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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“it's not a Bad motherboard, Budget gaming, and easy to...”

Written on: 19/09/2010 by themaninthevan2001 (121 reviews written)

it's not a Bad motherboard, Budget gaming, and easy to upgrade, i've had this motherboard a few Times in the past… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“i have used the Gigabyte GA-7VRX for 2 years now and...”

Written on: 20/04/2009

i have used the Gigabyte GA-7VRX for 2 years now and its the most reliable board iv had no problems with it not 1… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“Well, obviously you won't be buying one of these new...”

Written on: 21/05/2007 by registeringsucks (1 review written)

Well, obviously you won't be buying one of these new any more, but if you're putting together a cheap PC for your mom to surf the web or whatever, don't hesitate to use one of these things. In my honest opinion it's excellent… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“I have a GA-7VRX board, Athlon 1800+ CPU and TNT2 AGP...”

Written on: 08/10/2005 by rainclear (1 review written)

I have a GA-7VRX board, Athlon 1800+ CPU and TNT2 AGP video card. My system always goes down after playing 2 or three movies. I reinstalled the system several times and it's still like that. Until I found this site did I know it was this board that causes problems… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“The Gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard proved to be the...”

Written on: 16/12/2004 by mattreager (1 review written)

The Gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard proved to be the downfall of my computer. This computer went in 3 times before it finally took a really big dive. They were telling me it was the AGP card, so I kept buying new cards. No, come to find out from this website, it is most probable that its the board. Now it locked up in the OS and is refusing to load it again after the reboot. There was no mods or over-clocking involved. Do not count on this motherboard… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“I am running a 2400+ athlon xp, with 40 gig HD 8 meg...”

Written on: 14/06/2003 by nevgav. (1 review written)

I am running a 2400+ athlon xp, with 40 gig HD 8 meg cache. 512 mb 2700 ram. 64 meg video nvidia geforce 2 mx 400. Running Win98SE. Had a heat problem without sys fan but after installation of 3 fans it was just fine. I have experienced no other problems at all. have the fsb at 148 with no prob, havent gone higher because of no need too. I Love this motherboard and highly recommmend it. Rating quality at nine just cause there are other better motherboards such as kt400 boards. but this is… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“My GA-7VRX is running an Athlon Palamino 1900 Mhz...”

Written on: 23/02/2003 by Jona. (1 review written)

My GA-7VRX is running an Athlon Palamino 1900 Mhz processor , with 256 Meg DDR Ram (un-certified), standard clock speed . I got round the lockup problem by hitting the reset button at the end of the first boot attempt. AGP card is a Gigabyte AG32S (Rage 128), a budget 3d model . The overclock utility for the rage 128 card fails to install correctly , another black mark for Gigabyte , I suspected the video card as faulty until I found this review site, thanks guys I can go back to my supplier… Read Full Review

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105520_Billyjeanwalker.'s Response to Jona.'s Review

Written on: 09/06/2003

For all of you experiencing problems between your ga-7vrx mobo and geforce4 Ti 4200 here is the solution. Versions 1 and 1.1 of the mobo will not work with this video card. Revision 2 will work though. So, if you have a 1 or 1.1 (like I do) you have to contact gigabyte and they will have your board reworked...they wont replace or upgrade it. Go here to read about the problem and get the number to call. It has taken me close to a year to solve this issue.
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<br><br>http://www.thetechboard.com/troubleshooting/ga-7vrxp.php

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“Having read all the previous points, I will submit my...”

Written on: 20/02/2003 by gadman. (1 review written)

Having read all the previous points, I will submit my review.. I attempted to rebuild a friend's pc using a gigabyte GA-7IXEA motherboard. The graphic card is a sparkle nvidida 32 meg. With win98SE it crashed, with ME it crashed, with win2k it crashed and with winXP, you guessed it it crashed. In other words, every OS crashed before fully installed. The cpu is an athlon 850. I'm about to change the m/board to ASUS. Does anyone have any tips?… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“I have ga-7vrx, amd ath 1800+ t-bred(1.53ghz), and...”

