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Mobo vs Server Mobo

Q: Mobo vs Server Mobo

What is the difference between a regular old computer motherboard and a "server motherboard"? Are they faster? Do they have more ports?

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Putting together a build for a friend, however, I believe the motherboard may have been damaged or was damaged upon my taking part in the build. I assembled the parts, a 430w thermaltake psu, an asus mobo, e5200 intel processor, western digital hard drive, 2 gigs of GSkill, ati hd 4850 gpu and an LG dvd drive.

Posted, gave an error message about cpu fan error, I google it, it seemed to be relatively harmless. While in the bios the computer's signal disappeared, I attempted a reboot to no avail. No error codes, cpu fan stopped spinning. Removed memory, no error code, removed 4850, no error code, case fan connected to the motherboard spins when powered on, motherboard shows green light, no signal detected,

I tested the processor in another rig, and it worked fine, and the cpu fan spun fine. Tested another power supply with said motherboard and the motherboard fan would not spin and it would not post, and no error codes. Is my motherboard dead? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:New Build, Mobo green light, psu powers case fans off mobo, not cpu fan no beeps

check and recheck the connections on the board, if unsuccessful, make sure you haven t short-circuited the mobo, ...

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This problem has the configuration listed in my system specs below, which have just changed recently. My OCZ Vertex 2 died, RMA'ed but sold, and replaced with the Transcend SSD720, 2.5" SATAIII 64GB. Also sold my GPU...

Now, trying to get everything back on track. I reinstalled my OS on the SSD, but I can't for the life of me get the HDMI working. When reinstalling, I knew it was normal for only my Dell CRT to show up via its VGA connection, but then the main ViewSonic HD monitor never came on. I finally realized it wasn't responding to anything. The ViewSonic HD monitor is the only thing plugged in right now, on both VGA & HDMI, but will only work on the VGA. It had been working fine before the OCZ SSD died. No VGA problems. The onboard ATI Radeon HD 4250 is fully updated and all the drivers are installed and updated to the best of my knowledge. There is an update for the BIOS on the ASUS website that I had never installed, ever, but the only change from before was the SSD so that should not matter. I've even made sure I installed the specific driver for the monitor from the disc it came with. I tried playing around in BIOS, and (for once) no matter what graphics device order I set, (i.e., IGPX-PCI-GPX-etc) it always reverted to the mobo's VGA. And obviously, Device Manager is showing no yellow question marks and is generally no help right now...

Again, there is NO longer a standalone GPU/video card in this system, just the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3's onboard inter... Read more

A:Mobo not detecting HDMI? - ATI Radeon HD 4250 onboard ASUS mobo

It's plausible that your HDMI port on your MOBO is dead. Is it possible to obtain a GPU and try it's HDMI port?
It could be your monitor as well, do you have access to anything else supporting HDMI and see if your monitor connects?

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Hi all,

I have a MSI k7 pro via kt 266a mobo with an athlon xp1600, served me well, however time has moved on.
1/ MSIs website states the max cpu my mobo can take is xp2100 (upgradeing cpu would be cheapest option). Does anyone know any different?

2/ There are some good "bargains" in mobos, as low as 80 bucks Australian, able to take an AMD 64 3200 , based on SIs chipsets. Of the chipsets available, eg, Sis , Via , nforce, are folk noticing any "real world" difference between them.

I occasionally edit and render video-rendering times not a key consideration and occasionally play Lomac and Il2 flight sims. Thats it. Apart from surf the net.

Your input appreciated. Thanks

A:Advice required for mobo update or mobo replacement

i just bought an ecs N2U400-A MB, i already had a couple xtra processors so i didnt need to get the combo, but if I had got the combo, i beleive it came with an athlon xp 2400+ for around $100 american. so far i am very happy with the quality and performance of this new board. BTW, it is an nFORCE2 board

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Does ATI cards conflict with this mobo?
ASUS A8V DELUXE Socket 939 VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard
I heard there would be 'cause the mobo is a VIA. Is that true?
Should the mobo conflict with any of these below and forgive me for the video in a CPUs, Chipsets and Mobos board,
SAPPHIRE Radeon 9550 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card and or
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X800XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO AGP 4X/8X

A:ASUS mobo in conflict with ATI cards? (reaschering the mobo)

Have you asked ati yet? Read what the mobo manufacturer has to say about it?

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The above link is to the HP specs for the machine. The mobo is overheating and yes, i've done all the reg maint stuff. Let's call it dead, bury it and buy a new bride. I did upgrade the video and sound last year but those devices should be good for a few more yrs. This pc is strictly for gaming, music and my embroidery machine software.

