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JohnnieB
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Posted:10/2/2010 3:07:00 PM # 1
Hi Everybody, MOBO M2A-VM BIOS: 0402 CPU: Athlon 64 X2 5400+ RAM: Crucial DDR2-800 (2x2GB - 4GB Total) HDD: WD2500JS (Western Digital 250GB SATA-3) OS: Win XP home (32 bit) USB Problem: Whenever I plug in a USB Device into any USB Port, I get a message that the device will run faster if pluged into a High-Speed USB Port and directs me to a list of USB Ports, stating that the HS USB ports will be listed in a Bold Font. None of the USB Ports show up in Bold letering and a statment above the list states that the computer has no HS USB ports. SATA Problem: The SATA 3 drive listed above is working normally, but I want to add a second (or more) SATA drive and the drives I'm trying to add aren't showing up in Windows (My Computer or Drive Manager - etc), but they show up in the BIOS setup screens. So far I've tried a 1TB SATA6 and a 500GB SATA3 that both pass DOS based Diagnostis and work on other computers. A little background on this computer. I bought it as a back-up for a home desktop that was getting a bit long in the tooth and left it in the box until the compurter I was using failed. Everything went fine until the new system crashed (Wiped out OS - would load, but not completely) while loading up the programs I use. The new computer had XP loaded, but came with a VISTA upgrade, so I did a fresh load of XP from an unused OEM disk. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks, John

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JohnnieB
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Posted:10/2/2010 3:12:00 PM # 2
New to the Forum -- How in the world does one go about get your post to have paragraphs insted of being all one continous sentnce??? I tried to edit and insert hard returns, buit still looks the same.

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yardsaleskier
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Posted:10/4/2010 2:23:00 AM # 3

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Author: JohnnieB Posted: 10/2/2010 3:07:00 PM

Hi Everybody,

MOBO M2A-VM BIOS: 0402
CPU: Athlon 64 X2 5400+ RAM: Crucial DDR2-800 (2x2GB - 4GB Total)
HDD: WD2500JS (Western Digital 250GB SATA-3) OS: Win XP home (32 bit)

I recommend first updating to the current BIOS (5001) - then reinstalling XP. Per Asus, Do not use EZ-Flash to flash BIOS if your BIOS version is prior to 0701.

USB Problem: Whenever I plug in a USB Device into any USB Port, I get a message that the device will run faster if pluged into a High-Speed USB Port and directs me to a list of USB Ports, stating that the HS USB ports will be listed in a Bold Font. None of the USB Ports show up in Bold lettering and a statment above the list states that the computer has no HS USB ports.

This generally means one has plugged a USB 2.0 device in a USB 1.1 or 1.0 port. I do not know if this is an XP issue. Did you install the AMD Chipset Driver Program for Windows XP (2008/01/18)? Have you run Windows Update yet?

In BIOS Setup, go to Advanced, then USB Configuration. I have all 3 entries set to: Enabled


SATA Problem: The SATA 3 drive listed above is working normally, but I want to add a second (or more) SATA drive and the drives I'm trying to add aren't showing up in Windows (My Computer or Drive Manager - etc), but they show up in the BIOS setup screens. So far I've tried a 1TB SATA6 and a 500GB SATA3 that both pass DOS based Diagnostis and work on other computers.

On my M2A-VM, I have
SATA1 = 250 GB (running Windows 7 64-bit)
SATA2 = 1 TB
SATA3 = 750 GB
SATA4 = 750 GB

My SATA controller in the BIOS Setup is set to IDE mode
.


FYI (this should affect anything you're doing) Check each drive to make sure that the transfer rate is set to 3.0GB. Older drives have a jumper to switch it from 1.5GB (SATA I) to 3GB (SATA II). 
Newer drives don't use a jumper. Check the label on the drives for jumper settings or go to the drive manufacturer's website. If nothing else, you'll get a better data rate.

