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X301 Diagnosis: Bad Mobo or just KB/Screen?

Q: X301 Diagnosis: Bad Mobo or just KB/Screen?

Just given an old X301 (surprisingly, first time dealing with this model), and was told by the giver that they thought the mobo was bad due to overheating, and the kb and screen didn't work. Well, not sure how tech-savvy they were, so took that with a grain of salt. Turns out it does post, but the LCD lamp (not sure if LED or CCFL) won't light despite graphics being shown on screen (visible at extreme angles). Like they had said, keypresses aren't recognized.Now, these two issues unto themselves need not confirm a bad mobo. Still, considering a usb kb and external monitor work, is it more likely to be the components or mobo?Just wanted some input before sourcing parts or even popping it open (here's hoping for loose ribbon cables!). **bleep** solid feeling machine though. Would be nice to get this in order even without an upgradable CPU option. Type: 2774-W8Q

T61 - 6465CTO - T9500 - WSXGA+ - 8GB - 120GB SSD - X3100 - Win8.1 Pro WMC 64

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A: X301 Diagnosis: Bad Mobo or just KB/Screen?

Well, reseated a few cables, and all is well. Well, mostly. Thanks anyhow.

T61 - 6465CTO - T9500 - WSXGA+ - 8GB - 120GB SSD - X3100 - Win8.1 Pro WMC 64

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Greetings. I would appreciate help with this. I have a 3 y.o . PC with a P5GD1-FM system board (Asus), a P4 3.4GHz CPU and 3GB of RAM. Until recently I have had no problems of any kind but recently had a SATA HD failure which was replaced and the PC ran trouble free for a week or so. It then failed to boot and showed a brief 'can't find HD' kind of message at POST. To get it going again I transferred the SATA drive cables from sockets 1 and 2 on the system board to 3 and 4, since when the PC has been running normally.
Tjhe question is, is the PC trying to tell me something? Is this the first sign of a developing failure with the system board? Do I need to start saving my pennies for a big replacement? I am out of my depth and would appreciate informed suggestions. Thanks.

A:Possible mobo diagnosis problem

It could of just been an issue with the seating of the SATA cable or even a bad SATA cable (possibly try replacing it, insert it in to the other slots and see the out-come). You may even have SATA #1 + #2 disabled in BIOS or something to that effect, check your BIOS to see if this is or was the case.

If everything works now, then there is no problem. Computers often play-up and can be fixed by doing the most simple of things and some issues will remain a mystery for many users and technicians.

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This is my memory dump, please help me decipher this dump, i need to understand the cause of my dump.


Microsoft ® Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.402 X86
Copyright © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Documents and Settings\la06278a\Desktop\Minidump\Mini030910-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: C:\WINDOWS\Symbols
Executable search path is:
Unable to load image ntoskrnl.exe, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ntoskrnl.exe
Windows XP Kernel Version 2600 (Service Pack 3) MP (2 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0x804d7000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x8055d720
Debug session time: Tue Mar 9 16:51:37.599 2010 (GMT-7)
System Uptime: 0 days 8:45:37.264
Unable to load image ntoskrnl.exe, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for ntoskrnl.exe
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
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A:Blue Screen diagnosis needed!

Try uninstalling all HP printer software and deleting the printer...then reinstalling.


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? OS - Windows 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista? ------windows 7 ? x86 (32-bit) or x64 ? --------x64 ? What was the original installed OS on sthe ystem? -------------Windows 7 ? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? ----Retailer ? Approximate age of system (hardware) ----------- 2 years ? Approximate age of OS installation (if you know) ------------------ 1 year ? Have you re-installed the OS? ----------------------- yes ? CPU --------- intel i3-3225 @3.3 ? Video Card ------------nvidia gtx 660 ti ? MotherBoard ------------ asus p8277-v-lk ? Power Supply - brand & wattage ------------ unknown ? System Manufacturer ------------ custom ? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) Laptop or Desktop? ---------- desktop

I've been trying for months trying to diagnose the bsod by myself, and i believe i have made some progess in the fact that i'm
not getting the same error that I used to get (according bluescreenviewer).

