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Q: CPU or mobo?

Hi all,
My son's computer has been running reasonably well (but hot) for a year. Last Saturday it crashed, requiring power down 3 times to restart. I went through this process many times: crash after ~20 seconds, power down, power on, no video or beep, power down, no video, POST reporter sez either 'System failed CPU test' or 'System failed due to CPU overclocking' with about equal frequency, power down, power on, POST, run for ~20 seconds, crash. On those occasions when I could get into the BIOS, the CPU temp. was 57C--normal for this system. A couple of times written on the POST screen was 'BIOS checksum error', but I think that was an artifact from previous crashes.

The computer: Athlon XP 1800 Palomino on an Asus A7V333, AMD HS + fan, 512 MB Samsung DDR 2700 in slot 1, Asus GeForce 4 Ti4400 video. The PSU was replaced (with an Antec 350 watt, I believe) 5 months ago. The system has never been overclocked. All BIOS settings are 'Auto' or default in jumper-free mode.

I've perused this and other forums and found many posts concerning 'System failed CPU test', but no consistent cause or solution offered. This computer has always run around 60C at idle and a couple of times shut down automatically when the CPU hit 75C. Do you think we finally baked the CPU, or could it be a MB problem after all this time?


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A: CPU or mobo?

hmmm, it could be a variety of things.

Check the positioning of the heatsink... make sure it isn't slightly tilted off the cpu.

Also, unplug all other devices (cdroms, HDDs, sound card, et cetera) leaving just the RAM, cpu, and video card. Power on with that and see if that continues.

Have you use the jumper on the mobo to reset the CMOS? I don't see why that would cause it, but you should try it nevertheless.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I want a new AMD supporting mobo but my friend, who majors in hardware engineering says its really hard to set it up. Is this true? What will I need to know to set up a new mobo to work with my current hardware

A:New mobo?

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it started out with my psu burning out so i got a new one.
when the new on was put in no video but the drives all were spining.
after reading online it seemed to be that my mobo was dead. it was a am-37
emachines board so i got a used one that was tested, but when all hooked up
the same thing happend, no video beeps but everything else seemed fine, so i thought i got a nother dead board. so this time i got a new board, not a am-37 but one that would take the amd 2600+ chip i had had from the beginning, and was going to install new software. but once again nothing no video or signel. what is wrong? please any ideas?

A:mobo help ??????

You`ve changed the PSU.You`ve changed the motherboard.Therefore, it must be the monitor cable/plug,the connections to the motherboard,or something else.

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Ok, so I am now getting to the nitty gritty of which parts I need for my new rig and I am seriously looking at the mobo - as this is obviously the most significant component.

I am using an AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor and originally was looking at the ASUS A8V DELUXE ATX AMD Motherboard.
It offers pretty much everything I need but I am curious about a couple of things:

Firstly, SATA 2 as upposed to the current SATA 1 - is it worth getting a different board so I can use faster drives?

Also DDR2 RAM, should I be looking into that as upposed to DDR?

I had a look at what board offers these, and the Asus A8N-SLI offers this, but it doesnt have many PCI cards, and offers PCI-Experss instead, which wouldn't suit my current needs - I use an AGP graphics card, and SLI isn't wide spread with graphic cards yet anyway.


A:Which MoBo?

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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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This is a problem that a friend has been having on his desktop for a year or more now.

There is a beeping problem, different types of beeps. Sometimes there are constant beeps with slow pause, sometimes fast pauses. You can sometimes get this to stop by shutting off the computer and leaving it off for a few minutes and then starting it again.

There has also been problems with it restarting on its own but not recently.

Just today the monitor started going blank at random times and needs to be turned on and off (just the monitor) to be fixed.
What does this sound like? I need to pick any new hardware up today.


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Q: mobo

does any one know of a cheapish mobo that will take 2 skt am2+ 16gb of ram and 2 or more pcie x16 slots
(in the uk)

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Im building a rig for a friend of mine, and am pondering on which mobo to get him. I thought I'd hear your two cents The rig will be as followed:

AthlonXP 2500+ [FSB awaits]
1GB PC4000 OCZ Performance Series
Sapphire 9800PRO
Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive

As you can see, the board will need to support SATA. An overclocking friendly board would is nessary. Im thinking Abit NFS7, how about you?

A:What mobo for a new rig?

i would go with the NFS7. very oc friendly.

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Hi Guys ! + Gals ! Going 2 buy or upgrade my RAM. Got 512mb of SDRAM 133mhz now+ like to get best ram 4 puter. Thinkn KINGSTON DDR 512 ? Think puters mobo can only handle 266mhz. Any thoughts or hints ? Thx ALL Dean

A:Best Ram for Mobo ?

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The ASUS P5N-D NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX or the EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX?
I'm also confused between all of these Zalman fans as well? Just check out the models, and look at the prices:

A:Better Mobo?