Written on: 03/02/2003 by junkmaster69. (1 review written)

I have ga-7vrx, amd ath 1800+ t-bred(1.53ghz), and samsung 512mb pc2700 ram. Regardless of multiplier setting(on board) I could not speed up the fsb anywhere near 166 without serious problems ie no post no boot no restart etc. Therefore my pc2700 ram capable of 333mhz must run at 266 and my cpu can only be bumped up to 2000+(1.67ghz) (using just the multiplier set at 12.5). Maybe I misunderstood the meaning of KT333(duh). Also there is major system instability when running the ram at CL2 so had… Read Full Review

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104656_Joe2.'s Response to junkmaster69.'s Review

Written on: 06/06/2003

WHen I used the Corsair Value Select PC2700 that problem cleared up, the FSB apparently was stable but the memory kept crashing it. Hindsight leads me to believe it's the hotdogs. Those bits of meat were everywhere and when they overheated, it made an oiley mess in the memory slots, on the video card, and ultimately shrank till the bun was too large. I was pretty hungry too. AT least the color of the PCB contrasts nicely with the mustard, yet overclocking wouldn't burn off the dog residue and so I ended up having to replace the board with an Asus, which is immune to this sort of problem.

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“I had an athlon 1800 xp with 512mb ddr ram, 60 gig...”

Written on: 15/11/2002 by sted. (1 review written)

I had an athlon 1800 xp with 512mb ddr ram, 60 gig hard drive and sb live 5.1 sound card on this main board. I decided to upgrade my graphic card from a voodoo 3 3000 pci to an nvidia ge force 2 mmx agp card. I installed the card and drivers and the system kept locking up in 3d applications. I reinstalled both card and drivers but still the same locking up. I bought another agp card, this time the nvidia ge force 2 titanium, this one worked well for a few minutes before locking up, I tried the… Read Full Review

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Pp.'s Response to sted.'s Review

Written on: 08/12/2002

Wow I didnt think people like this existed!
Ga-7vrx definetly has a g force problem (Amended with some pretty ugly work!)But as for useing an ati with this board, I give a 9.4 thumbs up.
I was useing a radeon 7200 but have opted up with the 9000 pro.
As for the board itself, overclockers dream with the utilities to match!
Extremely easy to set up, depenable, cost effective and upgradable! Need I say more, yes watch the revision numbers! 1.0 is a nightmare 1.1 (Thats what I got) not bad.

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59011_Martinez.'s Response to sted.'s Review

Written on: 19/12/2002

well... I have this MoBo and really it's just great! I have Triplex GF4 Ti4200 Millennium Silver overclocked to frequency of Ti4400 and NO PROBLEMS here!!... but I had this crashing problem, and believe me, it not the AGP. go to BIOS and check do you have TOP PERFORMANCE enabled or disabled, if enabled than disable it, and this will be the end of your problems people!!! on this option many of ram's doesn't work properly (I'm not sure exactly why), the cause maybe in settings of CAS Latency...
believe me, this mainboard is in my personal opinion the best thing I could get! no agp problems on this end :)

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★★★★★
Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“Im running a athlon 2200+ with a geforce ti4600 1024mb...”

Written on: 14/11/2002 by Freakofcomputers2006. (1 review written)

Im running a athlon 2200+ with a geforce ti4600 1024mb of drr333 and im running win xp. i experience no hangs or crashes and im running the 4600 on 4x without any trouble. I also have 12 fans running on my case. I am running at the stock clock and have an 80bg hard with 2 mb buffer at 133ata… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“According to most reviews and benchmarks the GA-7VRX...”

Written on: 23/10/2002 by RockCafe. (1 review written)

According to most reviews and benchmarks the GA-7VRX motherboard fron Gigabyte is the best KT333 board around and I tend to agree. The only problem I had is it was incompatible with Samsung PC 2700 RAM and unless you buy high end memory like OCZ or Corsair, it will only work with Nanya consistently. That means that if you want to run it for performance you'll need to buy RAM that's expensive. Still, it performs as well or better than most KT400 boards and utterly destroys all other KT333 boards… Read Full Review

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78785_Snakes.'s Response to 45623_RockCafe.'s Review

Written on: 10/03/2003

I agree that the GA-7VRX motherbaoard is a great board. This is my second Gigabyte board. As far as the Samsung DDR 2700 goes; I am using 768MB of Samsung original Ram without any problems. Maybe you need to update your bios.

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“The gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard works great, even...”

Written on: 18/10/2002 by rainmen. (1 review written)

The gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard works great, even with my Geforce 4 mx440 and my amd 2100xp and 512 Mb DDR memory. I would recommend it to everyone building their own pc… Read Full Review

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“This Gigabyte GA-7VRX is the perfect mainboard for...”

