Checking for compatible processors and motherboards



I recently purchased an AthlonXp 2200+ processor with an Asus A7333 motherboard and 512mb pc2700 Ram...

Now first question:

1. On the Athlon package it says 'For Windows XP' does this suggest that it is essential I have Windows XP for the processor to work, or will it work on my current O/S 'Win98'

2. Upon installing the processor, I found great difficulty attaching the heatsink fan as the connectors seemed to be too short, but I eventually struggled and managed to attach the fan.....

I then attached my old 6.4GB hard drive, floppy, CD-ROM drive, CDRW drive, power connectors and my Nvidia GeForce 2 MX200 graphic card......

When booting up the motherboard light comes on, the hard drive light seems to be working and the CD and CDRW drives just flash randomly

The monitor although plugged in correctly does not come on at all and their are no 'coded beeps' to let me know of the possible problem it may be........ and after 30-60 secs the machine just switches itself off.

Now i was wondering if this may be a Processor, RAM, VGA or Power problem

I tried removing each component in turn

e.g. remove the processor and switching on the machine

e.g. remove the RAM and switching on the machine

but no matter which I remove the problem is unfortunatly still the same

- Could this be the jumper settings on my motherboard?

- Should I try a new VGA card

- Should I try a new processor

- Should I try a new motherboard

because i did also purchase a 300w PSU but it still has the same effect as the 235w PSU

Any feedback will be taken with much gratitude and thank you for taking time to read my message

Thank You in advance

Dave Ostle :)


This question was answered on March 10, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The AMD Athlonâ„¢ XP processor offers compelling performance for running Microsoft Windows XP, as well as outstanding performance on previous versions of Windows Now the question is the compatibility of the processor and the motherboard, I'm not sure if you mean A7V333 revision 2.0, form factor ATX, chipset VIA KT333 AGP DDR, with the Award 1014 bios, That is the recommended processor for that board and causing your video problems

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 10, 2003