Question about Asrock K7S41GX Motherboard
Hi Mike, thanks for your previous assistance. I have now put a new motherboard, fan and heat sink in, together with a new PSU with a case fan, (to be on the safe side). However, I am still getting nothing on screen. The CPU is a AMD Athlon XP 2500+. When I felt the heat sink with the PC running it was barely luke warm, (I believe it should be pretty hot!), so I disconnected the fan to try and force the COP to be activated - nothing except a slight humming from the power on button. When I took the CPU out originally I noticed that there was a scorch mark underneath, (is this normal?). Anway I have ordered a refurbed CPU of the same spec to see where we go from here. I have set the FSB on the mobo to the correct setting (333 mhz). I have re-checked all of the wiring and it is as per the board diagram. The board was installed with an anti-static wrist strap so I know it should be OK. I have two memory sticks and have tried them independantly on the basis that both would have failed at the same time. The VGA card has not been instald yet as I wanted to try the on-board graphics first. I have also re-set the CMOS after removing the power lead and PnP items. Thanks once again.
Hi Eagleboy, the odds of two boards having the same problem are something way out there. The only constant is your case, memory & hard drive.
To answer your first question about the CPU being luke warm is (very good)! That is what it should be. Please plug the fan back in. (You said -" When I took the CPU out originally I noticed that there was a scorch mark underneath, (is this normal?)". Yes & No. Every CPU should have either thermal grease or a thermal sticker which helps pull the heat from the processor to the heatsink. Over time if the processor was running hot the thermal sticker most likely withered away which left a scorch mark on the heatsink. A thermal sticker (which is much less messy), is not as good as thermal grease. (My opinion).
Since this is a new board, now would be the perfect time to download the hard drive's utility tools. Find the name of your hard drive & S/N, go to the Mfg's web site & download their setup tools. If you have two hard drives unplug the data cable for the second drive. Create a bootable floppy disk or bootable CD & run the Mfg's diagnoses on the drive. Think back, you mentioned you had formatted your hard drive & the system ran fine. (For awhile).
This seems to be the single connection between the two boards.
It's always suggested to do a fresh install of windows when a new motherboard is installed. So check your hard drive Eagleboy, check it twice & setup once.
Below is the link for your new board. Bookmark it.
Good Luck! Check that drive.
Have more questions, feel free to ask.
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