I have never replaced a motherboard (nor cpu) before though I've done all else. My concern is that in my eagerness to get this girl back up an running, I overshoot and choose a board that won't support the current devices. I'd love to replace the cpu right now too, but w/ 2 bdays and christmas coming, I can't afford it.

So help me, geniuses. What motherboards would support the pos Pentium D 820 (S) DC 2.8 GHz socket 775, but still allow me to celebrate my 42nd birthday with a new cpu (a quad? ohh ahhh) next april? I have searched and searched, and it's probably staring me in the face, but I can't figure out the mobos.

I'm guessing some of these would work, but again, brain doesn't work as well as it should and I just cant figure it out. http://techreport.com/articles.x/8666/1

Thanks for your help.


A:Solved: Replacing ECS RC410-M mobo w/ Intel mobo - help pls.

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I am trying to put together a Server running for my home.

I have a two computers running socket 939 MOBOS and CPUs. I have enough pieces to put together another computer

Graphic card

Besides this old gear I have a special server case and RAID card. I tried to get the computer set up a while back and got errors from the MOBO. I made a half attempt to work it out but do not have the time or patience. I figured I would just buy another inexpensive 939 mobo and get it going. Based on the prices I am seeing for this mobo it has turned into a collectors item and worth more now than when they were cutting edge.

Should I just suck it up and pay $150 for a old MOBO or should I upgrade my home theater PC to a newer MOBO, with new Ram and CPU then take that mobo for the Server? That computer runs fine now with a 3800+ CPU, but a newer socket would allow me options for the future without paying a premium for old school technology. If you suggest a newer MOBO, I would appreciate suggestions on which MOBO and CPU for a Micro ATX case good for a HTPC.

BTW I am on the road more than at home so most of my work is done on a newer laptop.

A:Socket 939 Mobo or purchase a newer Mobo

You can do mobo/ 2GB RAM and a X2 AM2 for around $150, I would go that route.

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I'm upgrading a computer and I'm having difficulties with loading. I am replacing just the mother board, processor chip, and the ram chip. I am re-using the hard drives, cd/dvd drives, and everything else.

I've upgraded from:
an AMD chip to a P4 3.0e w/ HT
an unknown AMD mobo to a DFI PS85-BL ver B1 mobo

I will be using 512 mb ddr 400 pc3200 kingston ram

I already called DFI and they said that I need to unistall the system drivers. Of course, I tried uninstalling all device drivers and then shut down and rebuilt computer. When I booted, the computer asked for safe mode or boot normally. No matter what I select, it automatically reboots.

Any ideas, instructions, or definite fixes?

A:Upgrade Issues. Upgrading from AMD mobo to P4 mobo.

Watching over Gotham City...hey it's dark out here

Why Do u Wanna Upgrade to Pentuim 4
Just Asking

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Here is my mobo, will be here Thursday.

I want a Phenom II soon. I then started (after I purchased the motherboard first) got interested in getting an X3 and trying to see about unlocking the 4th core.

I have searched around and can find little information about anything other than Biostar and 790 chipsets unlocking the core.

If anyone has information that could help, it would be greatly appreciated.

Oh and if anyone here has this motherboard, how do you like it?

A:New Mobo, quick question (CPU/Mobo Related)

The motherboard looks pretty good... I am an Intel man though

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I have read several posts about issues with this already.

I had an ECS P4M800 Pro-M V 2.0 with a Pentium 4 2.88. I had a primary and secondary hard drive as well as a DVD RW on it. My brother-in-law originally build the computer some years ago. I got the dreaded call the other day, "Honey, the computer won't turn on."

DOA, fried MOBO. I ordered a Biostar A880 G + MOBO with integrated graphics, audio and LAN cards. Popped in an AMD Athlon 2 X 3 3.3G and two DDR 3 2G Ram sticks.

Fired that puppy up on my old hard drive. It ran through some system checks, and nada. I keep getting back to nothing.

I had a system backup set up to run, but the destination drive ended up being full, (without my realizing it) and now I'm up shit creek becuase the drive won't boot. I've got some important business stuff on that drive, which I know I can recover, but I would just like it to get up and run.

I have the install CD and it is a direct from Microsoft CD. Nothing specific to the old MOBO. What to do???? This was supposed to be my swan song. New computer and I was going to be rocking it out! zilcho.... Please help me out.

A:MOBO baked. Need to maintain 7 OS and files from HD on new MOBO

Describe "I keep getting back to nothing" in more detail.