A:Blue Screen of Death diagnosis help?


Please help guys! I attempted to do the driver verifier step mentioned in the sticky, and I didn't get a blue screen. But, then when I tried running my game (that always get BSOD) it gives me an i/o error of source 0 .... something. I then attempted to do a chkdsk and it said there were no problems with my file system and I've even ran a memtest on 3 occasions.

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If I could get some diagnosis of the blue screen report, I would very much appreciate it.
.dmp file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3677895/111911-29062-01.dmp

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 1a
BCP1: 00041790
BCP2: C0802074
BCP3: 0000FFFF
BCP4: 00000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

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A:Memory Management Blue Screen Diagnosis

The MEMORY_MANAGEMENT bug check has a value of 0x0000001A. This indicates that a severe memory management error occurred.
You may run Windows 7 memory diagnostic test to check if
Windows detects possible problems with your computer’s memory:
Diagnosing memory problems on your computer
To troubleshoot memory corruption issue,
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I have a 3 year old XPS 13 (L321X) ultrabook that has a black/blank screen.  I hooked up the laptop to an external monitor via hdmi and it works fine. So it's the laptop screen that seems to be the problem.  I went through all the suggested troubleshooting from basic to advance. Holding the 'D' at start up, I hear 3 beeps.  If I can see the display on an external monitor, is it still a System board issue? Unfortunately, my warranty expired years ago, so trying to fix this the cheapest means possible.  Any help would be appreciated. 

A:Dell XPS blank/black screen issue- diagnosis gives 3 beeps

Thank you for writing to us!
This could be an issue with the LCD or the LCD cable.Ideally it should not be the motherboard as the external monitor works,however we cant rule it out.
Kindly private message the service tag and email address so that we can check and help you further.

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I have a frustrating situation with a brand new machine-2 months old. Can someone please help me diagnose its problem and find a solution? I’m out of tricks.

Around 11/16/2009 the browser (I use Fire Fox, always updated) would stop displaying content at some point in the day. Just white pages with the target URL in the address bar and page tab.

At first this happened once a day, then twice, then every 3 hours, then every 3-4 searches.

To regain the browser function I have to re-start…not just close and re-open the browser.

When FFox is down, so is IE.

I also began having trouble with email newsletters from Mediapost about the same time, so I thought it was something to do with Outlook 2007 or their emails. Ran Outlook in safe mode. No change. Created a rule to quarantine their emails to a folder. No change. Closed the preview pane. No change.

I downloaded and ran: Malwarebytes, Spybot Search and Destroy, Superantispyware, AdAware. ATF temp file cleaner. A couple of them found ad tracking cookies…but I get Advertising industry newsletters so of course they and their web pages are loaded with tracking cookies. No Malware.

All clean. No Change.

If I open only Firefox after a re-start, I can browse for hours without issue.

If I then open Excel or Word, or eventually both, I can still browse without issue.

If I open Outlook First, alone, or last in the stack, the browser will fail to display within 4 searches. (Except today when it was opened last and I stopped count... Read more

A:Solved: Browser goes to White Screen when Outlook 2007 is open. Need diagnosis and so

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Hi, I recently grabed a X301 which was working fine. However, I learned that the SSD (a 1.8" 128GB from Samsung) was not supporting the TRIM : I first tried to update the SSD firmware with a version that supports the TRIM, by using the Samsung tool for that (that is Maindiag.exe, from a bootable USB drive with FreeDos), but without success. Then I decided to erase completely the SSD, still with Maindiag.exe, in order to restart with a fresh SSD that I could partition to 100GB, leaving 28GB for the overprovisioning (which is apparently a good thing to do if no TRIM can be used). The erase with Maindiag apparently went OK, although it was surprinsingly fast (2 seconds to erase 128GB...?). But then things have gone ugly... - When I power on the X301, the LEDs are blinking and the CD drive is operating during a few seconds, as usual- Nothing more happens during about 10 minutes (!), and the screen remains blank- After 10mn some text if briefly displayed (2 seconds before it goes). I could take a photo and I can read :"tpm tpm0: A TPM error (28) occurred continue selftest""tpm tpm0: TPM self test failed"http://prntscr.com/mb9iro During all this sequence there's no opportunity at all to enter the BIOS... The usual startup screen with "To interrupt [the normal sequence ? don't remember exactly] press the ThinkVantage blue button" never shows up. After that it depends on the presence of a bootable USB drive :- without any bootable USB drive, I end up wit... Read more

