Looking for Socket 7 m/b and AMD K6 class CPU

Dell / OPTIPLEX 755
September 14, 2010 at 13:46:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.327 GHz / 3316 MB
Can anybody recommend a reliable vendor where I might find an old Socket 7 motherboard and AMD K6 class processor? Our church has an old PC that gets power but won't boot, and we may want to refurbish it just to keep it as a spare.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4


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#1
September 14, 2010 at 17:11:27
Try eBay.

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#2
September 14, 2010 at 23:57:43
Not worth the hassle and cost it is OBSOLETE Hardware.......by 10 years

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#3
September 15, 2010 at 20:42:12
True, Socket 7 is obsolete, but this PC would be backup to another older PC that our church uses for our financial program ... won't even have Internet on it. In other words, it will do all that we need for it to do.

BTW, I did find a website called Alan Computech (http://www.alancomputech.com/), which seems to specialize in older or hard-to-find hardware. Resellerratings.com gave them a fair score. Anyone had any dealings with them?

1 Corinthians 15:3-4


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#4
September 16, 2010 at 05:09:35
What makes you so sure the motherboard is bad? What are the symptoms? And what type of board is it? Does it use AT power or ATX? What type of memory...72-pin SIMMs, 168-pin DIMMs, or PC100 SDRAM? Does it have an AGP slot?

Socket 7 boards are worth about $10 at best, which is why you should be looking at eBay. The site you posted has socket 7 boards listed between $24-75 plus another $10 +/- for shipping. That's WAY too much to be spending on severely outdated technology. If you want an old computer, try your local Goodwill, AmVets, flea market, etc.

Look at the "modern" technology $45 will get you:

http://www.ascendtech.us/customkiti...


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#5
September 16, 2010 at 12:47:56
Actually, I'm not 100% sure the problem is with the motherboard. The PC does power up, but when trying to boot, all it gets is a black screen. It could be the PSU (sorry, I'm not in front of the PC right now, so I can't read off the specs for you). It's not the monitor, because that works fine with another PC. I ran memtest86, and it showed no errors. It has a PCI video card ... tried a different PCI card in a different slot, but that didn't make any difference.

Good point about cost, jam. I thought that even if I could pick up a motherboard for $25, and even another K6-2 CPU for $10, that wouldn't be too bad. However, I'm not gonna spend anything until I know where the problem lies. Then I'll know whether to try to refurbish this unit or just pick up something else.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4


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#6
September 16, 2010 at 13:31:16
If you're able to run memtest86, there's obviously nothing wrong with the video & *probably* nothing wrong with the motherboard. Ditto for the power supply. I assume the memory tested OK?

My guess would be that since it's a very old system, the CMOS battery went dead. When that happens, the BIOS resets to the factory defaults, so it *may* be as simple as replacing the battery & reconfiguring the BIOS settings. Try entering the BIOS & checking the date...is it Sept 2010 or some date in the 1990's? If it's the latter, replace the battery.


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#7
September 20, 2010 at 05:54:47
After my last post, I remembered that it was another old PC on which I had run memtest86 successfully. The original one still gets nothing on the screen, even though it is getting power. Rather than waste any money on hardware for the original problem PC, I pulled the hard drive, installed it in the other PC, ran Fdisk, formatted it, and will now reload the OS (Win 95 ... told you it's an old PC!).

1 Corinthians 15:3-4


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