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Howdy, I'm at my wits end here, and I was hoping one of you could point me in the direction of something else to try.

Working on friend's 2003ish eMachine (ick), because his motherboard chipset heatsink fell off. Used some thermal adhesive to stick the sucker back on, but when i hit the power button, nothing happens. However the motherboard led is on. So I pop in another working PSU that I had laying around, with the same thing happening.

At this point I figure the motherboard got fried, and ordered a no name gateway oem motherboard. I throw it in, and have the exact same issue. I try shorting the power pins to see if it was my power switch, and nada.

It might be that the processor was killed, but wouldn't the psu fan start up in that case? Or I ordered a dud motherboard with the same symptoms?

At this point I'm just not sure what step to take to resolve the problem. Any advice?

A:New Mobo LED green, PSU/Mobo fans won't spin

Run the motherboard outside the case with just CPU and memory installed. See if it starts. If not, the CPU could be fried or you have a defective motherboard. I hope you didn't use the old power supply with the replacement motherboard, if you did, you probably fried the 2nd motherboard

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Hi, I'm a tech in a school and I've got a problem outside my experience.
My server motherboard has died.
Its around four years old. The server will turn on, but not post.
I've tried disconecting all the devices but it just sits there.
The dvd drive opens, the lights are on, the dual power supply lights are both on.
The cpu fans are on, the mobo light is on.
But there is no post. At all. Nothing.
I work in a school and get limited support from the next level.
There is no backup server and tomorrow is going to be ugly.
Its my problem. I have several fellow techs I'll call on, but I'd like to start getting my head around a path as soon as possible. Its sunday here.
I assume I have to get a new server motherboard and install it.
One friend has said, "do that, and there is a fair chance the server will just bootup"
Its what I'd do for a PC so I'm hoping it will be the same.
The current motherboard is a Asus NCCP-DL rev2

Any advice for a direction welcome

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Hello once again my fellow PC users. Got an issue, need some advice or a swift slap in the face. Whichever comes first.

I've got a MSI Neo V2.0. The MSI info page on this mobo is here:

It's important to note that the mobo box is exactly "Neo V2.0". It does NOT say "Neo 2 V" or "Neo-V V2.0" etc... It is an MS-7030.

Here is the issue. This is running Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition.
We originally set this machine up with a software RAID in Windows. But recently the system had some kind of crash and the software RAID was useless for recovery. And because the disks were Dynamic disks, most recovery tools couldn't access the partitions. It was a big mess, but we finally got some files recovered.
After that was over we decided to do a hardware mirror instead. And not use Dynamic disks. The HDDs are IDE, and the mobo, which is nForce3 250, supports IDE RAID.

Here is where it gets weird. Windows is already installed onto one of the HDDs while we were recovering off the 2nd. So when we were done, we stuck the 2nd HDD in the case and booted up Windows. The HDD showed up as a foreign disk etc... but we were able to reactivate it and see the old data, which is cool, and important to note, we CAN SEE the data.

So next we went into the BIOS, turned on RAID support for the primary and secondary IDE channels. Then went into the RA... Read more

A:Trying to get RAID 1 working on MSI mobo with Server 2003

A quick update:

I just turned off auto-restarting after a BSOD and then setup the RAID again just as before, choosing NOT to clear disk data. This time I actually just get missing NTLDR. ARG. I rebuilt the array, and this time I get the BSOD which gives little detail except the code 0x0000007B. Which MS says could be bad drivers or a boot sector virus (makes sense huh?).

The plot thickens...

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I have an eMachine desktop that Iam repairing for a friend,
we have come to the conclusion (from experience) that because it is dead
even when trying to turn it on that it has suffered from Capacitor Plague
(Perhaps in the PSU then damaging the MoBo)
A new PSU has been tried and it still doesn't work
WHAT Type of 'cheap' motherboard could I replace the current one with?
it has a Celeron processor so we will be looking to conserve that..
I was looking at this...
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119412/rb/26825319999 (incase his CPU is socket 478)
will this one be compatible?
My friend just wants a cheap solution...
Ive recommended the new PSU / MoBo and extra RAM (at least another 256Mb to
bring it to 512)

any recommendations would be helpful....


A:What MoBo can I replace an eMachine MoBo with..?

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The HP ProDesk 400 G1 MS motherboard is bad.  It is a MS 7860 v1.2.    It has a special connector for the USB ports on the mobo.   Can somebody recommend a new mobo replacement? Thanks. Darryl

A:Replacement Mobo for MS 7860 v1.2 (bad mobo)

Just saw the schematic and the connector is the USB 3.0 mobo connector that combines two USB 3.0 ports.   What do you ask for on a new mobo? Thanks.