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I have an X301 2777CTR, purchased from the Lenovo Outlet. The computer was spec'ed as having no internal optical drive, and I assumed the cover over the bay where the optical drive or a second battery would go was just that--a cover with no other function except to keep dust out. Also, when I charged the battery, Power Manager reported only one battery present and charging. I ordered a second battery for the empty bay. When the battery arrived and I went to install it, surprise! A second battery was already there. Now, knowing that there really are two batteries in the computer, Power Manager shows "Battery 2:  there is an error."  I can't find any reference for this error message on these forums or in the Lenovo troubleshooting files. How do I get Power Manager to recognize the second battery and report its charge and health state? 


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A:X301 "Battery 2: there is an error"

It looks as though I have solved my own problem. I set Power Manager to do a battery reset of Battery 1. When it was done (draining and then recharging to 100%), Power Manager showed Battery 2 partially discharged, but in good condition. I am now running a reset on Battery 2. Assuming that results in the remaining battery being calibrated to the computer, I should be in good shape. Thanks for all those that read the message, in any event. 

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Hello, I have a Lenovo X301 and I love with all my heart. I've just recently upgraded my SSD and RAM. Read a lot of material about upgrading this model and found some rumors from 2009 that it should support SL9600 and SP9600 CPU's. I've consulted with Intel and they suggested I should contact Lenovo support to clarify whether there is a BIOS support for these CPU's because both SL9600 and SP9600 fit the socket (BGA956). So is there a BIOS that supports these CPU's for X301?I have read some korean forums and some people have successfully upgraded X301 to SP9600, yet it is unclear if they made any software/hardware modifications beforehand to make that possible. This is not a rational but sentimental decision, I know it is not worth the money. SU9600 is an official option, but it is such a minor upgrade I would not bother. Thank you in advance  Offtopic - after I installed Lenovo service bridge on my thinkpad, I am getting an internal server error every time I try to go to lenovo support page. Several people have reported this too, since Nov 30, 2016. Someone should look into that code

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HelloAccording to the datasheet for ThinkPad X301 this model ships with an integrated camera.My X301 is "Type 4056-CTO S/NL3-ABD9D 09/03 ID:4057W9R" and I do not see any physical camera lens anywhere, not even close to the light (activates with Fn+PgUp) in the upper right corner of the screen. My T430s has a lens at this position and in the BIOS there is an option to enable/disable a camera.Please tell me whether some production batches of the X301 ship without camera. And if they all do should I expect an option to turn it on/off in the BIOS? I do not see anything in the BIOS that indicates the existence of a camera.Thank you

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Hi there, I switched to an Intel X18-M SSD on my X301 some time ago. I noticed that the new BIOS was released with Secure Erase functionality some time ago. As I was going to rebuild my laptop today, I thought I would give it a go. Turns out that this was a mistake. The utility failed on the Intel SSD necessitating a reboot after running for six hours. After the reboot, it turns out that the utility has set a hard drive password on the disk (there was not one before). As I have no way to know what password it has set, I am effectively locked out of my drive and it's a brick to all intents and purposes.Does anyone (Lenovo in particular) know what password is set during the running of the Secure Erase functionality of the latest BIOS? My only alternative is to find out if there is a default master password from Intel. Since in principle, this should be blank, I believe that I am scuppered unless someone in Lenovo can tell me what password they set using the utility. Thanks in advance.

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A:X301 Secure Erase with new BIOS

wibbler, welcome to the forum,
there are no default passwords which are set by Lenovo. Which buttons are you pressing at startup which require a password?
Excerpt from the forum rules,
No posts shall include instructions or directions intended to subvert security measures, including passwords, locking mechanisms, fingerprint scans, etc, nor shall any posts provide descriptions to the location of, nor direct links to content related to these topics.

