First post, by Maraakate
A thread recently talking about some of the best BX440 boards brought up the Asus P3B-F. I never had this board before and really wanted to get a Slot 1 board that supported the later P3s. It took a lot of fooling around to get it to not crash from DMA in games as soon as a sound sample was played. Not 100% sure how I resolved this issue. I also had a lot of general instability until I upgraded to the final bios revision on asus' website.
In any case, every time I start up the PC it complains about the hardware monitor and I should check it out. So I did and it always says the negative 5 volt rail is at negative 6 volts. Is this OK? Everything seems to be running OK now. Is there a probe point I can test somewhere to see if it really is negative 6?
To be fair, I bought this relatively cheap PSU a while ago: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?It … N82E16817170016. It had -5V and I heard some older ISA stuff wanted it and this was the only new PSU I could find that had this ability. I know it's probably not a true 480 watt PSU, but I was OK with that since I'm only using a GUS, Voodoo 3 AGP, and a NIC. The CPU is a P3 800mhz/100 FSB and I have 512MB RAM. So I don't think I'm overloading it. I tried putting a P2 400 in there to see if the voltage level changed and it didn't.