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Created On: 06/22/2004 07:43 PM
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 06/22/2004 07:43 PM
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Is there any way that the FIC SD11 motherboard can be updated to handle the AMD Slot A Athlon TBird processors ? Would flashing the BIOS work ? Until recently I was running an AMD classic Slot A processor but that went bad, so now I am in search of a new processor. I did find 2 processors, but the system keeps rebooting. After some research I found out the 2 new processors are Tbirds. That's the problem. The classic Slot A starts with a K7, the Tbirds start with a A0. Until I can find a classic one somewhere I'm stuck with no where to go.
 06/24/2004 06:34 PM
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I found the info about the FIC SD11 BIOS below in this review of your mobo at Sharkey Extreme...' ">

QUOTE Recently, there is a lot of confusion surrounding FSB overclocking with the FIC SD11. The early BIOS versions (up to NC605) had the ability to switch the front-side bus speed from the default 100MHz to either 120MHz or 133MHz. Unfortunately, these were the only settings made available, and it was kind of hit or miss whether the board could handle it. Due to the AMD 751 chipset's instability, this overclocking feature was not successful and further testing found that 110MHz is really all you should expect to push the AMD 751 to.

Since FSB overclocking wasn't turning into the popular choice of power users, FIC adjusted the BIOS with version NC607 and deleted the 120MHz and 133MHz overclocking options. This is not a huge loss, but it has led to innumerable user questions on how to overclock the SD11. Before completing the review research, I was in same boat, madly searching the system BIOS for the seemingly elusive FSB options.

One of the negatives to the new BIOS revisions has been the associated disappearance of the hardware monitoring capabilities. Previously, system and CPU temperatures could be monitored either through the BIOS or software, but after the new BIOS revisions, neither seems to be available. The BIOS hardware monitoring portion is simply not present, and although the hardware monitoring software is still on the FIC driver CD, it no longer shows up on the initial install screen. Even after manually loading the monitoring program and installing/reinstalling the VIA drivers, I could not get it to work.

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