Written on: 01/02/2009 by Mediacom
Heavy personal/small business use for any motherboard/any price use tends to run most Socket-A (and other, more recent) mobos into the proverbial scrapheap - though the - several -K7S5As still keeps performing! That said, have to admit that whilst it is used with graphics + pix, have NEVER run games applications. For that, we use the National Lottery ..........
So, apologies to those who don't like 'caps' .... but if memory servers, this acutely dates back to the 'daze' of TELEX, when... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2009 by chupo (1 review written)
Bought it as a used one in 2007 with Duron 900 and 256MB of SDRAM. Now it's running an Athlon XP 2400+ and 1GB of DDR400 with no problems. Huge compatibility, starting from supporting 2 memory types, to having a universal AGP slot that will fit any card. Chipset is rather colder than expected. Has onboard LAN. Could have had USB 2.0 and maybe a better onboard audio. (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2005 by okbookman (1 review written)
I have been running the Elite Group ECS K7S5A board since 2002, 3 years now. I had a problem with it showing drives that did not exist until up flashed the Bios with and upgrade and no there is no problem, exept the Ultra ata thing. A few months after purchase I had to buy a new battery. And twice in the passed year it said (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2005 by juanisiah
The Elite Group ECS K7S5A is truly great I had no problems with it.
I was surprise what it could do. (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2005 by dbrucereed (1 review written)
I built this Elite Group ECS K7S5A system a year ago....AMD 2.1, WD 40 gig, G-Force 4 128, CD-RW etc..... running Win 98SE. I have never had a second of trouble with it. I put it together, put it on the desk and it has run non-stop an average of 18 hours a day. Have DSL, never a glitch, does EVERYTHING asked of it. I am buying another one today to replace my Jetway V266-B in my other system which is running XP Pro. I have and will recommend that others buy and use this mainboard. (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2005 by Drowelf1979 (1 review written)
Elite Group ECS K7S5A; I am not here to slam the thing I didn't pay a dime for the whole system. A friend had built it and when it worked it was smokin'. The GeForce3 Ti200 was the video card that he had in it along with 512mb of RAM and an 80Gig HD. I need some ideas. Oh yeah the reason that he gave it to me was he didn't have time to play EverQuest anymore. (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2005 by leland5394 (1 review written)
I agree with all that I have read from other owners of these Elite Group ECS K7S5A motherboards. Once burnt, never again! (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2005 by electro mixer (1 review written)
Built this computer over three years ago, Elite Group ECS K7S5A, 256MB DDR ram, Western Digital HD, Nvidia Gforce 2 graphics.
This setup ran well for for me for a year and then I ran into some promblems, it started with installing and running programs, then errors while burning disks, finally boot up. At first I thought maybe a new malicious worm, so a reformate was in order, but it was met with little success.
After discussion with more adept computer friends, things were pointing in the... (read more)
Written on: 14/09/2004 by Bay155 (1 review written)
Elite Group ECS K7S5A - Built 3 systems with AMD 2400XP and 2000XP and the ECS K7S5A Pro Motherboards. One is using 768 MB SDram and 2 using 512 MB DDR. Loaded them with Win XP Pro. The systems do not like certain graphic cards. The driver caused instability and system lock. I had two older (2 yrs old) graphics cards (These were older high end gaming cards, one had 64 MB and another had 128 MB.) that refused to work on these systems without causing crashes and system lock. One stable... (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2004 by PaperSack (1 review written)
It's Paper_Sack again, giving my 3rd cent. My AGP card is fried. Not sure if this is related to the mainboard, say a voltage problem, but I have never had an AGP card fail. (LeadTek Winfast Ti 32mb ddr) PCI card I scrounged up works fine and board is still super stable.
I run my box as a server and have 2wk uptimes. Reset manually, still havent had a crash.
As for the manual, if you can't understand it, again buy a gateway or a dell. It's definitly sufficient Cord047. Your comment made... (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2004 by JKLservices (1 review written)
I have built 3 or 4 of these and have had no problems. The SiS 735 chipset is quite good. I love the fact that you can use DDR or SDRAM (don't mix 'em!). I built one computer for my wife using XP 1700 and two for my grandkids, using Duron 1.0Ghz processors. We have Win2K on one and Win98 or the others. Both OS's work great. I have not put XP on this MB yet. With onboard sound, 2 USB ports on the rear and a NIC, all you need is a decent video card and away you go! Hook up to broadband... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2004 by haycac
I've run this Elite Group board for some time. The current model operates in my tertiary machine, powering a 1.8GHz Duron and 512MB PC2100 Corsair RAM (CAS 2.5). This board has proven to be OK, but no more than that. I have had the board fail for no apparant reason (at the time it was running an Athlon 1800+). The processor was fine, indeed as were all the components, and an 850MHz Duron brought it back to life (the Athlon I gave to my Father incidently, who needed an upgrade). I have also... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2004 by rozzo1948 (1 review written)
Elite Group ECS K7S5A - I own a small computer sales/service store. I recently purchased the inventory of another computer store that was going out of business.