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Hey guys, I am building my second system and am just wondering what mobo to get.

I don't full understand the advantages that a 64bit system will bring but I know that a dual processor will do wonders for my work flow (I have a 3D modeller who renders alot). I was just wondering if you know of a dual processor mobo which is also 64bit. That would be the best of both worlds in my opinion.

Any advice you can give would be great.

A:64 bit mobo vs dual processor mobo?

Any preferences between intel and AMD?

If you are going AMD, get a socket 939 motherboard with the nforce4 chipset, like this one for example:

Then pop a dual core, 64bit CPU in it:

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Hi...I have a motherboard with a few bulging capacitors and the board is toast IMO...I saw somewhere that you can replace the capacitors though..So I was wondering is it better to get a new motherboard or replace the capacitors ?/ any info is appreciated...

A:Is it better to replace mobo capacitors or get new mobo ??

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Sorry I didnt read the guide of how to make a good post.

I have an Emachine for about 4yrs now. 2 weeks ago I turned it on and it turned right back off, I thought it was the power supply, but it wasnt. I took it to Best Buy, told me it was the motherboard. I dont want to spend money on another mother board since emachine sucks, I already spent $400 last year to get my cd drive fixed. U guys say an ATX motherboard is good and cheap, its way better than an emachine mobo. The problem is I dont know which ATX mobo(a good one) to get for my emachine. My emachine is a W350.

Please respond

A:Which ATX mobo should I get to replace with my emachine mobo

The tricky part of this is you will probably have to not only replace the motherboard, but also the power supply, processor and memory

Here's an example:

The power supply is old and you wouldn't want to damage a new motherboard would you. The old memory is DDR. The new board takes DDR2 memory. You may be able to use the old CPU or processor

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I know that since during a windows installation, certain libraries are installed specifically for certain types of chipsets/cpu's and that an abrupt hardware change can cause failures. I read on an article somewhere that you can migrate windows without hardware errors if you manage to get windows to operate on a politically correct mode similar safe mode to boot up with minimal functionality before installing the appropriate drivers for the new board.

I want to install my G41 intel mobo from an old am2 socket mobo, both cpu's are 64 bit capable and I was wondering if there would be any difficulties or questions during the migration. Overall I want to avoid a complete OS re-install.

A:Migrating from AMD mobo to Intel [Windows Server 2008 R2 x64]

I have had this procedure work only once perfectly by deleting anything that pertains to the original motherboard in the device manager before the swap like processors which your going from AMD to Intel and chipset drivers or any others you think might be ones to remove or disable or uninstall and then you could try starting in safe mode with networking the first start up and see how it goes but, have a plan for a fresh install just in case the swap does not work correctly and good luck,

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as I do with Windows 7? or there is a special set of drivers for Server OS?

I just installed Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for a client, I just want to be sure before I screw something up.

A:Do I install mobo drivers the same way for Windows Server 2008 R2...

When I set my 2008 server up I used the drivers labeled server if available, or the regular Win 7 drivers if they weren't. As I recall, server 2008 didn't need much if anything for the motherboard as the default drivers did the job. The problematic ones for me were for a scanner.

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Hi there

Having played with vmware's Hypervisor ESXi and got a "rubbish" hardware server working -- mainly as a POC (Proof of Concept) I want to go further and build a PROPER server obviously as cheap as possible.

I'd like to start with a MOBO that has MINIMAL onboard rubbish -- don't need SOUND / LAN or even a VIDEO card onboard - although Video on a server isn't a big issue.

I do want at least 4 slots for memory -- most Mobos I've seens come with only 2 slots which give me 8GB RAM at the most (2 * 4 GB modules) plus at least 3 or 4 PCI slots. I really would like to have as much as 32 GB RAM potentially available -- not initially but upgradeable.

Ideally Mobo should be based on the INTEL chipset and possibly support for DUAL CPU's -- although initially I'd start with only one (a QUAD processor).

Need enough PCI slots -- at least enough for 2 NIC's, NAS and RAID storage controllers.

Mobo should be also capable of "PCI Passthrough" allowing for example a PCI soundcard to be attached to a Virtual machine running on the server.


A:Good Mobo for server WITHOUT load of onboard junk

You will want onboard video, else you end up putting a video card into the box and using up a slot. As far as LAN goes, if you can find an Intel board, or one with the right Broadcom NIC's, the onboard NIC may also work just fine with ESXi. Then you can combine them with stand alone NIC's to have dedicated NIC's for everything. 1 for management, 1 for VM's, 1 or 2 for ISCSI uplinks to a SAN, etc.