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Hello, so I've just got 3rd party main and ultrabay batteries. The main one seems to work fine. The ultrabay battery was not detected at first, but after main battery got charges to 100%, the ultrabay one got detected as well. And just as it charged to 100% (after the 2nd battery detection the lenovo power manager displayed charging from 60% or so), lenovo power manager suddenly started displaying "60%, not charging". I check the details and it shows my ultrabay battery has 0% charge even though couple of seconds ago it was charged fully. Restart did not help and with AC unplugged, my laptop starts using the main battery, probably because it thinks ultrabay one is empty. Any ideas on how to fix this? :/

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I seem to find little to nothing on the X301 and when I put in my serial number it gives me a 2777 as that closes match. Everything I find on recalibrating the battery is of no use because it isn't on the machine I have. There is no power manager that allows me to reset the battery. Is there any other way to do this? 

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am getting random BSODs on a Lenovo X301. The machine is fully patched and we have run the built-in hardware diagnostics to check for errors (nothing came back wrong). Below is info from the minidump. I would appreciate any help you can provide.

BugCheck D4, {999fa038, 1c, 1, 80502ccc}

Probably caused by : ntkrpamp.exe ( nt!KiUnlinkThread+c )

Followup: MachineOwner

0: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

A driver unloaded without cancelling lookaside lists, DPCs, worker threads, etc.
The broken driver's name is displayed on the screen.
When possible, the guilty driver's name (Unicode string) is printed on
the bugcheck screen and saved in KiBugCheckDriver.
An attempt was made to access the driver at raised IRQL after it unloaded.
If kernel debugger is available get stack backtrace.
Arg1: 999fa038, memory referenced
Arg2: 0000001c, IRQL
Arg3: 00000001, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation
Arg4: 80502ccc, address which referenced memory

Debugging Details:
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A:Random BSOD on Lenovo X301

Download hwmonitor and check your idle and load temps.
Post a screen shot if you can. It may be and overheating issue.
Also cleaning the system out with a can of compressed air to remove any dust might be a good idea to try.

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Hi everyone!Is there any info regarding the installation of drivers required to use Bluetooth and mobile broadband module on X301 running Windows 10? Unfortunately, couldn't find any working ones. Both Bluetooth and Mobile Internet capabilities seem not to be implemented in the system at all.  Thanks for your replies!  PS; Would the above-mentioned features work on Ubuntu 17?

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Hi,My wife needs a laptop for writing and she loves x301 keyboard, but it's hard to find that model anymore in Finland.Also it would be nice to have newer and better than older... So can somebody tell me, if that same keyboard that x301 has, is in some other newer model?Even if some new model has almost the same keyboard... Best regards Kristian

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I went out and bought a 128gb 1.8" SSD for the purpose of upgrading my x301 to Win 7. I really wanted to preserve my old XP environment on the stock 64gb.

I did a fresh Win 7 Ultimate install, initially I installed the 64bit version but found my VPN software would not support it so then I wiped and installed 32 bit. I did leave the 100mb partition that the 64bit version created.

Installed Win 7 32bit, installed the lenovo software update program and let it put all of the software on the laptop. Did the win 7 update thing (this all took the better part of a day).

I wresteled the TPM chip and now have it owned by win 7. Had to do the "hit esc" till the red win7 loader, power off, enter bios, clear keys method, but it worked. Now Win 7 says it ownes the tpm.

Trying to turn on Bitlocker doing the "key test" results in the screen on every reboot saying that something has changed. I then turned on bitlocker, let it encrypt drive without doing the test and it completed sucessfully but every reboot asks for the recovery key.

I've tried just about every "fix" I can find for this, including, changing bios boot order to only include hdd, suspending/resuming BL and a host of other things as well, bios updated. Nothing seems to work. I'd really like to use bit locker but not if it is not going to work right.

I did come across a post that involved some policy editing then turning of/on again and have not yet tried that.

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A:Lenovo X301 Bitlocker asking for recover key every time..

