Duron 700MHz tower

A typical PC of late 2001, AMD Duron processor clocked at 700MHz. This machine is here only to be compared with similar machine from similar period, a Pentium III 800MHz. Overall performance is similar.
Durons were AMD's "lite" processors comparing to fully-featured Athlons, like Celerons were for Pentiums in Intel's world. However, these CPUs were nice to overclock and efficient, although they heated a bit. Duron-based computers were popular and used everywhere - from offices to home computers, and sometimes even for gaming.

Approx. year 2001

Class ATX
Speed 700MHz
(easily overclockable to 825MHz)
(3x128MB DIMM)
ROM Phoenix
Mainboard Lucky Star K7VAT
Graphics nVidia TNT2
(AGP, 32MB)
Sound on-board VIA Audio Codec
Ports I/O Onboard USB, COM, 1x LPT,
PS/2, 2xPATA, FDD, Gameport.
Network 3Com 3C905, PCI, RJ45
System expansion bus 1x AGP slot
1x AMR Slot
1x 16-bit ISA slot
5x PCI slot.
Floppy/removable media drives 1x 3.5" 1.44MB floppy disk drive
Hard disks/ATA devices: Seagate ST317221A PATA (17GB)
LG 48x CD-ROM drive

Peripherals in collection:
 - None

Other boards:


MR2800 AMR modem
Casing ATX tower
Non-standard expansions: None
Operating system(s): MS Windows ME

Contents: Starting, usage Drivers  


Everything is quite standard here. You can overclock CPU by increasing FSB, it can go even to 850MHz.

Unlocking multiplier is possible, but it requires access to processor - you need to short very small bridges on processor's body. The exact procedure is described here. The thing is to link each broken connection in a row described "L1", there should be 4 connections. Usually pencil's graphite is sufficient, but may not last for too long if computer is subjected to vibrations.

If you plan to use AMR card, make sure that primary/secondary jumpers are set properly. If not, you may not see both sound chip as well as modem.





K7VAT Manual
VIA 4-in-1 driver v. 4.43 - i found that v4.53 had some stability problems in WinME.
VIA Vinyl driver for K7VAT audio chip
MR2800 modem - drivers for Windows 9x/ME/2K, manual in PDF.