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#1 Geoff777

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 11:57 PM

Hi everyone,

I have recently been given a computer tower, complete except for the hard drive.
It has 512Mb of RAM, and the mobo is an:

Asus A7A266 1.10 Socket A DDR

Can anyone give me any further information about this mobo?
And possibly tell me what size the processor is likely to be.

I would like to fit a new hard drive and get this computer up and running, any advice on the
type of hard drive that would be suitable would be most appreciated.

Thanks
Geoff

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:19 AM

Here are the specs on that motherboard:

Technical Specifications

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Socket A for AMD Athlon / Duron 550MHz ~ 1GHz+ CPU
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ALi M1647 266MHz FSB chipset with ALi 1535D+ South Bridge
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266/200MHz Front Side Bus
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2 x DDR DIMM Sockets (Max. 2GB PC2100/PC1600 DDR SDRAM)
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3 x SDRAM DIMM Sockets (Max. 3GB PC133 SDRAM)
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1 x AGP Pro slot, 4 x PCI 2.2 slots, 1 x PCI 2.2/AMR Shared
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2 x UltraDMA/100 IDE ports
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C-Media CMI-8738 PCI Audio Controller with 4/6-Channel Integrated sound (optional)
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3Com 3C920 100/10Mbps LAN Controller (optional)
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4 x USB 1.1, 1 x Parallel, 2 x Serial, 2 x PS/2, 4/5 x Audio I/O (Optional), 1 x Game/MIDI (Optional)
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SIR (Integrated Serial Infrared)
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2Mb Award BIOS, PnP, ACPI, SMBIOS 2.3, Trend ChipAway Virus (TCAV), Green, Boot Block, BIOS
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WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL, WOR, Chassis Intrusion, SMBus
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Power Loss Recovery, ASUSŪ JumperFreeTM, CPU Throttle, SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
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ATX Form Factor: 9.6" x 12.0" (24.5cm x 30.5cm)
* Ready for Asus iPanel

You can read the article that this excerpt came from here.

As for the hdd, Seagate and Western Digital both have good products and both have a five year warranty, I alos like Maxtor, but it only has a three year warranty. With most major manufacturers you will be pretty safe in just giong with the best deal that you can find. I'm currently using a 200GB Maxtor that I found on sale for $80.

You can check them out here, and here.

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 01:26 AM

Thanks for the information :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 July 2006 - 06:22 PM

BTW you need an IDE hardrive not a SATA unless you install some king of raid controler or something to get SATA.

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 11:55 PM

Thanks Klinkaroo :thumbsup:
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Posted 10 July 2006 - 08:10 AM

Just did a little poking around on the Asus website. This is a fairly old motherboard. If you want to install a HD bigger than 128 GB you may need to update the BIOS. The FAQ says v. 1011 or later is required.

If you plan to use a bigger HD I would suggest starting up the computer with a boot floppy in the drive and using the Pause key to freeze the screen with the BIOS information. This usually is right after the video card logo is displayed.

I would _not_ suggest updating the BIOS unless there is a specific reason for doing so. Hard drive support qualifies.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 11:50 PM

Hi Dave.

Thanks for the information. I don't think i'll go much higher than 80Gb, so no worries about the Bios.

Thanks again
Geoff




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