I believe I found the problem enabling bitlocker on my x301. I tried just about every possible thing I could find on the internet and was unable to get it enabled. Every time on the next boot I would get the message (pre windows), from the bios that the environment had been changed and bitlocker would fail to encrypt the drive. If I encrypted the drive without the bitlocker test it would encrypt but every boot would make me enter the recovery key in order to boot.

Last night I found a post that indicated that bitlocker would make a 300 meg partition (100 for itself, 200 for oem utilities). That got me thinking. Today I decided to shrink my system partition and leave some unpartitioned space on the drive in case it was trying to make this partition. That's when things changed. Suddenly bitlocker started working properly. I still only see the 100 meg windows partition, but maybe there is another hidden partition that it was unable to create because I had given all the space to my system drive. I left 500 megs unpartitioned, enabled bitlocker and it's working fine. For me, problem solved.

Hope this helps someone. One nice thing about Win7 is that it allows you to shrink/expand volumns right from disk management so no playing around with PE boot disks.

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The computer I am having issues with was built this past March. Up until a couple days ago, it would only take about a minute to start up to the Windows log in screen. Now, once I push the button to start it up, it will stall for 30 seconds to a minute on the motherboard splash screen and a further 2-3 minutes on the Starting Windows screen. Once I am able to log in and it continues to finish loading, the screens are black for a good1-2 minutes while everything loads. Once it is up, I have no problems with the computer. I have run full anti-virus and spyware scans, removed recent downloads, done a disk clean up, and a disk defragmentation. Help would be appreciated.

EDIT: When the computer is stalled on the MOBO splash screen and the Starting Windows screen, there is no indication of HDD activity (the light on the tower is not lit). I can tell it is going to continue with start up because the light will start to flash again.

A:Computer Stalling on MOBO spash screen and Starting Windows Screen

Hello woodsgirl and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since the problems started "a couple of days ago" I'd try restoring my computer to a date/time prior to when the problems began.

System Restore

Whether this solves the problem or not I'd next run a full scan with your preferred anti-virus. Even if it comes back clean (nothing found) I'd run a second, or even third scan. Some free recommended products are:


ESET Online Scanner


If the problem wasn't solved with a system restore I'd next try a startup repair.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

If still no joy I'd check for damaged or corrupt system files by running a System File Checker scan from an elevated command prompt (option two.)

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If all of the above has failed to solve the startup problem I'd look through these two tutorials by one of our Forum experts. He offers some additional troubleshooting steps and possible fixes.

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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So the other day i had accidently saliced a wire form my powers supply and i didnt realize it til i plugged it in and it started to smoke and pop. So i turned it off immediatly and took that psu out and ordered a new one....got the enw one in today and got everything hooked up....i used my psu tester to make sure the psu was a good one.....it was....well i turn it on with everything plugged in and walla.....lights but no camera....so it comes up to the startup screen(ASUS for me) and just stays there.....ive let it run for 15 mins and it still didnt load....i reseated the cpu and everything and still no luck.....any suggestions....

A:Locked on mobo screen

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I just upgraded my motherboard processor and memory and i am plugging my monitor into the onboard graphics. When i start up the computer, i do not get a signal to my monitor. I cant see anything on the screen, no splash screen, no POST or beeps.

The hard drives are spinning, fans everything seems to start up but im just not getting any kind of response, video or audio.

Everything worked with my previous motherboard and AGP video card. I was wondering if this could be due to my power supply or just a faulty mobo itself. I couldnt think of anything else to try except for revert back to my old mboard to install the drivers then reinstall the new mobo. As i was doing this i realized it should of ran POST at least if that was the problem.

Now all i have setup in the computer is mobo, cpu/heatsink, 1stick 2gb OCZ platinum 1066mhz ram, primary hard drive, and 2 system fans.


A:New mobo,cpu,ram gives blank screen

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Hey, i have no idea where to start with this one.

My new computer is freezing at the motherboard screen (the 2nd screen in DOS) where you get all the info on ur computer and its ports, and also where it trys to boots from the different devices.

about every 2 in 5 times when i turn my PC on/reboot it it will get to this screen and just stop, not trying to boot from any devices and needs rebooting for it to work.

any ideas? im stuck.

