It appears that the Asus boards without sound have the dipswtiches...I am not sure what they look like but a review is here http://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus_a7v.htm and in that review it says that the dipswitches can unlock locked processors....I am curious is this is true or not...
When in doubt break out the sledge hammer....
Ok after much checking I am certain my board has the DIP switches, its the long blue one with 8 switches on it. I will try the OC thing this week, except I'm using a socket 7 cooler tomorrow for the first test.
WARNING: Do not Use Golden Orb Cooler!
I'm looking for a decent cooling unit that wont toast the core of the Duron like so many other poor dudes.
Thats cool...(no pun intended) did you have to remove the white "feet" on the ALPHA and the black "cushions" on the DURON ? I need a cooler ASAP and might go for the Alpha if I think it wont wreck the chip.
My understanding as of today: July 28, 8:13 PM Central, is that the ASUS A7V with the dip switches which are darkish blue with 6 switches on it, and say ECE in weird writing, are designed to unlock the mutiplier of both Duron & T-bird, and come on the SECOND batch of boards with no sound. These boards bear the code:
above the last PCI slot.
If the DURON is locked (aren't they all ???) and you dont have an A7V w/o sound, (unlocks all Duron's & T-Birds...or does it ?) Then your saying that you must perform this operation (we know Tom's Hardware started it)and then you can adjust the multiplier in the BIOS ? And furthermore, I checked out the pen, it looks like it would work if I needed to do this. (not sure if I need to).I have a GIGABYTE GA-7ZM, can I plop in the surgicaly altered Duron and change the mulipier in the BIOS ? What I'm hoping is that someone can explain this to me.
From what I can tell the Duron is a Smokin' deal if it will run 900. Closing the |1 on the T-Bird is not so scary to me anymore... however I can get an A7V & 650 Duron for the same price as an 800 T-bird right now. I'm getting so bloody excited about this!