I'm not sure you will benefit from a dual CPU setup. Almost without question, you are going to run out of I/O bandwidth to the hard drives on a commodity motherboard or memory before you need the second CPU. Plus, if you buy 1 CPU today and 2 years later want to buy a second CPU, you may find it hard to find or expensive to purchase (since supply will be low a few years down the road).

If you can swing it, your best bet would be to put together a storage device to house your datastores. In a home environment, where fibre channel is cost prohibitive, you will be almost exclusively running ISCSI. There are some free Linux distros out there which are well known for setting this stuff up easily. FreeNAS is one of them, and OpenFiler (the one I use) is another. With this box running the datastores, it's unnecessary to really put any significant drive storage space on the ESXi box at all. By having the data residing on the SAN, you have the ability to connect multiple ESXi hosts and see the shared data.

This might be getting more involved than you want at this point. ... Read more

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This mobo got me wondering, packs alot of specs :
18 SATA ports (10 are SATA3 ports from the Intel X99 Express chipset, 8 are SAS ports stemming from the LSI SAS 3008 controller) and five PCI-E 3.0 x 16slots for 4-way graphics cards! 600$ motherboard for some serious business, I think this would be ideal for a video editing workstation..

A:Ultimate server / Workstation mobo? Asrock X99 Extreme 11

I'm probably one of the few that uses the ASRock Z87 Extreme11
There is always a market for their Extreme11 series boards. I use mine for a bounch of stuff gaming, media server, video editing with all 22 SATA ports even 2way SLI. Might be a bit over kill 4 way SLI but who knows...

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Hi, although posted as a question in this forum - I have a picture showing how the motherboard slots looks like. Does any one recognize the type of slots? which PCI/AGP/SCSI/Express or other are they? can they carry any video gaming graphic card? (like nvidia geforce 9600 or so)? what is the suggested operation for such board to make it into a gaming machine? Thanks

A:IBM server with M71IX mobo - can it utilize Gaming video cards

It would seem that you have PCI-X slots, as for PCI Extended. I can't think of any gaming card that fits into those slots. You also have PCI slots, those are your best bet, but they too will only take up to 8400 GS or so. Newest games won't propably even try to run with that.

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I replaced the mobo on my Dell 5510. Purchased from Dell. Sticker on mobo says BIOS ver A05. About every other day I get blue screen and physical dump of memory. My system info says my BIOS ver is A07. How do I go about changing BIOS? Is it as simple as pulling battery for 15 seconds? Some have offered this suggestion but I get a little worried at "friends" advice.

A:Replaced MOBO on Dell 5510 BIOS sticker on MOBO says A05, system in still has BIOS of A07

Removing the battery won't change the BIOS version. You need to download the version you require from the Dell site. From Windows you "flash" the BIOS. Take your time preparing for this. If anything goes wrong you will wreck your motherboard.

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I installed a new motherboard, and it does not seem to be getting power. The green light is off.

When I first installed the motherboard, it was connected to the old power supply. When I would plug it in, I got a clicking noise, but nothing else. I figured since it was only a 250w psu, and motherboard manual states 400w+, I put in a 500w power supply. Now I get nothing. Not even clicking noises. The whole thing wont even run POST. Literally, nothing happens when I plug it in, or click the power button. Yes I tried the switch on the back of the power supply. It's active PFC.

I just installed a P5G41-M LX2 motherboard
I installed a 500w OCZ stealthxstream2 power supply

I already connected the 24 pin and the 4 pin power cables.

Can anyone please give me some advice? (to at least get the green light on)?

I would try a new processor or new ram, if this showed any signs of power going to the motherboard at all.

A:No mobo light, new PSU, new mobo

Well, I don't know about a motherboard that requires "400 Watts". I think that the CPU, and even more importantly, the graphics card combine to set the tone of how much power is likely to be drawn.

Moving along, the "clicking" you heard could be the PSU cutting out due to a short circuit. Check the board to case standoffs, and make certain every one you have in place, has solder lands under the screws. (These are intended to be grounded). If there is no solder land under a screw, remove that particular standoff. BTW did you hook up the ATX (4 pin) connector, the plug near the CPU, and did you connect the PCIE- 6 pin connector to the video card? (This assumes the card you're using needs one)

That bad news is that you may have damaged the board, if indeed it was a short.