Windows XP pro.
Chip: AMD 2600+ 2.1GHz Thoroughbred core

A:Freezing at MoBo Screen

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This afternoon, I was just playing a game, which was a kind of pulling my computer to its limits (I use frame skip). And then the game suddenly... no, I mean the computer suddenly restarted itself, and that's what happened after (see pic)

I had to restart it 3 times before it went to normal. Lucky I snapped an image of it. My questions are:

1. What has happened?

2. Was it affecting my hardwares?

3. Will it be safe for me to continue playing the game? (it might be none of your business, but I just need a little bit more before finishing it!)

thanks in advance guys. And if you have other information our of my questions, I do appreciate it.

A:Screen problem (May be VGA? Mobo?)

graphcs chip to hot and/or clocking to fast
http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/ try scanning for artifacts and no i would not play the game

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Has anyone heard of someone using an old laptop screen for a mod using a new mobo and say fitting it into an old (or new) brief case?
Keyboard, trackpad, & speakers are good as well as the win 95 o.s. on the 1.2 gig hdd with a 133mhz pentium. Of course a new o.s. & hdd is in the works. Would the screen work with the on board video if a connector was put on the screen?

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I have just put together a new barebones system, biostar ideq 210m with celeron d 3.0ghz, sata hd etc and am having a problem in starting the system up. There seems to be power to all components, fans working, leds, drivess spin and so on but i am getting no signal from my screen.

When I first switched on I got the self check and was asked what I wanted to do and when I tried to proceed with os installation the system frooze and have seen nothing on screen since.

I have tried to clear the cmos and so on but to no avail. And i'm not sure it si any of the components as the bios should come up on screen with out any other components.

Has anyone had similar probs as I dont want to have to return the item.

Ant replies would be great thanks

A:Mobo problems nothing on screen

Newer graphics cards may need an extra powercable connected between PSU and card.

Best bet is: disconnect from the mains, remove everything except 1 stick of RAM and the graphics card.
Try booting. If OK, switch off, disconnect from the mains, add 2nd/3rd etc. stick of RAM and reboot every time.
Then successively add floppy/hd/cd/other cards and reboot after every single item.

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I put together a new PC, but I'm having a problem with the graphics. I only have integrated graphics from the core i5-4460, mobo has VGA out only which my monitor has.
Whether I use monitor A or monitor B, when I have the appropriate driver for the intel graphics, I cannot output at resolutions above 1024x768. It shows up as an option, but choosing a higher res and selecting "apply" makes the screen go black and the monitor says no signal.
~ It's not a driver issue, I've tried several drivers and know I'm using the right one.
~ It's not a cable issue, cables are in firmly.
~ Latest version of BIOS is installed.
~ It's not a problem of BIOS selecting the wrong graphics source at boot, I have no external GPU so it only uses integrated graphics.
~ It's not a monitor issue, I've tried with 2 separate monitors and they both have the same problem, although they work flawlessly with any other PC connected.
~ RAM is fine, I did Memtest and 0 errors.
I'm trying to figure out if the problem is with my motherboard or the CPU since the i5 I have has the integrated graphics. Those should be the only 2 possibilities remaining for me.
Any way of knowing besides simply buying new stuff and testing? I don't want to have to return and buy new CPU/mobo unless I know they're the problem. Thanks!
intel Core i5-4460
Gigabyte H81M-S1 r2.1
Sandisk SSD Plus 120 GB

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Hello there.

I have just rebuilt my system and all was working well for a few day. Last night I turn it on and it just hung on the mobo splash screen for about 3 minutes. After that it boots up like it did before. I cleared the CMOS but it had no effect.
It is still within the timframe that I can exchange it but I would like to know if it is something that I am doing so I can avoid it.


A:New Mobo hangs on POST screen

Double check everything in the manual... then talk to the motherboard manufacturer tech support... often there is a common cause.

