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I am building a PC for a friend using older components and am having some strange problems. Using an MSI-6195 slot A board and an athlon 700MHz slot A processor the combination has caused me nothing but grief! I cant get an OS onto the system i have replaced the board once and its the same error - when booting from floppy it recognises the disk and "states starting windows 98" but will not go further and leaves an enter symbol in the place of the A prompt and crashes. The more fatel error which started occuring on the second board was there was a spade symbol next to the processor type and size when the bios recognises it, and spade symbols throughout the bios summary where it tells you which processor, pci gards, HDD etc you have. I take it the processor is not completely nackered otherwise the system would not boot but it does seem to be the root of the problem - any suggestions other than binning the processor and getting another??
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I would suspect memory, or a bad CPU, though it could be the board or video card too (helpful, huh?).  Have you tried resetting BIOS defaults or using the CLR_CMOS jumper?  Might need a BIOS update also from www.msi-computer.com
Is the CPU for sure a "true" K7 and not the "Thunderbird" in SlotA format?  There were some of these floating around, but hard to come by.  Most KX133 boards were not compatible with the "Thunderbird" CPU...

What speed do you have the memory set to and the FSB?

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Thanks a lot dogztar was the memory in the end! what a prat a feel, building computers for years and forgot to check the ram - or well know for next time

cheers mate
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ccserv:

Please click the "Accept Comment as Answer" link next to my first comment to close out the question so it doesn't show as being still active.

Thanks!

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