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I am trying to hook up a server we could not get any of our mobo's to POST just power up. he brought over his server of similar stats to test the hardware and when we put one of my ram sticks in now his is doing the same thing. there is no apparent damage no burns or blown capasitors nor does the ram seem damaged. However the computer is now displaying the same symptoms as the others powers on but we get no info on the monitor. We have tried clearing the CMOS but still nothing.
We really need help here at first we thought my 4 mobo's were bad as they are old and havnt been used in several years, but then his went down and even though he volunteered I feel bad he is down a server.

A:Can RAM fry a mobo?


Yes Incompatible memory Chips can fry the motherboard-

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Hello all,
I've recently come accross a processor here's the spec: Pentium 4 D 920+ 2.80Gz Dual Core Processor 930 940 950 . I've decided i'm going to have a go at putting a mid range machine together. Would any of the pros here be kind enough to give me some advice or suggestions on a motherboard compatable with this. Thanks a million. p.s. budget is limited but would like half decent machine. thanks in advance.

A:need mobo. Help please?

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I want to buy a new compter, lets get that out. I cannot though, I dont have enough money, so I want this computer to last as long as possible.

I Have currently

P4 - 1.6GHz S478B
Radeon 9550 128MB AGP
2x256mb SDRAM (133mhz i believe)

Ok, the rest is irrelevent (ask if you need it)

More specifics though

Motherboard is a
Supports the mPGA478B Socket

The RAM Section says this

The memory controller can support both DDR and SDRAM. It can offer bandwidth up to 2.1GB/s under DDR266. blah balh about SDRAM (im getting DDR)
284-pin 2.5v unbuffered DIMM is the DDR thingy.

The mobo has a AGP Slot, in which I want to either keep my current 9550 or get something like a 6600GT or equal

A:Old Mobo, Old CPU. Need Help.

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ok got a computer dumb question but how can you tell what kind of ram you have by just looking a it ???? i have a regular dimm card laying around and i would like to know if i can use it in my case but i have no idea what kind of ram it is......another Q if i do insert it and its not the right kind of ram will it not work or ruin my mobo or what? jus some Q's for you guys....:grinthumb

A:mobo+ram help

I dont think thats a dumb question at all, if not a very good one

I dont know how to tell what kind it is, other then the brand should be printed on the chips...

If you put the RAM into your mobo and your mobo doesnt support it, it shouldnt fry anything, just not work - ie: your system wont boot.

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Ok how about these boards? Which would you have in your rig? (if any) My budget is limited and the price is right on these.

Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI


Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI


Ok guys, im stuck as to what is going on here. Be patient because I do not have a great amount of experience in this area.

A week a go my comp restarted randomly a couple of times. Then it would not boot properly one day. Instead of a blue light I got a red light on the front panel, and nothing would appear on the monitor. Everything seemed to spin up but no video and the red light. I tried reseating everything, clearing the cmos/bios, getting a new battery, trying to start it without as many parts as possible, and blowing it out. All to no avail.

I figure at this point its probably my mobo or psu. I test the psu manually with a voltmeter to the 24 pin. Everything looked normal to me, but the diagram I used did not match my exact connecter. I did not get any unusual readings.... just the 3.5, 5, 12 I am supposed to?(if I can recall correctly).

I replace the mobo. The front led shows up all blue now. No video however! The keyboard lights flash and everything spins up.
The inside LEDs for mobo troubleshooting are reading normal.
Is it the PSU? If not, what is it?

Some details-
*Biostar tforce 4 u 775 (old) to a Biostar TP45 E (new) (I tried to replace it with a similar mobo since i am very new to this
*Pentium 4 3.2 ghz I believe
*not sure what the psu is, no markings on the sides so I got to pull it out....

A:New Mobo no Vid

Also, I figured I should mention my vid card is agp express. There is no onboard video. The vid card's fan spins although this may not be an indication of a working vid card. I doubt it is that being how my computer died in the first place.

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I don't know if anyone has been to the DFI website lately, but it has to be the SINGLE MOST IMPOSSIBLE site to navigate. There is no support or download section to speak of and the contact us segment is hard to find and understand.

Now, having said that, I recently reinstalled windows on my desktop. When I went online to get my drivers for my mobo, I was quite shocked to find I cannot locate them. I have a DFI Infinity NF 500 series board and I have googled every possible string I can think of and scoured their website trying to find SOMETHING to help me.

If anyone knows anything about this, and could help, I would be eternally grateful. Thank you.


