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Win2k/Windows 2000 on the ECS K7S5A Motherboard

This is a really nice board for an Athlon processor. I got the board as a special deal from Fry's Electronics in early 2002. The board came with a 900mhz AMD Duron for a total of $89. Initially I ran linux on it, but then I switched over to Win2K. I have had no problems with this motherboard at all. Here are a few tips for people out there who are using the board.

Sound Driver Issues

The board can have a couple of different sound chips based on the manufacture date.

Mine had the Avance Logic ALC100P chip. This company was acquired by Realtek and I've found that the SIS 7012 Chip driver worked. Be careful because the C-Media driver will also install for the device and look like it is working.

My only complaint is that the volume is a little low for headphone use. Maybe that is ok, from a health perspective.

LAN Driver Issues

The board's driver installed flawlessly. In fact, under Win2k, the driver did not require a reboot! I just moved the cable over from a PCI ethernet card that I had and everything came right back up. Nice!

Motherboard Specs