Among the items I bought were nine ECS mainboards.
Of those nine boards, eight of them failed. The boards were a mix of K7S5A, K7S5A Pro, and K7VTA3's. The biggest problem was the AGP video cards wouldn't function. Obviously, based on some of the other reviews contained on this site, I wasn't the only person experiencing that... (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2004 by danpayette (1 review written)
I recently purchased a Elite Group ECS K7S5A motherboard and an athlon 2000xp WD 1600 and 512 ddr. The board runs fine until I try and download files. It freezes up and messes up my boot record and leaves me with no choice but to reinstall WinXP. Very weird! I tried different ram, I have tried a different harddrive, a different video card but... no luck! The cable modem works ok, I tried that on another computer. What could it be??
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Written on: 14/03/2004 by andre at home (1 review written)
My brother in law wanted ca 2 years ago a budget system. After some search I found this Elite Group ECS K7S5A motherboard. In combination with a Duron 1 GHz and 512 DDR RAM it was a nice solution. certainly as it was pretended to be Athlon XP upgradable for the future (XP's at that time were new and very expensive.
With this combination we did have some intial stability problems. The combination of 100 MHz/100 MHz (CPU/RAM) was the most stable one and my brother in law was satisfied with it.... (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2003 by better4u65 (1 review written)
I have owned my Elite Group ECS K7s5a motherboard for about a year now. I have had no problems with it, it has been very reliable. The SIS735 chipset is the best that I have used in a long time. I recommend this motherboard to any beginning computer junkies. (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2003 by arthur santos (2 reviews written)
Ive used this Elite Group ECS K7s5a motherboard in 6 machines.Was very easy to set up works well with the gforce cards.Ive used sdram and ddr memory without any problems.I put in the athalon chip and the duron chip from 1.4s and up.Very dependable board they have been running for 2 years now. (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2003 by Bean (3 reviews written)
I built my first computer,about 2 yrs. ago,and I have been using the k7s5a board all the time,when I first put it together,I was using a 1.3 AMD Duron,and it ran extremely well,no problems,except for the ones that the nut behind the wheel did.Anyway,,I eventually changed the cpu to an AMD Athlon 1800+ Thoroughbred,and I am using 512 mb. of sdram,(which will be changing to ddr soon)and I am using a GeForce 2 mx400 graphics card,,and using xp pro, and for an everyday computer,I think it's... (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2003 by Fleneer (1 review written)
My son and I bought two Elite Group ECS K7s5a motherboards with Athlon 2400 XP processors a few weeks ago. They work great. I am extremely pleased with mine. We had a little difficulty with one board picking up the Athlon as 1000 Duron and running at only 1.00 GHZ. We're uncertain what the difficulty was but after swithcing CPUs between the two boards in attempt to decide if the K7S5A or the Athlon was to blame, and reinstalling the CPU fan with liberal heat sink compound, both boards... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2003 by Carl.
There are a lot worse motherboards around and for the £55 i paid about 6 months ago i have no complaints. Read the manuals and go to the forums and u will get it sorted and as for durons , come on u may aswell have got a celeron
If you think this board is bad get a gigabyte you'll be writing more reviews on here for sure..... (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2003 by Cord047.
I'm on my second K7 motherboard. The first board I brought home, I could get the floppy light to go off. It just kept running and I couldn't get it to load the Operating System. I tried Windows 98E, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I kept getting error messages. I took mother board back to the store where I purchased it and got another ECS K7S5A PRO. Again the same problems, now I'm thinking it is the Maxtor hard drive, so I take it back and get a new one. Again the same... (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2003 by Siguard.
Exact same thing, I have about 5 of these boards between friends and myself. I had one of them do nothing but spin the Hard drive, and make the CD Drive click continuously, no POST but it seemed to do it 95% of the time, the other 5% it would boot normally. I tried swapping EVERYTHING from a friends computer (Processor, RAM, Power Supply, CPU Fan, Case, Floppy Drives, you name it) and determined it MUST be the Motherboard. I used my friends M/B while I sent mine back. Guess what, now a... (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2003 by shdware.
for generic office use to 3d-gaming, this is a good, solid motherboard. earlier revisions of the bios are unhappy with certain system configurations, but once flashing to a newer version, all of these problems disappear.
the SiS735 chipset by no means competes with the nforce2 in terms of 3d gaming performance, but especially with using a modified bios (eg - Honey X) you can safely increase performance with this mainboard without unlocking the CPU.
i have used a k7s5a 1.0 since late '01,... (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2003 by Mrdogbert.