A little background on this computer. I bought it as a back-up for a home desktop that was getting a bit long in the tooth and left it in the box until the computer I was using failed. Everything went fine until the new system crashed (Wiped out OS - would load, but not completely) while loading up the programs I use. The new computer had XP loaded, but came with a VISTA upgrade, so I did a fresh load of XP from an unused OEM disk. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks, John


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Mobo - ASUS M2A-VM, Bios - 5001, CPU - AMD Athlon X2 AM2 4400+, Hard drives - 2 @ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s and 2 @ 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s, RAM - 8 GB of 2 @ Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX 4GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400, Video - Asus EAH4650-DI-1GD2(LP) 1GB 128-bit GDDR2, TV tuner - Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Hybrid PCI-X1 TV Tuner, PSU - OCZ600SXS (600 Watt), Case - Antec SLK1650B, OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Posted:10/4/2010 2:25:00 AM # 4

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Author: JohnnieB Posted: 10/2/2010 3:12:00 PM

New to the Forum -- How in the world does one go about get your post to have paragraphs insted of being all one continuous sentence??? I tried to edit and insert hard returns, buit still looks the same.

I had to switch to FireFox browser when I post comments here. IE 8 on my PC does not play well with this forum.

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Mobo - ASUS M2A-VM, Bios - 5001, CPU - AMD Athlon X2 AM2 4400+, Hard drives - 2 @ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s and 2 @ 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s, RAM - 8 GB of 2 @ Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX 4GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400, Video - Asus EAH4650-DI-1GD2(LP) 1GB 128-bit GDDR2, TV tuner - Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Hybrid PCI-X1 TV Tuner, PSU - OCZ600SXS (600 Watt), Case - Antec SLK1650B, OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Posted:10/5/2010 7:38:00 PM # 5
Thanks - Glad to know IE8 and the form don't play well together and I'm not going crazy ...

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Posted:10/5/2010 8:38:00 PM # 6
Thanks for the reply Yardsaleskier. The USB problem is that all 10 USB ports on my M2A-VM board have somehow managed to become USB-1 ports rather than USB-2 ports. I have all three entries on the CMOS Setup menu set to “Enabled”. Upgrading BIOS and reinstalling XP may fix it, but if it doesn’t, I’ll turn them off and add a USB card. None of the HDDs I’m trying to install are jumpered for SATA-1 and all install at SATA-3 on a different computer (Including a 1TB SATA-6, but that is normal since the motherboard in that computer only goes up to SATA-3). The oddball part is that I have a 250 GB SATA-3 installed and running that works normally on all 4 SATA ports on the MoBo and with all the SATA cables I’ve got. Upgrading & Reinstalling might fix this also. I noticed the warning not to use EZ-Flash when upgrading from BIOS prior to 0701 and it has been quite a while since I’ve upgraded the BIOS on any computer. Does ASUS have a Non-EZ-Flash procedure spelled out in simple terms for an old guy like me? Since this MoBo/Bios/Software is acting strange, I don’t trust it for critical applications, so I’m replacing it with a M2N68-AM+ with an Athlon 64 X2 7550. If this M2A-VM decides to straighten up and fly right after some TLC, I’m going to use it in a dedicated system for transfering Vinyl and VCS to CD and DVD. John

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yardsaleskier
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Posted:10/5/2010 11:38:00 PM # 7
If you go to the Download page for the motherboard and then select Win XP for the OS -

expand BIOS-Utilities. You'll find:

Phoenix Award BIOS flash tool version 1.32


Download the BIOS flash tool and download the current BIOS, and use the tool to install it.

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Mobo - ASUS M2A-VM, Bios - 5001, CPU - AMD Athlon X2 AM2 4400+, Hard drives - 2 @ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s and 2 @ 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s, RAM - 8 GB of 2 @ Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX 4GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400, Video - Asus EAH4650-DI-1GD2(LP) 1GB 128-bit GDDR2, TV tuner - Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Hybrid PCI-X1 TV Tuner, PSU - OCZ600SXS (600 Watt), Case - Antec SLK1650B, OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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