Written on: 07/09/2002 by Redmist. (1 review written)

This Gigabyte GA-7VRX is the perfect mainboard for gamers who already have a good sound card, NIC etc and just want good value for money. As long as you're not an extreme overclocker, this board is fast, stable and compatible (mine is revision 2.0. Apparently ver 1.0 didn't like GF4 MXs). There is no fan on the north bridge which may be why the FSB doesn't overclock too well but of course not having another fan also means less noise. (I hate noisy PCs)… Read Full Review

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49689_Monkey.'s Response to Redmist.'s Review

Written on: 09/11/2002

thanks for the review, I have much more confidense in my purchase now.

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104655_Joe2.'s Response to Redmist.'s Review

Written on: 06/06/2003

Well NO KIDDING "mr do"... it would be irresponsible for a mainboard manufacturer to pre-set all the fastest settings then have 70% of the owners left with an instable board, instead of letter everyone take their own risks to increase performance.
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<br>Gigabyte does it again... a stable but ho-hum board that doesn't break any new ground... in a way that's GOOD, if you just want a dependable, stable board at reasonable price-point.

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57930_Mr. Do!.'s Response to Redmist.'s Review

Written on: 14/12/2002

Good review, however I have revision 2.0 as well, and ram seems to heat up very fast, resluting in lockups, etc. Most of the default bios settings have to be changed for any performance value, ie: Set ram to top performance instead of normal, etc. Otherwise, your expectations go down the toilet since you don't realize you need to do some manual tweaking first. The user manual did not help me much, other than to identify parts on the system board, it's descriptions left much to be desired.

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“This Gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard just rocks! I have...”

Written on: 02/09/2002 by mrtruro. (1 review written)

This Gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard just rocks! I have purchased 7 mainboards this year, most being budget boards and I'll tell you this board seems very solid! After replacing every damn board I purchased this year all which were based on an awful sis chipset I decided to just replace them with a Via based board. This was the only VIA board my OEM dealer had in stock on a Monday so I bought it without a second care for its features and quality. I build the machine and it has the fastest post I… Read Full Review

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46613_Brian.'s Response to mrtruro.'s Review

Written on: 28/10/2002

I have just a few questions about this board. First of all I have 512MB PC 2700 on this board and the user's manual says "Because the quality of PC2700 module is varied,we don't recommend you use 3pcs of PC2700 module at the same time". That disturbed me because I want to increase to 1 gig of ram. What exactly does that mean? Am I taking a chance if I install another PC 2700 chip? My other question is: 'will this board support a G4 TI 4600 or Radeon 9700 pro'? A response would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Reza.'s Response to mrtruro.'s Review

Written on: 22/02/2003

I have 7vrxp motheboard with AMD 2100 xp cpu,
my problem is that the sound of my computer have
some noises on windows xp, when the hard drive(HDD) is working some noises are comming to the sound

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Aka_Toon.'s Response to mrtruro.'s Review

Written on: 07/12/2002

I have just a simple question:
Is it true that this board overheats (I don't know if this is the most apropriatte term) the processor. I have an Athlon XP 1600+ and he stay like : 57(idle) 63(full load) and 42-44 for the MB. The VcoreA is 1,77V( I heard it's a little bit high) and I want to decrease it but I don't know how.
I have a Titan D5TB cooler and no case coolers.
What do you think about it? What should I do?
Please contact me at dst@k.ro if you have some solutions for me.TNX

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“See the good points and bad points. If anyone can help...”

Written on: 21/08/2002 by HotasHell. (1 review written)

See the good points and bad points. If anyone can help with what I might have done wrong to get no on board sound, please post a comment on my review. I installed the drivers, they show up in system info, device manager. My speakers are plugged into the speaker jack in the back. Other than the sound, I too heard a negative comment about this board from a co-worker but decided to try it for myself. I'm very satisfied except for the sound problem and I'm sure I'll figure that out somehow. I can't… Read Full Review

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35311_Tim.'s Response to HotasHell.'s Review

Written on: 29/08/2002

I know your exact problem, look in the bios, then go into Chipset Features and have a look around to check if all aspects of sound are switched to enabled

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38241_Dan.'s Response to HotasHell.'s Review