Computer doesn't recognize monitor and variable reliability on the VGA port. (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2003 by locky.
I built a system with 2000xp processor. On occasion it boots only with 100mhz, instead of 133mhz, causing the pc to be recognised as 1250xp. It also re-sets the time and date.
I've tried re-setting cpu set up in bios.
It doesn't do it all the time, and I have put a new battery in.
Any one help? (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2003 by Aidan.
Alot of people say this motherboard is not all that good,but I have had mine for about 8 months now and had no problems at all even when I upgraded the graphics card and sound card.And although the mb is not the fastest around I find my system [xp2000+,512mbddr,Geforce4200ti64mbddr] can handle even the latest games at very respectable fps and res. (read more)
Written on: 02/05/2003 by streamline20.
I have just perchased two ecs k7s5a boards biggest mistake of my life and also two ecs kvvm2 boards none of them are worth a hoot !you cant load window xp or 2000 without conflicks ! it wont pick up my xp 2100 chip and the bios flah utility is a joke ! my point is ecs should go into makeing refunds insteed of more of these boards ! i'm very displeased with there tech service and would rather get eaten by an aligator then buy another thing from them ! (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2003 by Barry.
I have had this mobo for about 6 months now. When i bought it i had everything built and I had the same problem with the power but no picture. I guess the the AGP slot on these boards are not great. I just kept messin with the video card and takin it out and puttin it back in and it finally worked. Only other bad points ( im not sure if this is the mobo's fault ) but my games crash a lot and ive had a few random reboots right outa nowhere. For the price its not bad but if your a gamer i... (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2003 by lee261169.
Just bought the K7S5A motherboard and a duron cpu.
This is the 3rd computer ive built, and should be the best motherboard, except..............my first attempt produced nothing!!!!! No power at all, took it all apart, just connected the power supply,and it started up. So, fitted it all back together, booted up fine, except there was a cmos error!!!!! Tried it about 10 times, same thing, couldnt get into the bios stteings to change anything, so I took the battery out!!!!!!! Now I have nothing... (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2003 by ggozzy.
I have installed 5 of these motherboards and have had no problems. If your thinking of getting one, then DO your homework check out for compatibility issues for your current hardware especially the graphics card. The wrong graphics card will freeze your system (gforce2 4400 is a gauranteed NO). Choose the right Ram if your going to get one of these boards then you can afford to get more ram. ITS a good board with a good price well done ELITE.
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Written on: 30/03/2003 by rand.
I have only had my k7s5a a couple of months and am pleased with it so far. Apart from my 32 bit 128 allinwonder graphics card locking up after an hour of combat flight sim'despite evey conceivable driver update, all seems well.I Have a dual fan 550 psu running a 1.3 duron on 384 of memory, but I am moving up to a 2.6ghz athlon, and hopefully 1 gig ddr memory, and would like to fit a 8x gforce 5800 fx graphics card, BUT..... the manual says its only a 4x agp slot, Yet it has no separations... (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2003 by Marinos.
I am having Elite Group K7S5A with an Athlon XP 1700 for more than a year and I am very happy. The reason I am writting this post is for people who say that the M/B is not good and especially for those who say that it freezes. I had this problem too. The only thing you have to do is to update the motherboard's BIOS. You can find a newer version of the BIOS on the Elite groups website http://www.ecs.com.tw
Before you change it find somewhere instructions on how to do it (DOS only) because you... (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2003 by fez.
I like a stable platform , this crashes on a regular basis whilst playing games (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2003 by flying scot.
Freezes and will not start up again. When it does it won't detect hardware like drives etc. installed 550w psu but still got the problem. Now going for new mobo. Taken this as a write off and put to bad experience. (read more)
Written on: 07/03/2003 by Homey.
Buit a System with this Elite Group ECS K7s5a board and It worked fine until I tried to upgrade to DDR. The DDR slots are Fake! They do not work. It runs fine with PC133 but I want DDR and thats what I paid for. Now I have to tear it all to hell and try to get some jerk to exchang the board and go through hell to get it back, Will it wok then? Probably not! (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2003 by Andy.
