First post, by PeTTs0n
I just got myself a good deal on a Abit BX133-RAID, a 866MHz P3 (SL4CB) and a 256MB PC133 SDRAM stick - seller claims they were working fine when he tested them.
Along with an otherwise good config (Seasonic S12II 520W - good 3.3V and 5V rails on it, along with a Connect3D Radeon 9250), I get a working boot screen but can't get into the BIOS (XK revision currently). The only thing showing is a blue bar at the bottom of the screen when I try.
Tried resetting CMOS (seeing the battery was flat when I bought the package, I replaced the battery anyway) and running all DIP-switches set to 0 (for Soft Menu III setup). It seems to set it to a 433MHz by default when I boot, so I guess it'd be an easy fix in the BIOS settings... provided I can get into them.
The manual and archived product page state support for 133MHz bus CPUs, but seeing it's a 440BX board, maybe that's the issue? Got no 100MHz bus P3s to test with, sadly - only a few Tualatins. (1.2GHz and 1.4GHz)
Would I be better off just getting a 100MHz bus P3 first and try that?
I've seen one other thread here with the exact same issue, but it's 10 years old and I was wondering if there's any new input on this? (Didn't want to necro the old thread either.)
My board has the same crappy Jackcon caps all across the board (see below), but I see no visible bulging or leaking whatsoever.
11x 6.3V 1500µF 8x17mm* - Just above the CPU socket
4x 6.3V 1000µF 8x15mm* - Between the CPU and the AGP port
7x 10V 1000µF 8x15mm* - Surrounding the CPU socket and chipset, between it and AGP/DIMM/USB ports
7x 16V 100µF 6x10mm* - Spread out, between PCI slots, between ATX power and DIMM sockets, close to CMOS batt.
1x 25V 10µF miniscule :p - Next to Super I/O chip
Seeing how I haven't got the equipment or skill to recap a multi-layer PCB, it's gonna cost a bit to get it done, so I'd love to hear if anyone else has any suggestions as to what it could be?
Not keen on flashing the newest (modded or unmodded, picked up both) BIOS if there's a cap issue for risk of crash/misflash - but if that's a likely culprit, I could try.
Would love any input!
There are Panasonic FR replacement caps for pretty much all of them (bar the small ones, but I don't think I need to replace the 10µF at least, and I'm hesitating whether it'd be any idea replacing the 100µF ones too), and I might go for it anyway - but it'd really suck to get it back with new caps and the issue still there, so I'm open to other thoughts. 😀