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I kinda painted myself into a corner again I picked up a ASUS crosshair IV in hopes of a general speed boost but I'm having odd random lag, its been about the same through 3 reinstalls. I was BSODing before I change my ramm and mobo(mostly due to the ram not liking the mobo)
Anyway long story short whats my best option getting a new AM3/DDr 3 2000(PC16000) mobo that is best for the ramm or trying to go to an 8 core AM3 ?

Sorry if this is off topic ><

A:What mobo goes well with this ram?

What parts do you currently have that you will be using?

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Hi Y'all,

I have just installed a new MoBo with a 1.8 GH Celeron, a new video card, with a nic card also. I would like to use my old HD that has Win95 and enough space for what I need. Do I need to re-install my operating system? It doesn't seem to want to boot when win95 comes up. Am I just wasting my time with the old drive?

Thank you for your help. I'm new at this...


A:Old HD, New MoBo

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I'm getting an AMD Barton 2500+, and planning on overclocking to atleast a 3200+. Can some of you "overclocking enthusiasts" tell me about your expiriences on what to buy, and what not to buy. I just want to get the best motherboard for my money!
P.S. If any of you know about that model "AQXEA" or watever thing with certain 2500+'s, could you explain that 2 me?
Thanx in advance,

A:Best Mobo For OC

The "AQXEA" thing is the stepping of the chip, it's a coding used at the factory to tell when the chip was made and what core it uses. OC'er's use the stepping to determine approximately what kind of overclock to expect out of the chip. You can do this as well, just do a search for the keywords: overclock, stepping, and the code on google.

As far as which board overclocks the best, it's really getting close. It used to be Epox 8RDA and 8RDA+ with a average ability to run a 215-245fsb. Lately, boards from Soyo, Asus, and Abit are reaching over that, so I'd advise finding the board you think you wish to buy, then do a search useing the model name, overclock, and review as keywords and read the reviews before purchase..

Also remember that just because the review OC'd it so far, it doesn't mean the board you get will be able to meet the reviews performance. On the other hand, it may do better.

IMO: Asus A7N8X, Abit Nf7, Epox 8RDA+ and most other nforce2 boards should all be able to OC the chip to 3200+ with proper cooling(look for the mcp-T soundchip).. So should the Soyo Ultra Dragon KT600 platinum. (awesome mobo with tons of extras, comes extremely close to nforce2 performance)

There are some indicators as to which boards will be able to run a high fsb. Look for good heat dispersion on the northbridge chip on the mobo. Active cooling on the bridge is a +. Steer clear of bargain basement boards.

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What do you all make of this...

Socket 939 Mobo


Socket 939 CPU

Looks like its started

A:Skt 939 Mobo/CPU

Yeh, there is a some 939 stuff on overclockers.co.uk as well.
Now all i need is some money....


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I recently attempted my first build, using the following components.

Asus M2N-SLI Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Processor (AM2)
PNY 8600GT PCI-Express 512MB Graphics Card
OCZ Gold XTC 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 of them)
XION Simple Power 630W ATX Power Supply

The HD and DVD-ROM are from another computer and work fine on that computer.

When I hook everything up and flip the switch on the PSU, the motherboard's LED comes on, and so do all the fans. However, there are no beeps, and the monitor doesn't display anything, and the keyboard doesn't light up (USB keyboard). The optical USB mouse has power to it, though, because the light in it is on while the motherboard is 'booted'.

I take the lack of beeps to mean that the POST isn't running. I've tried booting with and without the HD and DVD-ROM, but to no avail. Is my motherboard bad, perhaps, or the CPU? I ordered through TigerDirect, so if I could figure out what part(s) are bad before I send anything back, I'd like to do so in order to avoid sending back a perfectly working part.

A:Bad mobo or cpu?

How to Bench Test Your System

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i have a emachines t2625. the power supply bured out. got new power supply and blank screen on bootup. some told me i had a dead mobo. the mobo is a AM-37. i got a new AM-37 on ebay. still blank screen on bootup. do you think i got a bad mobo or is there something else i should check. thanks

A:please need MOBO help

Open the windows and give it it's first flying lesson!
If you replaced your PSU with the same brand/model, you bought just more crap.
Emachines are an utter waste of space and money.

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I have a pc Iím refurbishing, and Iíve hit a snag. Through lots of troubleshooting, I am almost positive I have a bad IDE connection on the mobo. One I know works, since, when used, it recognized both the hard drive and the CD-RW, depending on which is plugged in at the time. I tired using a longer cable to plug either the CD-RW as the master and the HDD as the slave and use the same IDE connection, but to no avail.

So hereís the question: Is it even possible to connect a HDD and a CD-RW to the same IDE connection on the mobo? If so, Iíll keep tinkering with master/slave settings, etc, but if not, is there any other way?

The mobo is kinda old. It has only the two IDE connection slots and no SATA slot, so that options out. I suppose I could connect a SCUSI device, but Iíd rather not (mostly b/c I donít have any scusi hard drives).

To narrow the field a bit, I have checked and double checked the cables, and Iím quite sure that isnít it. (Besides, if it was a bad cable, the devices wouldnít work on the other IDE connection, anyway).