Written on: 17/09/2002

First look at the BIOS version first because if you upgraded with the other mainboard version (GA-7VRXP BIOS)the sound didn't work.
<br>Second in the "Integrated Pheripheals" -BIOS you will find SOUND , put it on AUTO and you will have sound but on a bad quality (my opinion)

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35419_Hotashell.'s Response to HotasHell.'s Review

Written on: 30/08/2002

I ended up going to Microsoft's website and it pointed me to the Start/Help/Troubleshooter file. I clicked on Sound as my problem and I was presented with several steps to take. I never thought to look into the Control Panel/Multimedia settings. I think there was my problem. It was showing two sound drivers for the AC'97, one working okay and the other showing it has a problem. After disabling the one with the problem and re-booting, there was sound. Now, I ask why was there two of the same drivers showing and how can I get rid of one for good? I now have no errors left with this motherboard and give it a good solid rating of 10.

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Gigabyte GA-7VRX

“I know that there has been a lot of bad reviews posted...”

Written on: 09/08/2002 by Tim. (1 review written)

I know that there has been a lot of bad reviews posted on the Internet about this Gigabyte Motherboard but I have had it for a while now and have put it through everything, 3D Benchmarks, over 90 different games, LANing, hours on the net, even being left on for days on end and it has not had one fault, not one, it is fast, extremely reliable, and definately value for money and anyone who thinks otherwise should send an e-mail to tdouglas_2000@tasmail.com.
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33929_Scooby Doo.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 20/08/2002

The only problem I have had with this board (ga-7vrx) is that it will only run a gforce 4 ti 4200 card in agp 1x mode. It crashes after about 30 seconds at 4x and doesn't even run at 2x.

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Jacked's Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 24/08/2004

Does anybody have 2× 512 ram inside...
<br>Because I would need more ram, and now I have 2× 256 (different 1× 333 and 1× 400) and the system just reset from time to time, and I suspect it ram fault...any ideas???

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Jerseyguy's Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 02/05/2004

I have the Rev 2.0 now for almost two years, no problems AT ALL. several friends use same mobo w/great results as well-variety of hardware configs. I check for VIA chipset updates every few months...here's mine:
<br>giga ga-7vrx 2.0
<br>amd ath xp1800+ socket a
<br>win 2000
<br>geforce mx440
<br>256mb ddr 266

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Abhi's Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 29/12/2003

I too having the same prob as (allio) when connecting my lg gce 8320b cdrw as sec master.or otherwise it runs ok.
<br>The other prob is that after a month or so the same prob occures which gets fixed by re-intalling the whole system.
<br>I cant undersand the actual prob.
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<br>mobo-ga7vrx-1.1
<br>Athlon 1700+
<br>512 mb ram
<br>Asus v8170 magic agp
<br>300w smps

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Rudy.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 16/06/2003

I had returned my 7VRX Rev. 2 and have received a 7VAX as a replacement. I no longer have any problem. The retailer confirmed that the 7VRX I had originally purchased had a hardware fault.

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107231_Allio.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 14/06/2003

I have the 1.1 revision of the board... no problems with my MX-440. The only problem I have is that I have to turn the computer on and off at the wall (or power supply) every time I turn it on, otherwise I get weird problems... ranging from the keyboard not working (most common) to Windows not loading to the BIOS failing. Ugh. It's annoying, but I can deal with it because I have 100% stability in everything. I've never heard of anybody else with this problem, but there you go.

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105559_Glentas.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 09/06/2003

You guys should try adding more RAM 512MB
<br>as xp gobbles 256mb
<br>had my 7vrx for 15 months no probs

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Ramza__X.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 03/06/2003

Just set up like mine, and you will never crash again
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<br>OS: WinXP Pro
<br>MB: GA-7VRX v2.0
<br>CPU: AMD 2000+ XP
<br>RAM: 256mb PC2100.DDR
<br>HDD: 80gig x 3 = 240gig
<br>GFX: GF4 440MX
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<br>I've never crash the machine like random or fatal crash what so ever
<br>all programsss and gamessss all worked great, and fast!!
<br>i'll give this a 10/10 rate just perfect
<br>all driver are perfect aswell
<br>even i've left the machine on for 5 days downloading of the net, no (none) time crash... bottom line, perfect motherboard setup for a perfect person!!! :)

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103816_Ramza__X.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 03/06/2003

