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- Friday, April 13th, 2001 Like Share


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Mel Gibson Apr 13, 01
Low on cash & some luck would help too. I've gone thru "HELL" with this M/B. AMD do not have this M/B on there list and I know why :.-(
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dgrant Apr 16, 01
What kind of problems have you had?
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Mel Gibson Apr 20, 01
My first problem was that the 900MHz chip was overheating and it wasn't hot but in fire. I changed M/B and replacement give me a "NO KEYBOARD" error message. Guess what? "The PS/2 pins connector to M/B didn't have solder".
Has time passed, I've got the same message and end up buying a USB keyboard, which works. My system is working under very careful tuning & installations’ settings for optimum performance. I had to “twick” BIOS to it's minimum detail.
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dgrant Apr 20, 01
The overheating problem would be caused by in adequate cooling, not anything to do with the mobo.

As for the bad soldering job, manufacturing glitches do happen, but I have no idea how Soyo compares in this regard to other companies.

Why the need for the careful tweaking?
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Mel Gibson Apr 21, 01
Soyo M/B suck's, if I was U, I'll stop giving or publishing this product. This M/B make U look bad, don't spend your wheels. This will be the last Soyo M/B for me! There's better M/B's out there for the same and better prices.

About the inadequate cooling, my system 3 case fans, 1 Turbo case fan 1 CPU "Dual" fan with very good heat sink.
-Do I need an Air Conditioner for this M/B?

Like I told U, my first purchased M/B had the "Heat" problem and hanging up. The problem with this replacement is the poor workmanship or quality of these "Soyo" M/B's.

If someone whats a piece of advise, DON'T BUY IT, IT SUCKS!!

I have already placed an order for a new M/B, it's an "ASUS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God Bless U all!
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europanorama May 22, 01
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Soyo M/B suck's, if I was U, I'll stop giving or publishing this product. This M/B make U look bad, don't spend your wheels. This will be the last Soyo M/B for me! There's better M/B's out there for the same and better prices.

About the inadequate cooling, my system 3 case fans, 1 Turbo case fan 1 CPU "Dual" fan with very good heat sink.
-Do I need an Air Conditioner for this M/B?

Like I told U, my first purchased M/B had the "Heat" problem and hanging up. The problem with this replacement is the poor workmanship or quality of these "Soyo" M/B's.

If someone whats a piece of advise, DON'T BUY IT, IT SUCKS!!

I have already placed an order for a new M/B, it's an "ASUS"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God Bless U all!
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i thank you very much for your statement. i had this M/B on my wanted list... i wanted to make a powerful raid-pc with external raid-controller-card. -against excessive cooling problems you need a refrigerator! the vapohill. this is true. see vapohill.com - asus reacted strangly when pc-experts critizized that they would not care about standards.

does anyone have a good tip for a good-raid-pc(external raid-not integrated) with athlon maybe ddr-ram(prices have the same level like sdram). thanks. europanorama
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Mel Gibson May 22, 01
Hi, congratulations for your research on Soyo M/B's!
I'm also dissapointed with AMD's chips, I have all my life have been using AMD's chips. The time has come to change to "Pentium" chips.

I'm a "Gammer" & "Industrial" PC user. I don't have much experience on "RAID's", but why go external and not internal with nice removable Hard Drives? I think that things in a compact manner save lots of room! And the smaller the better!
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dgrant May 23, 01
Why are you disappointed with AMD chips? They are better now then ever.

If you have been using AMD chips for a long time then you know that the K6 couldn't even keep up with the Pentium. The K7 now well out perform the Pentium in most areas (including the early P4s).
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Mel Gibson May 23, 01
Hi again, I wish my English is good enough to understand.
Well, to make a short story short. I have notice lately that AMD chip’s are highly effected by heat, specially on Athlon’s higher than 800MHz chips. And if U live in a Tropical country like I do, U need to get very good cooling devices. I have also noticed that Pentium chip don’t have this problem, but still not any M/B match with this Pentium chips. Chip Set is also my major concern, and Intel really matches their chips to the last Bit. Just in case, I’m not related to Intel in any way! But I am looking forward to get my hands on a good P4 chip & M/B. This will happen as soon as I can.

The Intel company closed were I am from :.-(

So going back to RAID, are U still going external? And why? I’m getting started with Networks and have not seen that many external configurations. With the H/D removable devices, I think it’s more easy? Please correct me if I am wrong!!
God Bless U and your family!
Mel

P. S.: Just in case I am from a beautiful island call, Puerto Rico!!!!!!!!!!!!
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electro Jul 10, 01
The fan on the southbridge chip fell off after about 3 hours use. I stuck it back on, it felt firm but fell off after another 3 hours
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dgrant Jul 11, 01
I wasn't aware any of these boards -- or any other boards -- shipped with fans on the southbridge. If you had a company build your system for you, it's possible that they put it on (all though I don't know why they would). If that's the case then it is their fault and not Soyo's (or the board's).
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velocide Jul 12, 01
My K7VTA-B with 900mhz Athlon (not overclocked) crashes at least once a day (just freezes, no error messages or anything) - usually while playing MP3's &/or scrolling through websites. Used to crash more often before I added a case fan & dumped Win2000 (went back to W98SE). Mine is one of the early boards that has a green heatsink but no fan on the Northbridge. Unfortunately I also have a Soundblaster Live + 5.1 installed which I finally figured out was causing a lot of the trouble under Win2000. Question now is, is that Soundblaster still a problem with this chipset under W98 too, or do I have to add a fan to the Northbridge, or does anybody have any other ideas about it? (I have all the latest drivers installed for everything.) Is anybody getting reliable performance from these boards WITHOUT the fan on the Northbridge under any configuration?
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Mel Gibson Jul 12, 01
My friend, chances are that those dam VIA chip set can't handle an "IRQ's" properly. Try playing with configurations(Address, DMA's; etc.) your S/B's card is good(they know what sound should be!).

I had a similar situation and play with "msconfig", try that and start eliminating thing's that might be the problem.

God Bless!!
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europanorama Jul 13, 01
my dear friends. did you hear from the via southbridge 686B problem? some clever german freaks examined some problems which occur on some of the the boards with the kt133a-chip which contains the 686b-southbridge. via confessed this totally and there are bios-fixes around. at via-cyrix and the motherboard-manufacturers-site. what is wrong?
1. when huge data flows very quick from controller 2 to controller 1(e.g. cd to harddisk or second to first harddisk, if both are master on each channel. there are usb-problems and problems with the soundblaster-live-sound-card.
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