RIP: Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 (2004-2006)

It is with profound personal sadness that I must announce the passing away of Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394, aged just 3 years old.  Below is a picture of GA-7VT600 in happier days:

It started a couple of weeks ago when my home PC began to randomly reboot.  Then came the slight burning smell.  Then, on Monday evening, GA-7VT600 quietly slipped away to join that great PC junkyard in the sky.

I’ve yet to bring myself to carry out an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but there appears to be a noticeable amount of meltage near the vicinity of the ATX power connection 😦

I know people always say that when a pet dies, that they’ll never get another one.  Not me though — no sooner had the monitor gone black, I’d grabbed my laptop & credit card and was busy shopping for new kit at Big Pockets and MicroDirect.

Apart from my very first PC (back in 1996), I’ve always preferred to build my own from scratch.

After much pondering, I decided to go for an Asus Vintage-AH1 barebones system, with an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ and 1GB of Geil PC3200 Dual Channel memory.  I was tempted to go for a sexier Shuttle barebones system but I’ve got at least 3 hard drives and 2 DVD writers to cram into the new PC.

  1. Ouch!

    The results of the autopsy are through — although the PC was plugged into a surge protector, something has cause the ATX motherboard connection to short/fuse and melt:

    It feels like the ATX connector on the motherboard has physically welded itself to the PSU connection, so there’s no possibility of salvaging either.  That’s really annoying as it’s a high end Thermaltake power supply and (what was for it’s time) a top end motherboard — however, both are well out of warranty so I’ll just have to write them off 😦

  2. alex said:

    o god im scared.. this computer is barely 6 months old and its restarting by itself very often… what can be causing this??

  3. Darrell Gaynor said:

    I could have wrote the message my self. My GA-7vt600 1394 has been soft rebooting and a slight smell of burning for 3 months. Last night it tried than blew the power supply.
    I’m trying to find another as I loved the dual Bios and most everythin about the MB.
    Morning in OK.

  4. Raffi said:

    I have this motherboard!!

  5. gw said:

    I am about to buy a second HDD. Now I have an IDE (Maxtor ATA133). I am curious about your experience with SATA HDDs on the 7VT600 1394 motherboard.
    Many people complain abuot the reliability of SATA; and this MB was issued in 2003, at the very beggining of SATA, so I worry a bit of it’s “childhood desease”. How well the KT600 chipset work together with sata?
    Anyway, which HDD do you recommend IDE or SATA?

  6. Jerry said:

    Oh Oh ! I have the same problem – random system power offs and investigation reveald power supply legs welded to motherboard… I think both are now trash.
    The question is what motherboard to buy as I was quite happy with it (until it melted !)
    Any advice ?


  7. Raffi Kiraz said:

    I got a motherboard just like this, except i have the ATX layout of this!!

  8. Viscount Hood said:

    I have just had this problem. My beloved Gigabyte GA-7VRXP’s ATX connector was welded to the power supply’s end. Mine looks similar to yours but more black. I pulled it off but the mobo’s connectors are badly damaged.
    Now trying to find a replacement socket A mobo on ebay.

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