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Abit Bh6
Pminer Apr-11-00 04:00 PM
I'm new to the list. Have you guys heard any bad news about the Abit BH6? I installed one this weekend and at first it was -dead- (Jim). Then I finally got power flowing to it and now it just reboots over and over again. I'm A+ Certified and do PC support...so I've tried -everything- I possibly know to do. But I have heard some bad things about the BH6. Can anyone confirm? Thanks!

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lbyard Apr-11-00 04:14 PM
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Paul, You heard wrong about the BH6. It is one of the best motherboards I have used in the 13 years I have been in the computer business--first rate quality. A motherboard rebooting itself is almost certainly a hardware problem. In my experience, it is not usually the motherboard which causes the problem, although it certainly could be. Something is probably not installed properly. You may have an expansion board which is not properly seated. With the power cord disconnected, push down on the front of each board and visually inspect each of them. Next, I would strip the computer down (remove boards, drives, etc.) to the point that it no longer has the problem. Replace the memory. Check for screw or unwanted stand-off under the motherboard. See our FAQs, Motherboards for more tips. Let us know how it worked-out, OK? Larry

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deerslayer Apr-14-00 02:00 PM
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I am a big fan of abit motherboards. i have a bx6 and a be6. I have a friend who has a bh6 and he loves it. No problems. ( the soft menu is a overclockers dream) Sounds like a memory problem to me. (just my opinion)

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lbyard Apr-14-00 03:44 PM
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I'll third that opinion. I have a bunch of them in customer's machines in small businesses. The only problem I've seen, and it is very rare, is that the BH6 soemtimes losses the CPU PnP parameters, which is easy to remedy in the CMOS Setup. I suspect that problem results from power glitches. The Abit TX5 Socket 7 was also a very excellent motherboard in it's day. Larry

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lbyard Apr-14-00 03:38 PM
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Was the power on when that happened? If so, you may indeed have damaged the motherboard, or even the CPU/memory, and possibly the power supply, although they are pretty forgiving. The odds of visually seeing the damage are not good unless you saw lots of sparks and/or smoke. If it tripped the power supply, it could have pulled a lot of current through the motherboard and damaged things you canít see. Iíve seen motherboards survive events like this, Iíve seen others completely destroyed by it, and Iíve seen still others that were never quite the same after it (I suspect from damaged electrolytic capacitors). If the computer was off, there is possibility that it got zapped by static electricity via the pliers, especially on a cold, dry day. I have seen sparks fly that way and permanent damage resulting from it (once it happened by touching the key lock on the front of the computer, which zapped the motherboard via the cable from the lock to the motherboard). My next step would be to pull the motherboard and look at it with the illuminated magnifying glass on my workbench. Sorry, I couldnít be more cheerful. On the other hand, most motherboards are pretty tough animals as far as things electronic things go. If the computer was rebooting itself before the pliers touched it, the odds are the motherboard is ok and the problem is being caused by something else. Larry

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Pminer Apr-14-00 04:02 PM
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Thanks again,
Actually...I had taken everything off of the MB and it was by itself in the case. Nothing attatched...including power or anything. I was simply installing some Slotkey plastic retainer clips into some holes on the board. No sparks or anything. Thank God.
But since I'm new at this...I thought it may have been worse than maybe it was.
Anyway....would a loose Slotkey for the Processor cause or contribute to the problems I've had?
Thanks, Paul

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lbyard Apr-14-00 04:41 PM
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LAST EDITED ON Apr-14-00 AT 04:42 PM (GMT)

It sounds to me like you did not have the CPU locked into the slot 1. May I suggest that you take a look at both of the How to Build your Own Pentium Computer articles (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/index.html)for info on how to do it. Together, they show how to mount both kinds of Slot 1 packages. The directions for doing it which came with the motherboard are not very clear. Yes, if that CPU was not properly seated, funny things can happen. Larry

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Pminer Apr-14-00 05:06 PM
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Great site for edumacation! Thanks so much. I've read almost all of it. New ideas for this weekend. I'll keep you posted.
Thanks again. Anymore ideas welcome.

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