A7N8X running slow

By cerpher
Mar 11, 2005
  1. Just bought a ASUS A7N8X
    Put a AMD 3000+ 333MHz Baron CPU and COSAIR VS512MB400
    BIOS REV 1010 DATE: 8/4/2004

    BIOS Settings
    166 X 2 (333MHz) FSB
    Memory setting
    200 MHz
    WD 20g HD
    CD LIT-ON 48X24X48 CD-RW
    RAIDON 9200

    Currently running W98S new install. System is running very slow. My AMD 1GHz ran fast. I can not open two programs at once. I open my FIREFOX and takes forever to load this site. COX cable running at 166K but my other 3COM had 540K download. Figured I might disable the on-board NIC and put the 3COM in this new system.

    My BIOS might be set wrong or old BIOS. Please any reply to my slow problem on my newly built system.

    Thanks ahead
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621


    your ram should run synchronous with the theory. never tried it otherwise.
  3. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Spyware N NIS installed

    I have now installed NIS and SPYBOT. This is a fresh new install of W98S. I am going to try XP and then LINUX.
  4. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Direct X

    After install W98S, I install Direct X 9 which took 30mins. This is not right.
  5. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    reinstalled W98

    after reinstalling W98 it seem to work better.
    but still slow to open programs
  6. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Hello cerpher

    And Welcome to Techspot I have this same motherboard but here what is really strange I have BIOS 1011 mine came with it . I am running my barton 2500XP overclocked with no problems what so ever..

    Number of CPUs 1
    Name AMD Athlon XP
    Code Name Barton
    Specification AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2700+
    Family / Model / Stepping 6 A 0
    Extended Family / Model 7 A
    Package Socket A
    Technology 0.13 �
    Supported Instructions Sets MMX, Extended MMX, 3DNow!, Extended 3DNow!, SSE
    CPU Clock Speed 2104.8 MHz
    Clock multiplier x 12.0
    Front Side Bus Frequency 175.4 MHz
    Bus Speed 350.8 MHz
    L1 Data Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L1 Instruction Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L2 Cache 512 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L2 Speed 2104.8 MHz (Full)
    L2 Location On Chip
    L2 Data Prefetch Logic yes
    L2 Bus Width 64 bits

    Mainboard and chipset
    Motherboard manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    Motherboard model A7N8X-E, REV 2.xx
    BIOS vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    BIOS revision ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe ACPI BIOS Rev 1011
    BIOS release date 05/20/2004
    Chipset nVidia nForce2 Ultra 400 rev. C1
    Southbridge nVidia nForce2 MCP-T rev. A4
    Sensor chip Asus ASB100
    Graphic Interface AGP
    AGP Status enabled, rev. 3.0
    AGP Data Transfert Rate 8x
    AGP Max Rate 8x
    AGP Side Band Addressing supported, enabled
    AGP Aperture Size 128 MBytes

    DRAM Size 1024 MBytes
    DRAM Frequency 210.5 MHz
    FSB:DRAM 5:6
    CAS# Latency 2.5 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# 3 clocks
    RAS# Precharge 3 clocks
    Cycle Time (TRAS) 7 clocks
    # of memory modules 2
    Module 0 Kingston DDR-SDRAM PC3200 - 512 MBytes
    Module 1 Kingston DDR-SDRAM PC3200 - 512 MBytes

    As you see here ..

    Here is a few things you can do

    Set your ram to SPD in BIOS
    pay a visit to to learn how to turn off some of the services..

    Update your spyware program and run it
    Update your antivirus and run it..

    Next download and install A-squared and run this you can find ithere

    If you still have problems download and install Hijackthis place HJT in its own folder and post you log here someone will take a look at it ..
  7. fishhookz

    fishhookz TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I have the -X cheap cousin. :) It's been great for over 1.5 year. 2500+ here. I'm running at stock speed and 200Mhz RAM speed no problem. I could o/c it if I wanted to and I had. Up to 2.2 ghz stable. My BIOS is 1009. 1010 would turn my PC on if there was net activity a # of times. Yes I disabled the option to wake up from lan.

    Could you try and see if Linux boots up and runs faster?
  8. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    SW Test

    I ran some test and found my FSB is 166MHz not 333MHz.
    I believe this is the reason why my system is running very slow.
    My BIOS is set at 166MHz at rated 13 which is 2158.
    AMD 3000+ is 2.2MHz Barton

  9. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    SW Test cont.

  10. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    SW Test cont.

    FSB Test
  11. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    dude 166 is 333fsb move your multiplier to 13 and tras to 7
  12. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tras 7

    my multiplier is at 13 and cpu 166 = 2158 AMD is 2200
    so what is TRAS 7
    I do not see that in the BIOS
  13. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    It is a memory setting 2.5 lantency 3 Ras to cas acess 3 memorybank switch

    and 7 T(RAS) row addressing strobe in BIOS set it to user defined you will see that as well as placing this on SPD.

    ALso what memory is this 2700 3200 ddr??
  14. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    HD might be the cause

    I downlaod the 3dmark5 program and would not start. The HD keep freezing.
    Does anyone know a system software to check the HD speed and motherboard check?

    I believe the Maxtor 2B020H1 is running at 33 or 66 and not 133. I have tried different OS and they were all slow. I have been working on this for a week. Now I change the HD to a Maxtor 52049H3 and now my A7N8X is running a little faster. My newest Max 2B020H1 worked fine in my ABIT 7RAID motherboard at 33 ATA and 66. I now remember it was slow when over worked by running 3 different software at one time. I always figured it was my slow system.

    Now I believe my HD will not work at 133 or 100. I would like to test it since it works with my ABIT motherboard.

    Thanks again for all your help.
  15. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    3d mark will not work if there is a video card problem or your direct x is messed up and a few other things. Did you install the motherboard drivers?
  16. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Vxd Savrt

    I installed Direct 9x and yes I installed the lan, audio, and usb. There were no other drivers.

    I do get a Fatal Exception error VDX SAVRT (02) blue screen when I do a restart. It happen sometimes.

    I figure it is a driver problem but the system show no problems. I did a memory test using testmem.exe file from the internet. I believe it maybe the lan driver. I am using all the latest from ASUS. I am going to try a 3COM 100 NIC card and disable the nForce LAN on board.
  17. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    GO to Nvidia and get the drivers these are the ones I use and have no problem what so ever as you can see with a aquamark score over 39000 wich is great for a socket"A" and 333fsb..HereThis is a really great board and buy chance what ram are you running?
  18. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    THX Tburt

    Those are good files, I will use them later, but remember I am using W98S.
    Thanks again for all your help. I will download the software and run this version to test my system and get back to you all
  19. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Anyone know how to get the LAN to get 100 and not 10.
  20. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Well half of the problem could be solved if you get XP-Pro or even Home for that matter...pretty morden system running on a old OS.
  21. cerpher

    cerpher TS Rookie Topic Starter


    your right, I will test with other OS (XP & Linux).
    I beleive the error I am having are not the OS but drivers and/or BIOS.

    Will do more testing over the week-end and post my results
    Thanks again
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