New Mobo for W2K

December 14, 2009 at 20:04:12
Specs: Windows 2000
Looking to upgrade my computer. Gonna keep W2K....any suggestions for a new mobo. Currently running ABit NF7-S .......Thanks, z

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#1
December 14, 2009 at 20:20:05
If your keeping windows 2k I don't see much of a point in upgrading your mobo.

Abit board you have is a pretty good board.

Keeping w2k you wouldn't see much of a benefit in upgrading to a 64 bit or dual core. Especially when trying to find drivers for newer boards.

Not knowing what you have exactly..... having a gig of ram & a 256mb video card would probably be a better & cheaper investment. You could probably get both on ebay for $40 to $50 bucks .

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1.5GB DDR 3200
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#2
December 14, 2009 at 20:35:07
My first thought was that drivers should be available from all the vendors for Win2000.

After looking a bit it appears that Win2000 drivers may not be widely available. Probably for the reasons mentioned below.

There is the issue of how Win2000 may handle multiple cores and hyper threading. I am not an expert on this this topic but I think there were some improvements in WinXP over 2000 on how these are handled.

You may be limited somewhat. What type of system did you have in mind?


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#3
December 14, 2009 at 21:34:26
Problem is that my Mobo is screwing up.....Weird errors. Prime95 won't run more than 13 minutes or so. Thought it was just RAM, cause Memtest86 showed errors, but got new ram, which checks fine with MemTest, but Prime95 still won't run for long.

Tweaked voltages on CPU with little effect.....Currently running at 2G.....So would be nice to have a faster system....yeah, don't know how W2K handles 2 cores, or if it's the actual applications that utilize multi threading.......such fun I will have........lol...........z


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#4
December 14, 2009 at 21:41:27
What processor you runnin' in that NF7-S? Overclocked any?

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#5
December 15, 2009 at 06:56:10
I had one of those years ago and the capacitors went bad on it. Look for bulging or leaking caps.

You probably can just replace the MBoard with another Socket A (462) board. Look at the link below.

http://3btech.net/motherboards-sock...


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#6
December 15, 2009 at 07:05:30
Running a Barton core laptop CPU in it....not overclocked that much. Wanted to go up a little in processor speed...I heard W2K can handle a 2 socket board.......z

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#7
December 15, 2009 at 07:20:58
Well, you are basically talking about assembling a new system. My suggestion would be to replace the motherboard in that system and then if desired just build a new system from the ground up. You need MBoard, CPU, RAM, graphics cards and possibly a better PSU.

That leaves the drives and case. Your hard drive is probably smaller than you would like and optical drives wear out. That leaves a case.


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#8
December 15, 2009 at 10:40:19
My friend had the same board, never had any cap issues but did have the chipset fan fail and cause something similar.

I do agree that faulty capacitors can cause lots of screwy issues that seem like seemingly other common problems.

They aren't too bad to replace if you have the proper solder removing tools. Hardest part is getting all the old solder out of the hole to put in the new ones.

I had 6 gateway's, a couple soyo boards, and a server board i've replaced them in. On a Abit board examine the capacitors to the left of the CPU socket. I think looking online at a pic of that mobo it would be the groups of larger caps in rows of 4.

MSI K8N Neo
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.21ghz
1.5GB DDR 3200
nVidia N6600 256mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW


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#9
December 15, 2009 at 10:50:41
The OP can buy a new board cheaper than they can fix the old one, if that is the issue.

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#10
December 15, 2009 at 17:44:37
Well, I figure on building a whole new system....This one is still running even though the browser crashes a few times a day...I'll build it on a bench setup and when it's running, I'll replace everything in my existing case.....

But the main thing is getting the newest MoBo/CPU that will run W2K......any reco's?

Also I heard W2K can run a dual socket board, so that's an option....I would gain a lot of speed that way, correct?.....z


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#11
December 15, 2009 at 17:45:58
Another option is to upgrade to Win2003 server....my main deal is I don't want all that crap that Vista/Win7 have.....Like things simple and productive to use........z

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