Recently had a K7S5A burn out. Turns out there are some issues with poor quality capacitors. Buyer beware! (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2003 by mani.
Overall the motherboard is good and value for money. (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2003 by Jimima.
Following on from my last post: I was recently playing with the BIOS on my mobo. I, although as Ive previously said have a solid working system, was able to reproduce your problem easily. The problem came when changing the cycle speed of the CPU itself from 100mhz to 133mhz. Switching on with this I got nothing - not even VGA display, cpu check, BIOS POST or anything. I have to resort to resetting the BIOS by using the jumper (4) to set the default speed back of the CPU (and memory) to... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2003 by chrome.
Good board. When you consider the price, the choice goes from good to Great. Have 2, one with XP1700+, one with XP2000+, both run with no problems. I leave the systems on 24/7 for months at a time. (read more)
Written on: 26/01/2003 by Pat.
In my experience, having built 8 PCs with this board..it's very reliable and cost-effective and provides a viable alternative to ABIT or ASUS products. However I have experienced problems with some holding BIOS settings, or turning off without notice. Returned for an exchange at the store from which I purchased it without any problems. Extremely compatible with existing hardware, unlike the VIA Chipsets and their Creative labs incompatibilities. All in all, very respectable product.. (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2003 by Erwin.
The motherboard works very well, I have a Athlon 2000+ on it with 512 Sdram installed. It is very stable and in combination with a nvidia geforce 440 videocard it`s an excellent game computer. (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2003 by Blkprince.
I haven't been this frustrated in a very long time. I bought the K7S5A motherboard and the 1.3 Duron processor, and that's when the problems begin. I have everything connected properly, I have doubled checked. When I turn the PC on I only get power, Hard drive spins, CD's light up and spin, leds light up properly but no video, no post, hard drive and CDROM just seems to keep cycling, hard drive seems like it is trying to read data, but still nothing. I took the first board back and got... (read more)
Written on: 17/01/2003 by brainman3.
A versatile board which will use either "old" SDR or "new" DDR without complaint. No speed freak but very stable & reliable - when treated right (see Power Supply & chipset cooling). Will run all 266FSB Athlon XPs with recent BIOS. Awesome "fan" support on the 'Net - great FAQs. This board has quite a "cult" of followers. NOT for the hardcore overclocker, but "loads o'fun" for the DIYer. A nice, inexpensive mobo and hence = Highly Rated - for what it is ... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2003 by Jason.
Did a DIY with the components and built a reasonable pc. Running with a Duron 1.2. Foolishly read an article to overclock the cpu. Gave it a bash, changed the cpu setting from 100/100 to 133/133. Now the screen remains black, not the result I was expecting. Anyone have any ideas on this? (read more)
Written on: 10/01/2003 by Singh.
This motherbaord has given me a week full of head aches. I kept on getting randomn re-boots and the blue screens of death. The motherbaord was very unstable and kept on crashing way too many times. I thought it was my programming but it turns out it was the board. I changed the board and its all fine now. ADVICE-DO NOT BUY CHEAP STUFF AS IT PERFROMS LIKEWISE! (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2003 by Carl.
Working in the I.T. industry, I can say that this board offers excellent value for money. As the cheapest board available in the UK (about £30 plus vat) you can not fault it. Onboard sound, Support of the AMD family of processors, DDR and SDRAM support make the board highly upgradable. Used in combination with a £35 Geforce 2 MX, SDRAM and a £50 XP processor you have a budget machine that will blow away most of the competition at the same price (all the competition will have integrated... (read more)
Written on: 08/01/2003 by Mazate.
http://pub65.ezboard.com/bk7s5amotherboardforum This is a fantastic resource for anyone that owns this motherboard. Every possible problem is addressed on this message board (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2002 by ian.
The CDRW drive is not recognised intermittently on startup, and the bios does not see it when you auto detect the drive.
The only solution is to put the CD drive on the Primary IDE channel with the Hard drive as this cures it. But this is far from ideal so perhaps older K7s5 mothers need the bios updating? As my motherboard is about 10 months old.
I suppose you get what you pay for (Garbage!!!!) (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2002 by Roland.
I thought I had all sorts of problems with this board. I'd never put together a PC before and I bought the obvious stuff - the K7s5a with AMD Athlon 2000+. I kept it cheap and bought a basic HD, a Netgear 311 card, a Jupiter CDRW and basic box. I had to muck about with the basic connections between the box and the mb before anything would happen (the details in the mb manual were wrong) and then since had loads of problems. I had massive boot problems when I tried to run the cdrw on ide2... (read more)
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