This IS the best Motherboard!!
<br>I'm having no problem what so ever.... maybe i'm too good :)
<br>MB: GA-7VRX v2.0
<br>CPU: AMD 2000+ XP (clocked at 1.750hz just a little wont hurt = 12.5x140)
<br>RAM: 256mb PC2100.DDR
<br>GFX: GF4 440MX
<br>HDD: 80gig x 3 = 240gig
<br>(any question email me : ramza__x@hotmail.com

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101633_Vito.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 26/05/2003

Does anybody know if this mobo has any problems with the RADEON 9500 PRO

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82893_Camaroman.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 25/03/2003

hey, just curious but i was gonna buy a gigabite GA-7VAXP with an athlon 2000+ at a 400 fsb, with 512 ddm 3200 ram and a 4200 ti 128mb agp 8x gforce card and a 500w power supply. does this problem relate to this motherboard as well or is it strictly related to? i really dont have much money to go buying junk with. any help would be greatly appreciated... thanks

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72336_Fball.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 12/02/2003

problem solved
Heat was the issue a new cpu heatsink solved my restart problem. Now using vantec aeroflow now at 35-40C prior with retail fan at 80C. PS after only 4 months the retail fan was clogged with dust.

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Fball.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 22/01/2003

This is becoming a support group thread, I have the same problems as above. 3D acceleration (Q3, UT 2003) causes lock ups and reboots within 0 to 10 minutes of starting otherwise no problems. Often reboots with an error message indicating a driver caused the error but the specific driver or item using the driver is not referenced. Still looking for a solution.
System
<br>MB Gigabyte 7vrx V2.0 (bios F7)(VIA 4 in 1 VIAHyperion4in1445v), AMD 2100 XP, 256MB 2700, PSU Antec True Power 430W, Antec Case, Mad Dog Raptor TI 4200 (40.72_winxp_WHQL), Windows XP Standard (all updates). Running latest bios and drivers for all items.
No luck also doing the following
- stripped computer to just the TI4200 to isolate no luck.
- turned off Norton antivirus as suggested by TI4200 card manufacturer no luck
- tuned MB to BIOS settings as suggested by TI4200 card manufacturer no luck.
- used older NVIDIA drivers no luck
- tried different DDR memory stick no luck
- moved memory stick slot no luck
Note early versions of MB (less than 2.0) have a known issue please see link www.thetechboard.com/troubleshooting/ga-7vrxp.php. My board is 2.0 but the problems persist.
If anyone has found a solution or have ideas please post them thanks!
No help to me

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66689_Rudy.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 20/01/2003

Just for the Log, I have the same problem as Bertuoli but with the following system: AMDXP1800+, Kingston 256MB 2100, PSU 350W dual fan, Gigabyte 7vrx Rev 2.0, ATI Radeon 8500, WIN 98SE and all of the latest drivers (I've also tried most of the old versions). Occasionally, while using 3D acceleration, such games halt, sound continues and one is returned to the desktop. Has anyone successfully resolved a similar problem.

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62981_Bertouli.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 06/01/2003

Well guys, I told you I thought I had a Ti4200 problem. It turned out to be a Windows 2000 problem. As I read in several forums that win2000pro was causing nvidia problems, I decided to install winXPpro in a last desperate attempt before pulling the ti4200 out and jumping on it.
IT WORKED. Everything runs perfect now, compu has now been running 24*7 for 2 weeks now. If you have problems and use win 2000 try another OS first. Might help you too.

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Matt Swingler.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 06/01/2003

I have a rev.1 of this mobo and I just bought a Leadtek A280LETD (Ti4200) and I have the exact same problem. I stuck the card in my brothers Soyo Dragon Plus mobo and it got 3dmark points throuh the roof!(around 10000). It makes me sad (more like mad) that I can't even finish a benchmark with this card. Otherwise, the mobo runs flawlessly! Thanks to all of the people who ave advice on this problem, I hope it helps!

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Bertouli.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 12/12/2002

I have the same problem with the following system: AMDXP1900, Kingston 512MB 2100, PSU 350W, Gigabyte 7vrx, Gainward ti4200, win 200 professional. My compu perform relatively well (3d Mark > 10500) but every now and then the screen just goes black. System doesn't hang, because the sound keeps playing. This happens when I am NOT doing any heavy 3D stuff.
I have installen every patch and driver on the internet, but nothing works. I am sure this is a ti4200 problem, and I will return the card this week. I will keep you posted about any comments Geforce makes!

