About a year ago I put together the following PC:
ASUS A7A266 motherboard
AMD Athlon 1.2Ghz FSB200
512MB DDR RAM (PC2100)
The computer worked fine for several months... over time I started having trouble with the computer randomly shutting off (no power down--just off) and then restarting.
I have just now learned why this has been occuring...
The CPU and the RAM are not compatable. The CPU has front side bus speed of 200 and the RAM is PC2100 or 266. Apparently, I need to have DDR RAM that is PC1600 or 200.
Anyway, the simple solution was to purchase the correct DDR RAM. However, PC1600 RAM is very hard to find or rather expensive. Another solution was to purchase a new CPU with 266 FSB. The problem there is that my mother board says it supports CPUs at 1.2Ghz--can't find a AMD CPU that is under 1.6Ghz.
Ultimately, I will purchase the PC1600 DDR RAM, but I thought I would consult with experts before doing so...
Is there a way that I can limit my FSB to 200 on the CPU I am currently using? Through BIOS? I'm not at all familiar with changing BIOS settings or jumpers... so I don't want to "experiment" with the settings to see if I can get my CPU and RAM to work together.
Can someone tell me if it is possible to get my RAM and CPU to work nicely together and if so, how do I do that.
If not possible, I will just buy a new CPU or RAM.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.