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Old 02-03-2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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My personal system at my house is currently running:

Athlon XP 1600
512mb DDR PC2700 RAM (256 kingston 256 generic)
MSI KT6V-LSR
ATI Radeon 7000
120GB Maxtor ATA-133
160GB Hitatchi SATA
Pacific Digital DVD Burner
Generic CD Burner
Antec 350W Smartpower
Seasound Solo EX Audio Card
Linksys Wireless G card
Generic USB 2 card

I believe that the 1600s FSB is 266mhz and the rams speed is at lest 266mhz, but my mobo wants to run at 133mhz, and when I set it to 266 it refuses to boot, no video, no post, nothing.
The fastest that I can set it is 166mhz and eventhen it runs a little shaky.

I've run the RAM through memtest and it passes with flying colors (at 166)

Is this a PSU issue? do I need more power?
When I set the fsb to 166mhz my bios and windows say I am running a 2100 instead of a 1600

I saw that there was another post on this, but it didn't give any firm answers
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Old 02-03-2006, 03:47 PM   #2
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You've probably just been overclocking when you set the FSB to 166. When an Athlon XP has a "266MHz" FSB, what it actually has is a 133MHz FSB which is double data rate. Lots of BIOSes have you set the "real" FSB speed rather than the doubled speed. From the sound of it, 133 is the correct value. The easiest way to eliminate any confusion is to run CPU-Z and check your actual values. It will tell you the real FSB speed, the RAM clock rate and timing, etc.
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