jan Alter wrote:

> I'm kind of remembering that the k7s5a's top fsb was 266. Doesn't the Athlon
> XP have a 333 fsb?


I don't know if a 333 MHz FSB version was made, but I have an Athlon XP
1800+ made for 266 MHz FSB


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Old 08-08-2006, 07:26 AM
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Default Re: Athlon XP 2400+ into a ECS K7S5A motherboard?

larry moe 'n curly wrote:

> Jan Alter wrote:
>>I'm kind of remembering that the k7s5a's top fsb was 266. Doesn't the Athlon
>>XP have a 333 fsb?

> I don't know if a 333 MHz FSB version was made, but I have an Athlon XP
> 1800+ made for 266 MHz FSB
>

The AMD Athlon XP 2400+ on my MSI K7T Turbo2 motherboard has FSB 266MHz

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