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55718_Thunda.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 04/12/2002

Just thought I'd put my 2 cents in. I have the GA7VRX along with an XFX gf4 ti4200 64mb. I clock both and have never had a problem. I'd say if you are having problems it's due to driver errors, my room mate, his g/f, my g/f and 2 other friends all have this board, some with GF4's both mx and ti's, they all have 300W+ psu's and latest drivers and not one has a problem.
Cheers

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53863_Tim.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 27/11/2002

Just a quick note about this whole Geforce 4 thing.
When I first wrote this review, I only had a GeForce 2 MX400 64meg, now I have a Gainward GeForce 4 Ti 4200 and I still agree I what I wrote, I have run heaps of games and get easily over 10000 in 3dMark 2001SE, I have no problems with it at all.....
I have revision 2 and haven't done anything special so I really don't know what is going on.
How many people out there have revision 2 and still have problems?

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Kenlobb1.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 18/11/2002

I have a this motherboard and a Geforce 2 MX 64mb vid card and when I play games like americas army and even some low end games my computer just restarts, the guys from americas army said that it was a powersupply problem to the video card and it is the mobo's fault.... Im thinkin great I wont be able to play and cool games so why did I buy this machine again?? I was wonderin if anyone knew anything about this problem. And is there any way I could fix the problem I already updated everything imaginable and it still does it *grrr* common help me out here I need the eye candy!

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50860_Rick Rajchel.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 14/11/2002

I had some similar problems. Not having played Unreal Tournamen for a while on Windows (I dual boot to Linux) I decided it would be nice to do some serious killing while DLing an ISO image. So I installed UT and jacked it up to 1280x1024 and all highest settings, since that's the way I play it on Linux no problem. Low and behold I get a dismal 41 FPS. BTW this is my setup:
Gigabyte GA-7VRX
GeForce 4 4200(Chaintech)
AMD 1800+
512 MB of DDR2700
I did buy the MB shortly after the 333 chipset came out. So I go about looking for updated drivers, known problems and such. The VIA 4 in 1 drivers were installed as well as a BIOS update and newer NVidia drivers. All one at a time incase one of them caused a problem. 30 minutes later I'm done with minimal problems and decide to go ahead and retry UT. Locked tight at 85 FPS. It seems to be limited by something, because it won't go down or up at all no matter how fast I'm running or how much junk is on the screen. In any case it more than doubled my GeForce 4 performance and I haven't even tried to overclock it yet.

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Daviesh.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 12/11/2002

The problems that Scooby Doo and other are having could be due to an infinite loop error, widely reported on VIA and Intel mobos with high end graphics cards. A number of suggestions on how to fix the problem are available at www.viaarena.com/?PageID=64, the most important of which is power supply. What rating is your power supply guys? From the suggestions I have heard, look toward 400W. A good article at www.tomshardware.com/howto/02q4/021021/powersupplies-01.html on the ratings of power supplies and actual output as well as the data for you to work out how much power your best needs.

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Fefdbi.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 06/11/2002

I have a 7vrx MB + GF4 Ti4200 & yes there is
a problem, everytime I run any 3D Program like
games , 3D Benchmarks ,etc the system hang immediately. I recently exchange it with my friend's GF3 & it works fine. My friend have no Problem either (his mainboard is ASUS).

I'm going to buy an EPOX Mainboard Tomorrow!

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39768_Jcme.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 25/09/2002

Ok here's the latest hopefully this will help us mutually..
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<br>The Motherboard: GA-7VRX
<br>The CPU: 1800+ AMD XP
<br>The RAM: DDR 2100 (256 Mb) (or 2700 not too sure)
<br>The Videocard: PNY Nvidia Ti4200 (64 Mb ddr)
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<br>What I had to do:
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<br>Reinstalled OS: First did WinMe again - my 3dmarks where around 7300. Much better than before (~4300). Then went about trying to get the clock to run faster (139Mhz) Success... For a little while then OS crashed.
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<br>Reinstalled OS - Part II: After the kernel32.dll fatal error I opt to install Windows XP Pro. While doing this I read about a tweaked version of the Bios which will allow me to fix the annoying sound poping problem by changing the pci latency to 64/128. I got that. Got the latest Drivers from Nvidia - those for XP. Got RivaTurner and o/c'd the video just a little bit. 3dMarks - a whoopin' 10008....
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<br>However, my poping sound is not fix it only happend in games such as Nascar Racing 2002 Season.
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<br>Also, I am now convinced that the Ndivia Ti4200 sucks in terms of quality when compared to my old Nvidia Gforce2 GTS (64 ddr ram). The GTS card was a killer! No idea why.. Should I get another Ti4200 different brand or same to compare? Anyone with other thoughts on how to go about fixing the sound pop issues? (BTW this only happens if am running the game with the 3d enable using a four channel speaker system. If i change it to two channels it goes away..)

