Mandrake - About those pictures of the motherboard, aren't manufacturers supposed to make these things EASIER to figure out???
And I thought my K6 motherboard was bad... I also learned yesterday, not to mix different memory types...
Here's a picture of the board on it's own:
The Parallel-ATA port and six of the Serial-ATA ports are all on the edge so that using long double width video cards don't block over the ports. The memory slots are all accessible, even when a long video card is in the first blue PCIe x16 slot. I think it would be fair to say that I've had no real problems with the layout of this board. The only minor problem I've had is that the 8pin power connector is located up the top right of the motherboard, this can be somewhat of a problem because my case mounts the power suppply at the bottom of the case. I just need to get an extension for the 8pin power connector and also the 24pin ATX power connector and I'll be able to route those cables neatly (yes, my wiring looks like a mess of spaghetti!). I imagine that a bunch of cable ties wouldn't go astray either.
Your talk of PC133 memory reminded me of the first system I ever built by myself. I had kept that system around because I felt nostalgic. I even found a full GB of ram and a Radeon 9550 video card for that old system. Lately it's been crashing frequently though. Some of the capacitors on the motherboard have started to leak (hence the terms 'leaky caps' or 'bulging caps'). I could replace the capacitors on the motherboard, but I'm not sure that it's worth the effort.
It's good to see more and more motherboard manufacturers using solid state capacitors instead of low end electrolytic capacitors on new motherboards. The solid state capacitors (such as those on the P6T board pictured above) will not 'leak' or 'bulge' which should help to provide a longer life for the motherboards.
There is a good Wikipedia article
on defective electrolytic capacitors for anyone who is interested.
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