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I built a computer about a week ago and it was the first one that I have worked on. It was work untill last night, when I shut down the computer last night it took about one and a half mins. And today it would not start up, all I got was a blank screen, so I swapped out the video card and that did nothing so I took out the hard drive a put a old hard drive in that had win98 (the new one has win98 too) that did nothing so I swapped out the ide cable still nothing. Now I am down to the last two parts the cpu and the mobo
this is the Cpu AMD Athlon 1.33 GHz, 266MHz FSB, 256K Cache
and the mobo is a ECS "K7VTA3 V6.0" VIA KT333 . I did not use the thermal paste(I didn't know about that). The cpu had 4 1/4 inch rubber discs on it.

A:Cpu or Mobo problem(blank screen)

Those older Athlons run VERY hot and if you didnt use thermal paste the processor most likely burned out. It could have damaged the motherboard too. You could also have a bad power supply.

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I just tried to boot the computer several times this morning and each time it froze on the MoBo splash screen (Asus A7N8X). The LED power lights also stayed on. Each time, I had to reboot using the reset button or by switching the power button on the power supply.

Last night, we had some bad weather. My guess is that since the power went off several times during the night and I'm on a UPS, the UPS didn't have enough juice to get the system into POST.


A:Freeze at MoBo Splash Screen

Doubtful on the UPS, as long as the power was back on. Something else has gone awry!

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hello all,
my computer was working fine then it suddenly shut off when i turned it back on it wont boot past the screen that comes on for my motherboard but i cant get into the bios let it set over night to let it cool same thing i have checked all the connections dont have a clue what went wrong computer is about 3 months old with p4 cpu 3.0 ghz #621 ecs rs400a motherboard 1 gig memory please help very frustrated

A:computer freezes at mobo screen

ty'spop said:

hello all,
my computer was working fine then it suddenly shut off when i turned it back on it wont boot past the screen that comes on for my motherboard but i cant get into the bios let it set over night to let it cool same thing i have checked all the connections dont have a clue what went wrong computer is about 3 months old with p4 cpu 3.0 ghz #621 ecs rs400a motherboard 1 gig memory please help very frustratedClick to expand...

First thing is to reset the BIOS, 2 most popular ways are to remove the onboard battery or with a jumper.

Once the BIOS is reset and if the problem persists, is to remove everything connected to the motherboard, such as sound cards and network cards, IDE devices such as Hard drives CDroms Floppy drives. power on the system and see if it boots up any further, if it does , start to add the devices back one at a time until the fault reoccurs, then you know whats causing it.

Most lockups at boot I have found tend to be caused by a faulty harddrive, or other IDE device.

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Booting hangs at the screen with the revolving dots progress animation.
My machine has two hard disks in it.  One is loaded with Win 10, recently upgraded automatically from Win 7 Pro.  The other disk i recently installed Win 7 Pro on.  Both were working okay until last week when i logged on and got a message that my E:\ drive (the one with Win 10) needed to have CHKDSK run on it.  CHKDSK ran and it's last action before quitting was to go through every single security ID file and replace it with "default security ID" files.  Over 700,000 files.  It took over 8 hours to complete this process.  After that I could no longer boot into the disk that ran Win 10.  I also couldn't access that disk from my other hard drive (the one running Win 7) even after repeatedly changing security permissions by entering the disk properties preferences menu.  I ran a virus check using Avast Antivirus.  It found several medium-level threats and repaired them.  However, that disk still remains inaccessible to me with any program or while booting up.  I've tried using the BIOS setup menu to change the order of drive booting, and even disconnected the other drive.  No luck there.  
At first i was sure it was a system problem, but now i'm starting to believe it might be a virus.
I would appreciate any assistance.  Thanks very much.
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A:Win 10, Can't Get Past MOBO POST Screen

I'd suggest posting over in the Am I Infected forum:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
Please read the pinned topics at the top of the forum for instructions on how to post there.
While waiting for a reply, please run these free hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/hwdiag.html
Please start with the hard drive diagnostics on all of your hard drives.
Then, when given the all clear from the malware experts, feel free to post back to this topic if the problem continues.