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39476_Gero.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 24/09/2002

On the newest release of this board there is a sticker that says
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<br>Fully Compatible with nVIDIA GeForce4
<br>MX4(NV17) series Graphics Accelerator
<br>
<br>I'll be installing it l8r today, hopefully it will work :)
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Rope.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 22/09/2002

I don`t agree that this MB (VRX7 v.2.0) is god giving creature. I had few little problems also, like it crashed several times with PC2100 DDR. Than it worked fine with no single crash after those before. But it pushies PC2100 to run on 333Mhz (according to Easytune), and in Sisoft Sandra it gives only ~900 Mbit memory bandwidth, with Duron 600, while ECS K7S6A with sis745 chipset gives ~1300 Mbit!!!
<br>It seems that VRX7 has potential but on the other hand has some minuses!

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38948_Sal.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 21/09/2002

I think the problem is with the motherboard. I have ATI Radeon 8500 and my comp freezes randomly in games. I can link you to another site where people complain about ATI crashes when coupled with Gigabyte mobo

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38827_Icyflame.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 21/09/2002

i had thought of if it's WinXP's fault but now i don't think so.. CoZ when using win98SE the same problems still shows up..

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Jcme.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 20/09/2002

I too have the same motherboard (with AMD XP1800+) and a Pny ti4200 my machine does not crashes or freezes but it not as good as when I had a GA7-VTX with a GeForce2 GTS and a slow CPU (Athlon tbird 1.4).
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<br>One thing I did need to do was replace my power suply - it had a 250watt and the Gforce card requires 300watts minumun.. That added a little increase in performance but yet it is still slower that last setup.
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<br>Status: disappointed on Mobo and Graphics... No convinced mobo is to be blamed. Will be getting a GF3 or another brand of video to confirm theory.

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Icyflame.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 16/09/2002

sigh.. i juz bought this mobo & a triplex millenium gf4 ti4200 & have the same prob.. Progs & games always hang or crash..
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<br>Curse the vendor for telling me that they're compatible with each other!

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37295_Msci.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 11/09/2002

It's a common problem with Gigabyte 7VRX/VRXP not to work with GF4 cards . It's something physical and has been solved in rev 2.0 of the board . So no drivers or BIOS updates will solve the incompatibility (but you can try). I think the GF4 is just too power hungry , good thing about the Radeon 9700 it's got an external power connector.

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35308_Tim.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 29/08/2002

well Scooby Doo I really don't think it is solely the MoBos fault and like Chaos said there has been a lot of problems with the GeForce 4 range of vid cards with many brands of MoBos not just gigabyte ones, and if I were you I would try updated the MoBo Bios and if that doesn't work try updating the graphic bios to.
<br>And if all else fails download the latest GeForce 4 drivers.

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34131_Chaos.'s Response to 32450_Tim.'s Review

Written on: 21/08/2002

Mister Scooby Doo It's not the motherboard problem only indeed. I have a friend with ASUS MB. and ASUS! Geforce4
<br>video card. And have the same problems - system hang up. mostly on boot. Maybe there are some common problems with
<br>Geforce4 cards. Don't know if it's in motherboards or Video cards but he also runs his Geforce in 2X.
<br> Even his system is not Athlon based, but a Celeron so
<br>the only thing common it the Geforce4.
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“I basically included the Gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard...”

Written on: 24/05/2002 by semaj. (1 review written)

I basically included the Gigabyte GA-7VRX motherboard to see if anyone had any comments about the differences between this and the 7VRXP. I'm getting it from an online reseller for 74.00 but for the life of me I can't find any other docs other then the specs at the manufacture's web site. I expect it to run well with the Athlon XP 1600 CPU. After it's installed and running I'll let everyone know what I think… Read Full Review

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