Have you ever heard of a motherboard that can talk?

Question

Just thought you might be interested in knowing that I have a SOYO 7IS2 motherboard that has hidden messages when you make a mistake in putting a computer together. My first shock was when I heard a tiny voice from the little speaker say, "Your Pentium chip is not installed properly" Zoweee!

Months later when I was testing a graphics card from an old computer, I heard, "Your graphics card is either not inserted properly or it is defective."

Have you ever heard of such a thing?

Mike Gabriel Picture Rocks, AZ

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Answer

This question was answered on March 5, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

What you heard is called the "Voice Doctor" This is a feature designed by SOYO, which can detect the function of the Hardware in the system booting stage In the booting process, the system will automatically detect six hardware configurations, including the CPU, Memory, VGA, HDD, FDD, and Keyboard; and make sure they are all working normally If anything is abnormal, users will hear a speaking voice, warning them of the malfunction Thus, users can know immediately what's going on with their system.

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Posted by Jeff of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 5, 2002