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  1. #1
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    FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    Well it finally happened. My original FRN-L early release board is dead. Oddly enough it took this long for the caps to finally pop. The board has ran a DLT3C 1700 Tbred at 2.2ghz for I don't now how long. This box was on 24/7 folding and doing pretty intense graphics rederring since I gave it to my daughter. KInda sad really. It was the last of a dieing breed but it certainly served well for many years. I still have the Tbred!! Great chip still runs like a top. Its sitting in a MSI K7N2 Delta-L board currently that I had gathering dust. Running strong at 209X11 at 1.5Vcore (default voltage is 1.35V if I'm not mistaken)
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  2. #2
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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    With the rapidity of changes of late in the computer universe, I've learned to appreciate the durability and quality of certain products. How long did it run?
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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    RH, Sorry to hear of the demise of your FRN-L. What are you going to do with the board? I gave my dead FRN2-RL to a guy over on OC Forums who replaced all the burst/leaky caps and is folding with it presently.
    If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
    -Albert Einstein

  4. #4
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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    Radiohead's experiences, opinions, and expertise with the FRNs was one of the reasons I first purchased my Soltek in mid-2003... and I had been reading his exploits on AMDMB.com with them since very early 2003.

    Oddly enough, my Golden Flame finally laid down about 2 weeks ago. Blew the cap just under the AGP slot...no vid.

    Sad...very sad. Sorry to hear it.

  5. #5
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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    Why not put in some new capacitors and resurrect that old MB? I've been successful in doing so in my old SL-75DRV4 and a friend's K7S5A....
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    kevin

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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by 12bass View Post
    Why not put in some new capacitors and resurrect that old MB? I've been successful in doing so in my old SL-75DRV4 and a friend's K7S5A....
    I agree. If it's doing what you want, why not? I was tempted on transferring the parts from my alby 18D Pro II to a new a64 mobo, upgrading and all. I mean, XP boards seem pretty dated now. But I opted to keep the alby and save my money as it just works so damned well, still fast as hell, and doing exactly what I want it to do.
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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    I've done a bit of enquiring and a friend of mine is interested in repairing the board. I haven't exactly searched through old posts but I'm wagering the boards gotta be around at least 5 years. I lost the first one (which had been factory altered after production to a bad bios flash. That was my first and only loss of an Nforce board in that manner a basiclly put me in the "if it ain't broke don't fix mode" when dealing with Nforce boards. Seems to me the board was cutting edge for about a year until the FRN2 series was released so it may be even longer than 5 years. I do remember buying it to replace an ERV(last of the 266A chipset boards made by Soltek). It sure was a good run for Soltek while it lasted right from the KAV up the chain. If I didn't have 7 boxes running in the basement of the house already (I'm basically heating my house with computer generated heat in the literal sense) I'd most likely hang on to it and fix it myself but it would be pretty hard to justify to you know who. I already get away with more than most guys at this point so I don't wont to push my luck.
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  8. #8
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    Re: FRN-L Early release dead!!!

    Sorry to hear that R.H.......I got my FRN-L board at the same time as you......Feb 20/03...I THINK...I tried to flashing it to the new bios ...the first week I got the board... and scewed that up .had to RMA the board ....and got a new one a week later with the new bios...it ran for about a year and a half or so....... then it started rebooting ...the CAP's blew...Soltek sent new CAP's for FREE...replaced the cap's and it's worked fine every sence...running 2100 xp @2.2 400 fsb......I got my first Soltek MB in 2000 DVR2
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