This 'solder mod' for the Asus A7N266-VM has been around since July of 2002.
I've now done it on three of these boards without a problem.
It 'unlocks' the FSB selection in CMOS, (up to 181 MHz), but NOT the multiplier (although it makes you believe that it's 'unlocked'... it lets you change the number, up or down, but when you re-boot you find that it hasn't changed).
Here's a link to a 16 page thread discussing it, with some decent instructions in there, around page 10 AFAIR.http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=530
And here's a link to a brief but detailed description, including some fairly clear pictures, of how to do it.http://www.angelfire.com/yt3/j...ding...g_A7n266-VM.htm
A single word of caution: DO NOT CUT THE WIRE with a KNIFE!
Several people I know of have destroyed their mobo by doing so.
Either snip it with wire cutters, or unsolder it (best)
I prefer to create a third, 3-pin jumper, just like Asus did with the full-sized ATX versions of this board.
You only need three individual 'pins' from some junk mobo/modem/NIC card/vid card/whatever, and one jumper block.
Remove the existing wire by un-soldering from the back of the mobo.
Then insert, and solder, one pin at a time, into the three holes.
Jumper the appropriate pins and, Voila!... you now have an ElCheapo mobo that has on-board GeForce2 graphics, fantastic 5.1 Sound-Storm surround sound, and is now fully capable of overclocking
any Barton up to the 3000+ (the 166/333 version)
Below is an image of my 'modded' Barton 2500+ overclocked to 13.0x 180.4 = 2357 MHz = XP 3400+
(I use this little tool to calculate the AMD XP xxxx +
' ">http://home.btconnect.com/barn...mputers/amd/tool2a.zip )
If anybody has any tips & tricks on how to further increase the video performance of the on-board GeForce2, they would be very much
Here is my new PCChips M848A' ">http://img.photobucket.com/alb...2_T-2-3-3-6-2_M848.jpg v2.1, with a 1700+ @ 2411 MHz, and my trusty old PCChips M810L' ">http://members.lycos.co.uk/mmm...00MHz_Sandra_tests.jpg v7.1A, with a Barton 2500+ @ over 3500+. Some of my fancy cars are on this pag