Originally posted by Alexander
Please don't take this the wrong way, but the next time you get a new MB, you might wanna spend a little more and get a better quality board. I was doing a web search for issues related to that board, and there's lots....
You are right on target. As I said, I am a rank amatuer, but I have done 3 or 4 of these and have never before had this kind of trouble. The worst part of it is -- it is not even my computer! It all started out with me going to Frys to buy my daughter a new burner for her birthday. All that I looked at required a minimum of an 800 MHz CPU. She had a 700MHz. The next thing I know I decided the heck with the burner, she needed a faster CPU. So I bought this bargain basement combo CPU and Mother Board for $85. Of course I needed a new memory and a new CPU fan. And or course she was running windows ME so she needed Windows XP. Then I realized that I had two perfectly good 40GB HDs sitting around and she had one 20 GB. So I took all the data off the 20 GB HD and put that to one side for my grandson's computer. I finally got everything running like clockwork on my daughters old computer under XP, except the burner, wich I could no longer afford!
I then installed the new MB etc. and that is where I am now. My daughter has no computer and I am spending hours trying to get this running.
Like you, I found a lot of derog about this MB on the internet. My concern is that even if I get it running now, she is heading for trouble later. One thing I find particularly distressing is the lousy documentation and the lack of support on the Mainboard. There is no phone number, web site, street address or e-mail address. I can't even figure out the country where it was made. It also appears that this same motherboard is licensed to be made by a number of different manufacturers. The only brand name I find in the manual is "Mainboard". I find no Internet reference to this specific MB manufactured by "Mainboard". This brings into question the value of the guidance I can get from other manufacturers of this same board. I have no way of know how close they held to the nominal specifications.
Clearly, I am inches away from giving this board away to some guy I hate. I have an ASUS MB on my computer and have had no real problems. The documentation is not great, but it was adequate. My thinking now is that I will try to marry my CPU and memory with a new mother board which I will select by brand name. Do you (or any members of this forum) have any recommendations as to barand name?
Thank you for your continuing interest and assistance.