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POST/Boot up problem

I have just tried to get this machine running which I've had stored for some time. I'm sure it was working before I stored it away. Anyway, the motherboard won't boot. Everything powers up but I get a blank screen. I get a number lock and scroll lock light on my keyboard come up, and after fiddling with the machine only the scroll lock comes up now. I have reset the cmos many times. I have tested it with different sticks of memory and vga cards. Since its a dual CPU motherboard, I have also tested both CPU's, I get the same problem whatever combination I've used. Any ideas what might be the problem? I suspect the CPU's have both bitten the dust but not sure how likely it is for both to go at the same time?

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  • Harpinder Sanghera Jul 03, 2007

    No I can't get to cmos or boot, It's just a blank screen with scroll lock light on Keyboard lighting up.

  • Harpinder Sanghera Jul 03, 2007

    I've tried that. I've had it completely stripped down and have used another mouse, keyboard and VGA card, still nothing on screen.

  • Harpinder Sanghera Jul 04, 2007

    I have tried using one cpu in the first socket, then in the second socket, i did the same thing for the second cpu. They're both 133FSB PIII coppermines, same voltage, same speed, same stepping, same FSB. I've tried 2 agp vga cards and 2 PCI cards all which work in my other systems and have used them in this machine in the past. I've tried two different power supplies.

    All these components that I've used on this motherboard used to work in the past.

  • Harpinder Sanghera Jul 04, 2007

    I've got 2 PIII 1GHZ CPU's coming in a few days so will test them out on this machine. Hopefully it will work. I'll let you know how it goes.


  • Anonymous Oct 14, 2008

    My problem is, it shows the first screen with bios version and scanning system but won't go to bios setup nor does it shows the HDD and CDROM on the scanning progress.. 


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Look at the caps on your vp6.any bulged/leaking?

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Use only 1 CPU in the first socket. Check the bus speed on the CPU's. If they are not the same clock or frequency (800mhz@133FSB for example) it will not work. If an AGP slot is available, try it for video first. Most MOBO's default the AGP slot, if not try the PCI next. You should have a 300watt power supply at least. This board is 133FSB and a PIII CPU at 100mhz FSB will not work. VIA chipsets can be flakes to some CPU's.

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So what your saying is, it DOES boot and you can get to the cmos setup, correct?

Posted on Jul 03, 2007

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  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2007

    View of advanced setup

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2007

    View of chip setup

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2007

    Unplug all the devices from the motherboard, floppy drive, hard drive, cd-rom, speaker cable, the ribbon cables going the the hard drive, floppy and cd-rom. Take out the modem. We just want to work with a bare minimum setup to get it the splash screen. If you don't have the manual, you can download it here:http://www.vp6-board.com/_public/VP6_Eng...
    Try another ,mouse, keyboard, and vga card again.

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2007

    Well shoot, I guess you solved your own problem. CPU's could be fryed. If you want to buy another CPU, you can get it on this site for $8.00 http://www.pricewatch.com/cpu/pentium_ii...
    And to think these things use to go for $400.00


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