Thanks for any help.


oh i'm so dumb. i got the wrong mobo. i bought it online for my PIII 933mhz cpu, and it fits, but it's NLX. i didn't pay much attention. (OBVIOUSLY!) well, now i have to get a new case, but what the heck are these type of mobos used for?


Hello! :wave:
I'm currently running a 2 year old computer. I'm beginning to realize just how cheap my MoBo (MS-6577) is. I think my processor (P4 2.53 GHz) is "fine" and my nVidia GeForce 440 MX 128 MB does "alright." (Also I just OC'd the graphics card from 250 MHz / 300 MHz to 310 MHz / 460 MHz so it works even better). And I've got 512 MB PC2100 RAM.

So here's where I need advice...
I basically want to increase the performance without totally upgrading my system. Should I:

1) Get more PC2100 RAM
2) Get a better graphics card
3) Get a better MoBo that can support better RAM and then get better RAM.

Oh and in general can one use PC2100 and say PC3200 on the same board at once (assuming both are supported)? I'd hate to just toss my 512 MB stick.

A:Should I get a new MoBo?

I would replace the board. That leaves you open for better upgrades down the road. There is a good chance that with a new board you can run your PC2100 memory at 2700 and you can probably OC your processor. Also some of the MX440's were 8x. If yours is it will give you better performance in a board with 8x AGP.

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I have a Compaq 4400US and a dark screen on the monitor. Power supply was bad and I wonder if it destroyed the motherboard. Monitor is good, memory is good, tryed three diff. power supplies. CDRW lite comes on and door works-power on lite comes on but power on switch will not turn it on or off ( must unplug to turn on and off) Tested switch and it's good. Where could I find a replacement mobo with a 370 socket? Too old for Newegg?

A:Bad MoBo ?

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My MObo according to a system utiity is a A78NX-LA by ASUSTeK Computer Inc .

Now i cant find anything on the ASUSTeK site on that exact model. they have the A78NX-X and a couple of other A78NX, but none fit my exact specs.
Anyone either have one, or know where i can find things like bios updates and other tools for it?

A:Anyone know of my mobo?

Can't help you there... This is ASUS's worse thing in their NForce2 line... its hard to locate your mobo...

BUT ASUS makes boards for OEM PC manufactures which do not match their retail/standard boards.

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I have an old pentium 1 @200mhz (MMX) that I want to put in my computer that currently has a cyrix M-II-300 @233mhz, is this possible? Do I need to change settings in my bios (AMI bios), and if so, what settings? Are there jumpers on the mobo I will need to change? What info about my mobo or the chip do I need to do this, I am clueless.
P.S. You may be asking why I would want to downgrade to 200mhz. This old chip has MMX, the current one I am using, doesnt. I cannot play divx compressed movies because its too CPU intense. They played fine on my old comp with the pentium 200mhz (MMX) and 95 megs of ram, however they wont play very well on this cyrix 233mhz with 128 megs of ram!

A:How to put an old CPU into my mobo

cyrix upgrade

First, are you sure your cyrix doesn't have mmx? On cpu-world it says the cyrix has mmx. This could be an error though. Also what motherboard do you have?

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Hi everyone,
I curently have an Asus p4p800 with a pentium 4 3.2 Prescott. I also have a Intel d865PERL. Should i replace my asus mobo with the Intel? Which one is the better one?

Thanks in advanced

A:Which mobo is better

I have Intel D865PERL with 2,4C Pentium 4. It works fine,but i think that you shouldn't replace your maniboard. Intel D865PERL dont have capatibility for overclock.

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I'm trying to build a cpu from scratch for my son, I need something to pair up with a Sata Hard Drive and a 7800gt 256mb DDR3 video card. I can spend exactly 200 US$ and need some recomendations, the PC will be used for gaming and was thinking of 2gb ram 800fsb which is around $80 which leaves me with 120 dolla for cpu and mobo. Im planing on going with AMD CPU but I still need a good, powerfull and cheap mobo... what are your recommendations?

10x in advance!

A:Need CPU, Mobo and Ram

You are in Central America? If you had $400 you might have better luck with this task... Check around locally. Someone might have a complete system available for your $200, that you can part-out

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i picked this processor:


I need a mobo to go with it , i have never bought parts before but i build computers for the longest time. what mobo will go good with this?

Thanks so much

A:plz help pic mobo

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I have an old PSU that I want to see if it works. I don't want to take apart any other computers or have to use a mobo. Is there anyway to fool it into thinking that it has a load on it so it can work? I don't mind making simple circuits or soldering, but I don't want to spend more than a few bucks to do this.

A:How do I use a PSU without a mobo?

If it is an AT PSU then it has a switch on it or a thick cord running to a switch.
If it is an ATX PSU then the power on wire is the green one. Short it with any of the black ones and the PSU should work.
This holds true only if you have a standard PSU!
If it's from a Dell or IBM or HP or any other big OEM then the pinout may be completely different. Try to find some schematic or other info for those.

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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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