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- Wednesday, May 15th, 2002 Like Share






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Eurisko May 17, 02
The review is great, but typical in lacking any testing for people that have something outside of a basic install.

The Soyo previous Soyo board had horrid problems with PCI Latency, issues if you had more than one SCSI card. Problems if you placed a SCSI card in any PCI slot other than slots 4 or 5, and the list goes on.
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Stoic Jul 4, 02
hi there. I'm having a major problem with this motherboard used in conjunction with the visiontek Ti4600 GeForce 4... I can't say that it is definitely the motherboard causing the problem, of course, but since this is the review I read that made me decide to buy this mb, I thought I'd start here.

I've got a 1.8GHz athlon xp processor, 1GB of DDR 2700 (mushkin) on the board, and have striped two 80GB harddrives. Everything seems to work great initially. I put windows 98se on the first partition on the machine (for gaming).. then i patched it via windows update, then proceeded to install video card driver from disk... rebooted.. on the windows 98 logo screen, about 1/2 way through, random colors run through the logo and freeze the whole system.. usually green, a little yellow and orange/red every once in a while.. when i reboot and go into safe mode and remove the drivers, everything is fine... in a crappy resolution.

i did not remove the shim in the agp slot as this card does not need it removed... one question - i notice the power point on the MB near the agp slot.. manual says its for agp pro cards.. should i try to put power to it? could that potentially harm anything?

things i've tried:
no IRQ conflicts, the card has IRQ 11 all to itself.
different drivers for graphics card (nvidia reference drivers & updated visiontek drivers)
updated bios
updated via 4-in-1 drivers
older via 4-in-1 drivers
OS reinstall both with and without security patches from MS

any suggestions you have would be VERY helpful. thanks

-Stoic
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hkwonton Jul 5, 02
How big is your power supply, maybe it isn't big enough?
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Stoic Jul 5, 02
it's a 430 watt PS, so no problem there. but thanks... if you come up with anything else, i'll be reading.
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Stoic Jul 5, 02
also, it's worth noting that as far as I can tell it's not a thermal issue... I used the PAL8045 heatsink kit with the Sunon 39 cfm 3-pin fan, and artic silver thermal compound. I set the bios to alarm if it reaches 60°C.

I am beginning to think there is some kind of problem with either the mobo itself or the gfx card itself, some kind of rare fluke.. I looked all over the net, but found nowhere where anyone else is having this similar problem.

My next troubleshooting step is to try my old ati rage fury pro card in this thing and see if it works. I'll keep you all apprised as to the situation.
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Stoic Jul 5, 02
Update:

I just put my old ati all-in-wonder 128 pro 32mb in the machine... it's working fine. I've checked a bunch of other sites that reviewed the motherboard, and the gfx card they used for benchmarking was the very same visiontek Ti4600 that I am having a problem with.

One question I still have -- the power point on the mobo just above the AGP slot.. the mobo manual, though it explains most things very thoroughly, only says one thing about this power point.. that it's for AGP Pro use. As far as I know, my new card that is not working doesn't use it... I want to put power to it just to test it out, so my question is this: Could putting power to it possibly damage my card? It seems like it is absolutely the only variable left, aside from the gfx card being bad.
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hkwonton Jul 6, 02
I don't think you need to plug power into the extra connector because I have about the same setup except I'm not using raid and I'm using a Ti4400. You don't need to remove the shim of course.
Have you tried reseating the video card? Or if all else fails, get a exchange for that card to get another Visiontek Ti4600 because maybe the card is defective. It's just a thought.
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SuperD Jul 6, 02
your vid card prob. seems like the same prob. I had with an ATI All-in-wonder. nothing could make it right except a new one!
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Stoic Jul 11, 02
I too have come to that conclusion and have aquired an RMA from the vendor I purchased it through. I didn't think it was a software problem, or a hardware problem that I had control over... but I didn't want to have it work perfectly and look like an idiot trying to get it exchanged. Thanks for all the suggestions.

I guess until I get my new new one, I'll put my old all in wonder 128 pro in this machine.. and stick my ati radeon 8500 (only 64mb) in the new box. I was getting 90 fps with a default Unreal Tournament install minus dynamic lighting and decals... I bet the radeon kicks ass...
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Jidice Sep 17, 02
Check this review out.

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/soyokt333/2.html

I think hat you are supposed to use an additional power lead with your card. If you have any doubt don't do it though.

ps is the board any good was thinking of getting it or the KT400
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rxm13 Sep 21, 02
I just put together my first computer. I completed all component installations as directed by each manufacturer. When I turn it on, I don't get any feed to my monitor. I have a ALL IN WONDER 8500DV installed. Any ideas to what the problem might be? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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BOCK! Oct 17, 02
Check your FSB and make sure it's all right. I have a problem with my mobo right now that when I set it to 133, it won't boot correctly (fans start, etc, but it won't get up and running). If it works at 100 but not 133... there's a bunch of things it could be. Make sure you used thermal grease. Make sure your mem module's good to run at 133. Make sure your FOC isn't shutting down the mobo. Make sure you've got enough power (that's my problem, my PSU's too wimpy). I'm sure there's more, but nothing off the top of my head.
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CySop Sep 27, 03
Hey, I've got the exact same issue with this board, only I've done even more troubleshooting, board replacing and I'm using a different vid board.

So heres my setup:
Two seperate drives, one with WinMe the other had Win2K, now WinXP (thought that might be issue). Dual boot.
Had a PNY Verto GeForce4 Ti 4400. Machine worked in beginning, now however in WinMe, machine wont boot with latest nVidia drivers and all. In 2k or XP, machine boots and works fine, but when you try to use any 3D app, including a simple screen saver, machine freezes.
Logs do not show anything.
Have rebuilt from scratch, nothing added on machine to cause issue, in fact, no other cards installed.
With old Riva TNT2 32MB card, works fine. I replaced the GF4 with a PNY GeForceFX 5200, same issue. Yet back with TNT2 works fine.
I have tried every conceivable combination of drivers for MoBo and video/sound cards. I have changed voltage settings as well, making sure everything is set correctly. Updated BIOS and tried every conceivable BIOS setting combination as well.
Nothing makes the newer cards work, but the old card works great (but slow).

Gonna go get an ATI card and try it, though Stoic appears to be having my issue with an ATI card. This appears to be some kinda issue with the AGP slot, might be some defect with some of the boards?
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CySop Oct 4, 03
OK, so here's what I did. Updated my 300W to a 400W power supply, appears on some other forums that this may be an issue. Also got an ATI 9200 (off topic; smaller card, with no fan, yet actually benchmarked a little faster, hmmm). Anyway, put the new power supply in first, with FX5200, still didn't work. Then I put in the ATI card, this card is working just fine. Now I have rebuilt both WinMe and WinXP drives, restored all my data and got everything setup the way I had it, except for my theme. Everything is working oh so good.
But none of it makes sense. Can't figure it out. Decided to stop trying. Here is the last deal; machine appeared to work with other newer cards for a little while, so we'll have to see in a month if this thing is still working. If so, either the power supply and/or card were the answer, who knows which.
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