athlon xp 3200 wont boot

  sputnick 15:01 08 Mar 2006

I have just bought an athlon xp 3200 400 fsb cpu from a dealer that is supposed to be a new oem cpu.
After installation the pc wont get past the boot screen befor shutting down.
If I try to go into the bios I can`t get past the bios screen.
I have set the mobo jumpers for 400 fsb.
I am still using my pc2100 ram until the new pc3200 ddr400 ram arrives, could this be the problem..

Windows xp proffessional
768 Mhz ram
Asrock K7VT6-C mobo
400 watt psu.

  Diodorus Siculus 15:19 08 Mar 2006

Does it shut down quickly? Could be an overheating problem. Are you sure that the CPU is correctly installed with good thermal paste?

  sputnick 15:28 08 Mar 2006

I`ve used artic silver.It shuts down before the boot screen finishes.

  Diodorus Siculus 15:40 08 Mar 2006

Not sure - if it were a problem with RAM, you should get some beeps in the BIOS at least.

Try one stick of RAM and see how it goes.

  Stuartli 15:44 08 Mar 2006

The support page for your mobo states that if the FSB Frequency jumper setting is not synchronized with the CPU, the system will not bootup properly.

Perhaps you haven't, after all, set the correct setting?

See the bottom of this link:

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  Stuartli 15:44 08 Mar 2006

I have the same Athlon...:-)

  sputnick 16:35 08 Mar 2006

Thanks Diodorus Siculus.
I didn`t think of that.
I took one piece of ram out and it worked.
I had already e-mailed Asrock (but not replied) as I was confused about the ram configuration, it appears that you can only use one Dim socket if you are using 400fsb but as I was still using the PC2100 ram I thought it would be ok.
Anyone want 256 DDR400 when I get it.
I`ll be keeping an eye on the temperature of the cpu as it seems to be steady at 47 / 48 degrees at the moment using Akasa 786 cooler which is supposed to be correct for athlon3200xp.
Where would we be without this forum.

  sputnick 16:46 08 Mar 2006

What temp does your athlon run at.

  woodchip 16:56 08 Mar 2006

It's not faulty CPU as it would not boot. It does look like you need a better cooler on the CPU

  sputnick 17:02 08 Mar 2006

Thanks all.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:04 08 Mar 2006

Your temperature seems fine to me at 47/48 degrees.

So it's booting up fine now? If so, that's good. I never understnad RAM configuration anymore - just know that it's somehting to try when there's a problem :-)

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