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Angry Trying to get an old computer back up and running

My step dad has about 4 computers that all seemed to crap out at once, and now I am trying to save at least two of them. The one I am working on now is a PIII 432 socket on a ECS motherboard. Now first thing that is strange is that the BIOS says that the computer has a 1.7 GHZ P4, but on the board its says PIII 432 socket. I am pretty sure that P4s never came in a 432 socket only 478 and higher.

I am trying to reintall Windows 2000 Pro since that is what all his computers use, but when I get to installing Windows the fatal blue screen pops up and sometimes have a few hexadecial codes. It never pops up at the same place during the install setup. I have tried to different Windows 2000 disks, and tried to startt he setup using the four setup floppy disks.
I have created a new partition on the HD and reformatted it, and the fatal blue comes up when it finally gets to the point where it installs Windows. I have tried 3 other HD that were in the other broken HDs. I created new partitions for thoses HD as well.

Now I have been getting a screen that says install is out of memory, and I have to quit the install. I try and quit the install, and the fatal blue comes up and I have to hit the restart button.
I have reset the CMOS, and switched the RAM around (512 X 2). used only one 512 MB stick, and still the same results.

This is seriously pissing me off, and I have tried everything that i know.

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Flash the BIOS. Bad mobo? ECS = bad brand.

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Flash the BIOS. Bad mobo? ECS = bad brand.
Where could I get the software for the board ECS' website?

I know ECS is a bad brand, I work at Fry's and it is the #1 returned MB. Also its the #1 sold. The fact that the workers dont give a shit and toss the boxes around doesn't help either

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try ecsusa.com

I picked up one of those ecs combos to upgrade my home server and for the price its doing its job. I went from a dual p2 400 to a 3100+ sempron and the NForce3 ECS board.

I've got it running stable at 2.25ghz with stock voltage even. Not a bad deal for $89.

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Umm.. what is the ID-10T settings?
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Look up your board from ecsusa.com...

which store you work at?


I got that 3800 x2 deal yall had for thanksgiving. I turnned around and made a 600$ dollar profit and upgraded my computer at the same time.

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Look up your board from ecsusa.com...

which store you work at?


I got that 3800 x2 deal yall had for thanksgiving. I turnned around and made a 600$ dollar profit and upgraded my computer at the same time.
Haha yea I wanted in on that deal but they wouldnt let us buy anything. I did get my hands on the 10 dollar bluetooth headset

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Flash the BIOS. Bad mobo? ECS = bad brand.
OK with ECS' instructions they say to run the Flash BIOS program in Windows. Well I cant do that... after this post im going to find a boot flash BIOS program. IS that what I should be looking for?

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just snag a boot disk image from bootdisk.com and copy over the .bin file for your bios and the flash util and you should be good to go as long as you dont loose power during the flash

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just snag a boot disk image from bootdisk.com and copy over the .bin file for your bios and the flash util and you should be good to go as long as you dont loose power during the flash
Ok well I reflashed the BIOS, and still the same problem. Next idea

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oh and I was wrong, or I was told wrong the processor is a P4. 432...

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bad RAM or bad Video card....
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will it even boot a live linux cd?

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Do a memtest86 on the ram. its prob bad.

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Do a memtest86 on the ram. its prob bad.
The first time it found 11 errors, and I think it froze up before it completed the test though. I think it went through the first test and froze up. I took out one stick of ram and no errors were found, but I think it froze up.

When I say "think it froze," I mean that I see the blinking cursor, but no activity seen. I will go put in a 128 MB stick Ihave lying around and see if the results are different.

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K I gave, and I blame it on crappy ECS :P I am working on a 500mhz P3, and everything is working alright. Oh and its not a ECS board. Once Windows 2000 is reinstalled I will try and put i nthe 512 sticks of RAM, and see if it will work.

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Sounds like bad ram.

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