New motherboard, CPU and Ram installed: Now, heavy motherboard traffic results in a frozen computer... Solution?!
Posted on 2004-10-30
I've recently bought a new motherboard, CPU and RAM to upgrade my old computer a bit before buying a new uber one. I still had quite a new videocard so I used that instead of the more expensive and less effective Mobo with video on-board. I also used one of my old HDs (which I formatted), and my old CD and floppy drives.
- Mobo: ASRock K7VT4A+ (FSB 333mhz, says it supports DDR400, everything on-board except videocard)
- Processor: AMD Sempron 2500+ (1750mhz, 256kb cache, boxed)
- Ram: DDR400 (512MB)
- Videocard: ASUS V9520 Magic (GeForce Fx 5200, 128MB)
Now, the first thing I noticed was that the clockspeed of the motherboard was only set at 100 (while it should be the promised 166, corresponding with FSB 333mhz), resulting in only a low processor speed of 1050mhz. However, I neglected that for the time being and just installed everything (Windows 98, drivers, etc), and everything worked fine.
Next plan was to increase the clockspeed (by changing the FSB select jumpers). Checking the Bios, I saw that I had succeeded in this, as it said the clock speed was 166mhz, and the processor 1750mhz. Yay!
In windows, everything seemed to work fine, until I tried to visit some website through internet explorer (please note that opening files from my own HD through IE worked fine!). The computer just froze.
Being tired of this crashing computer I put the clockspeed back to 100mhz and it all worked fine again. Next thing I installed was some game (Age of Mythology + The Titans, in case it matters), and I noticed that after playing it some time, the computer froze just like it did with the higher clockspeed combined with internet.
My theory is that intensive traffic through the motherboard results in a frozen computer, wether it's low processor speed combined with heavy video card usage (during the game), or high processor speed combined with something relatively simple like using the network adapter (for internet).
Any ideas on how to solve this?
Many thanks in advance!