A:DFI mobo

You are right! What a pain...

try here:

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Hi TSGers, I have a soyo dragon plus mobo, xp1700, 512mb pc2100ram, geforce 4600 ti 128,400watt ps, 2 80gig hd's, dvd etc. Last week it started to freeze with a loud beep coming from the speaker. It usually happened in games but could happen anytime. I "had" to reboot. I have plenty of fans and they all work. Then today it froze solid. It will post, read the memory then will freeze. It doesn't let me into the bios. I can't even boot from a floppy. I tried clearing the bios and it seemed to work because I can now see the soyo logo at boot up. I tried different video and sound cards that work fine in my other pc, not. I only have the video card in and still can't get into bios.I get the same beeps that I always got when it worked. Memory tested good.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx Ed
Sorry for the long post.

A:cpu or mobo ?

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I've got a fried mobo, I don't know the brand or model, so it poses a problem replacing it... Here's some specs... It is running a 1.4 ghz T-Bird and has 2 DDR and 2 SDRAM slots, etc, etc. I have 3 pictures of this mobo... If anyone can identify the mobo, or find any other mobo that will replace it (and fit in the case) PLEASE help me out.... The link below contains 3 pictures of the mobo.


A:help with mobo

The only mobo I can think of off hand that had 2 DDR (pc2100) and two sdram slots is the ecs k75SA. the board is still available on the net.

as far as replacing it you shuld be able to find a good deal on a via KT266 or a KT333 mobo both will work fine with your 1.4 GHZ Tbird. of course neither will work with sdram so if you arent allready using DDR and you dont want to upgrade to faster memory then you should look around for another ECS K75SA.

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So im just going to make a list of events.

Front USB Damage (months ago)

Lost sound
got some power overage error (i think)
Over-clocking error
Did not load windows
clean computer checked connections
did not load windows
unplugged the broken usbs from the mobo (no luck)
reset the bios to default (no luck)
shorted the cmos(no luck)
unplugged the HD to see if that was the issue and go an error saying no HD found so then i though maybe the HD isnt getting enough power so

unplugged the DVD-ROM the g15 keyboard and some Logitech wireless mouse AND IT LOADED WINDOWS!

BUT there is still no sound.i have an on-board sound card. people can hear my voice on vent but i cant hear ANYTHING and i still dont know whats wrong with my computer and idk what parts to replace... halp

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Is it possible for a stick of RAM to go bad and damage/kill the MOBO? Or vice-versa: can a Mobo (like memory controller etc) go bad and ruin a stick of RAM?

A:RAM vs. Mobo

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I just got my asus today and something is wrong. The power supply seems to be giving off some high pictched noise. Even when the computer is off. How do i fix this?

A:The new mobo

??? You got a new motherboard, and your PSU started making sounds ???

I'm sorry if I sound a bit disbelieving, but this is the first time I've heard about something like this...

Are you sure you connected the powerline to the mobo correctly? (It's really connected, not just halfway in?)

That's the only thing I can come up with off hand, but it seems unlikely...

How old is your PSU? You're sure you haven't done anything wrong when you installed the mobo? (I guess not, as you'd most likely have a smoking (literally) motherboard by now....)

Did you enable any "wake-on" features?
Any hibernation mode?

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whats going on,
wondering if anyone has any extra insight for me on a problem.

new pc built a few months ago. to shorten this a bit, i ended up testing my ram with memtest86 and a windows based memtest. i cant figure out if the problem is the ram or the slots/mobo.

say we have chip x and chip y
and slots a1, a2, b1, b2
chip x works in all slots no errors with memtest86, yet shows an error with the windows memtest
chip y works shoots 10k+ errors at the end of test 5 @ 98% on slots a1 & a2. shows no errors on slot b1 or b2.
chip x in slot a1 & chip y in slot b1 (this is the dual channel configuration for the mobo) test 5 @ 98% about 3-4k errors.

so basically im stuck with
a: changing the chip makes a difference
b: changing the slot the chip is in also makes a difference

i was also getting event id 1003 but im not sure if its because of a large pagefile, that i just changed recently.

A:Bad Mobo or RAM?

Anyway you can test in another system?

My initial guess is its the motherboard. Memtest86 outside of the OS should be the most trusted of the 2 (the other being the test in windows). So if it shows up fine for chip x then I'd say its a good module.

How are the connections on the ram? You could try cleaning them with some high percentage isopropyl alcohol (higher than 80%).

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Came back from vacation. Turned on my computer. Begins to start up and when it reaches the Windows splash screen, it abruptly shuts down. Then, when I press the on/off switch on the front of the computer, nothing happens. Found a switch on the back of the computer which I switched off and turned back on. That made a green light on Mobo go off and then come on again. Then I hit the on button on the front of the case and the computer started up again, only to repeat the entire sequence again. Any thoughts? Computer is older Pentium IV, running XP. Wasn't having problems before vacation. I'm selecting last known good configuration at startup as computer recognizes that something has gone amiss. Would starting in safe mode be an idea?


