The instructions in my motherboard's manual say the board comes with the factory settings set so that everything can fit right in and start working immediately.
When I first got my motherboard, I tried to make sure that all the factory settings are good. I went through the manual to look for jumper settings. I noticed that the CMOS jumper was on RESET. Figuring it was a mistake, I installed everything and and put the jumper on DEFAULT. The PC wouldn't start up. I took it to a local computer guy, and he told me it's dead. Therefore, I sent in the motherboard for a replacement. When I got the next one, I put it into my PC and, again, found that it would not start. Once again, I had to change the CMOS jumper. At the time, I figured there was no connection between the motherboard's inability to start and its strange CMOS jumper.
After scouring the net, I found that the majority of the people who reviewed the AK32E is basically a group of intermediate comptuer builders. Also, I read that putting the CMOS jumper to the RESET setting would make fans spin. After careful deliberation, I put in a Duron 800, 256MBs of PC-133 ram, and a PCI video card. Then, I put the CMOS jumper to RESET. Lo and behold, the freakin' thing started up! I was extremely happy. I jumped up and down and screamed for joy. Then, I set my own settings and shut off the motherboard. After some time, I fired up the system again. I found, to my surprise, that keeping the CMOS jumper on RESET had not changed the settings back to default. I set up everything and installed Windows XP. Everything works very well.
I'm just interested in why the CMOS thing does what it does.
So far, I've only had the problem of not being able to use the DIMM slot closest to the CPU socket. While having ram there at any time at all, the motherboard would just restart at random times. I put a 512 stick into the other slot and never had any other problems again. Does the CMOS jumper have anything to do with this? Don't worry about the slot; I have a 3-year warranty and 2 DDR DIMM sockets in case I want to do something better. By the way, the memory is set to CL3.
Do you see any problems? Do you have any suggestions? Why can't I find another AK32E to purchase? I don't want to buy another one, but I'm guessing that I can't find any more because all the people who've bought them have lost their minds.