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Abit NF7-S Motherboard Installation Notes

Other Potential Problems. The following causes of stability problems apply to motherboards in general.

6. Power Supply. A noisy power supply can cause all sorts of memory and other system problems. Always use a quality, name-brand power supply with adequate power and voltage ratings for your system. The average computer should have at least a 300 Watt power supply. A 400 Watt power supply is adequate for almost all other desktop computers. Don't be fooled by some cheap power supplies advertised with high power ratings (e.g., 600 Watt power supplies for peanuts). See our Forums for further discussion and power supply recommendations.

7. Hot Processor. The processor temperature can be monitored in the CMOS Setup for this and many other motherboards. It may take a computer 15 to 30 minutes to reach temperature equilibrium. Temperature specifications for processors can be found on AMD's and Intel's web sites. The temperature should be well below the maximum specified. Temperatures for many popular processors are discussed in our Forums. Also, the NFS-7 and many other motherboards will start making a police car-like sound (dee-daa-dee-daa...) if the processor gets too hot. How to Install an AMD Athlon or Duron Socket A Processor.

8. Case Cooling. Cheap, cramped, under-ventilated cases can cause system stability problems and premature component failure. The CPU temperature starts with the case (system) temperature. It can't get cooler than the air in the case. A hard disk drive that is hot to the touch is too hot and will have a shortened life among other problems. One does not need to make a computer into hover craft to achieve this objective. One or two case fans at the rear of the case and a quality power supply is sufficient for almost all desktop computers. Replacing flat drive cables with round ones, paying more for an aluminum case, and adding other bells and whistles is a waste of money.

9. Overclocking. Regardless of what you may have read on the Internet, overclocking is a poor practice. It can destabilize a system, corrupt files, and damage processors. If you want more speed, buy a faster processor.

10. Proper Grounding. Double-check that you have secured the motherboard with the correct number of screws, that all of them properly seated (not cross-threaded), and that there isn't an extra motherboard standoff under the motherboard where there is no mounting hole.

11. Observe Antistatic Procedures. Many people don't realize that computer components can be damaged by static electricity. A problem may not appear for months later when a power surge completes the damage and Windows error messages start popping-up because the memory is defective.

12. Read the Motherboard Book. This simple step could avoid a lot problems.

13. Double-check Jumper Settings.

Finally, once everything is stable, go into the Advanced Chipset Features and disable the CPU Disconnect Function. That should speed-up your computer.

If it don't work go to How to Troubleshoot a Dead Motherboard/Computer and then to our Forums.

If it does work, don't "break" it...

Larry

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Motherboard specifications (impressive).

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