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are there any mobos that i can find that i can use ddr 400 ram. i have left over ram and dvd players, and my brother wants a comp. i just need to find something i can use this ram with.

A:mobo using ddr 400 ram ?

Sure, some retailers have new boards and there are plenty available on sites like eBay. Obviously its not going to be new tech. Building a computer around RAM isn't worth it when you can get so much more performance out of a basic new setup.

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damn. After a whole host of probs, I have eventually got a working rig. I upgraded my 8800 SLI to GTX 260s, got a C1 BIOS error, mucked around with memory, got a new PSU.. then got MBR failure that I rectified. So far, so good. Then I ram 3D mark, and got a mark lower than I did with the 88s.
After the C1 error, I eventually got things working with some 800 mhz mem, as the 1066 just wouldnt take at all. I am assuming the mem controller is on the way out, as the 1066 mem works ok in my second rig. Anyways..the upshot is, I am fairly much convinced the mobo is on the way out. So, I am looking for recomendations for a new mobo. Rig spec is as below, and in terms of what I want, a good clockable boardthat can take a quaddie and support 1066 mem. apart from that, open to offers!

Spec is
Q6600 CPU
2 x GTX 260 GPUs in SLI
1000w Abslute PSU
2x OCZ SLI 1066 mem sticks
4 x 500gb HDs in RAID
2 x DVD burners, SATA
Cheers all

A:Need new mobo.. which one?

Best Board I have found for that and becoming hard to find:

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Hello, I have just bought an AMD Quad Core 9750 and a new mobo (Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H Socket AM2+/ AMD 780G/ DDR2-1066/ A&V&GbE/ ATX Motherboard). I want to know if everything will go together seamlessly. Gigabyte said the mobo was compatible with the processor but do i need to know something else such as new BIOS or something? I am running windows Vista 32bit and have 3gb of ram. My psu is a Silencer 420watt *460 max*. Is there enough power since the cpu is 125 watts? Am I leaving a crucial bit of information out so you cannot answer my question? LOL I'm so anxious because my last cpu i bought didnt work i.e. no screen images. Thank you for your help.

A:New CPU and Mobo - What to know?

What about your vga? What specs are on it.

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Hey guys I was wonderinn if i should change my mobo or my ram? Because currently i have to sticks or ram ( 512 mb and 256) That my pc cant run so i thought maybe if i sold those i can buy new ones that my mobo can run at 266 mhz. Or i thought maybe i should get a new mobo so i can right my pc2700 512 mb stick. Whats your oppinoin? Thankyou for lookin :approve:

A:New Mobo Or Ram??!??

Forgot to add, if you need sytem specs look in my profile .Heres a link to my mobo

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Hello, I have an agp board right now. I want to move to pci-x. I also have a nice 20 pin psu. Almost all the pci-x mobos I have found are 24pin. ARe there and adapters or something out there I could use?

A:24 pin PSU? Need new mobo

Yes there are.

If you Google for 20 to 24 pin psu adapters, you should find plenty. Typically, they only cost a few dollars.

Regards Howard

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I recently was charged with fixing a moderately expensive computer., I have tried testing every component and replaced the CPU, but I can't find the problem. My comclusion is that the cheap, no-name PSU killed the Mobo and damaged the CPU (It was BSODing like mad before). The person who I'm fixing it for told me that it was shutting down seemingly randomly. A new CPU patched the problem, but it started getting more and more frequent until *Bang* , it just died. The 2600+ is still good, but the 2200 that was there is toast and everything but the PSU and mobo seem to work fine.

I just need a second opinion...

A:New Mobo necessary?

You'll need a new PSU anyway, so why don't you start with that?
If that doesn't solve it, get another mobo of the exact same brand and model, that way you don't have to reinstall windows.

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Hey Guys,

Just a quick question, would this RAM: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/4GB-...12800-(1600)-CAS-9-XMP-DHX-New-connector-165V

Run on this mobo: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/MSI-P55-GD65-Intel-P55-Motherboard-LGA1156

Friend said it'd need to be OC'd for some reason? I see 1600 on the mobo and the RAM is 1600?



A:This RAM on this Mobo?

Oh, and it would run a i5: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Inte...-Core-266GHz-DMI-25-GT-s-8MB-Cache-95W-Retail

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