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I recently switched from and Asus P9X79 to an Asus Rampage IV Extreme due to issues with the first mobo only recognizing one stick of ram. Now that I have everything hooked up the following steps are happening at boot:

Splash screen appearsThis shows for a couple secondsGoes back to splash screen and hangs"boot_device" LED stays lit on mobomobo error readout reads "00" when hung

When pressing del or f2 at the splash screen it refuses to go into bios config. I've tried and older USB keyboard and removing the mobo battery and draining all power to try and reset and I currently only have the OS ssd plugged in but I'm still getting the same issue.

PCPartPicker part list

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Hi there.

My laptop screen keeps going blank recently. At first it seemed to be randomly going blank but it's now going blank less than a minute after loading Windows. When the screen goes blank, the laptop would not respond to any input at all (both from the keyboard and mouse). Even an attempt to eject the DVD ROM tray gives no response.

I don't think this is due to a problem with my Windows as sometimes, the laptop couldn't even do a POST test, due to the screen blank problem. The power LED is on, and hence, I don't think there's any problem with my power supply. I've tried booting into Ubuntu (Live CD), but still encounter the same problem.

One of my colleague says it's the VGA/graphic chipset problem perhaps. Anyone can help me with this? What's the actual problem with my laptop?

- Processor: Intel C2D T5500
- Graphic: nVidia GeForce Go 7600 (dedicated 256MB)
- Memory: 2GB Kingston
- OS: Windows XP SP3
- Make: Compal
- Model: GL30

A:Screen Blank - Mobo / VGA Prob?

Specs for a laptop should also include Make and Model info

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After installing a new mother board windows will not start up and goes straight to a blue screen error saying the following.

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer
if this is the first time youve seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hardrive controllers. check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. run CHKDSK /F to check for hard disk corruption and then restart your computer

technical information:

***STOP:0x0000007B (0xF7A46528, 0x00000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

tried restarting same error occurs have not run check disk, do not know how???

any suggestions?

A:Blue screen error: new mobo

I believe you can fix this by doing a "repair/reinstall" of the operating system -- but here is your issue:


Chkdsk will not fix this. You need the XP CD to do a reinstall.

There may be other methods, but they are more complex -

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HI I have just installed a new motherboard into a HP Pavillion 740.uk desktop PC as the Capacitors have 'popped' in the old motherboard. The model of the new board is an MSI KM4MV - http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=proddesc&prod_no=589&maincat_no=1&cat2_no=171&cat3_no=89 How ever after installing the new board the machine doesnt post. When turning on the fans spin, hard drive start to spin but nothing is displayed just a black screen. I have had the motherboard replaced but am still having the same problem. All the components are known good. Ive tried booting with just CPU RAM and VGA but still no joy. Could you give any advice??

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I've acquired new to me but old mobo, Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4, now every time I start up PC or have to reboot I have this BIOS flash screen that does what it does then goes on to load up windows. With my old Asus mobo I didn't have this bios flash screen. Is there a way to disable this? It's just a personal annoyance.

I've searched and found that there is a setting in the BIOS to do just that but it's on the newer boards. I've scoured my BIOS settings and just can't seem to find it, if it exists at all for my mobo.

A:mobo bios flash screen

Hello Jimbo,

I looked at your mobo's manual below starting at page 36 chapter 2-1, and I don't see an option to turn the "splash screen' or "Quick Boot" on or off either.


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Booting hangs at the screen with the revolving dots progress animation.
My machine has two hard disks in it.  One is loaded with Win 10, recently upgraded automatically from Win 7 Pro.  The other disk i recently installed Win 7 Pro on.  Both were working okay until last week when i logged on and got a message that my E:\ drive (the one with Win 10) needed to have CHKDSK run on it.  CHKDSK ran and it's last action before quitting was to go through every single security ID file and replace it with "default security ID" files.  Over 700,000 files.  It took over 8 hours to complete this process.  After that I could no longer boot into the disk that ran Win 10.  I also couldn't access that disk from my other hard drive (the one running Win 7) even after repeatedly changing security permissions by entering the disk properties preferences menu.  I ran a virus check using Avast Antivirus.  It found several medium-level threats and repaired them.  However, that disk still remains inaccessible to me with any program or while booting up.  I've tried using the BIOS setup menu to change the order of drive booting, and even disconnected the other drive.  No luck there.  
At first i was sure it was a system problem, but now i'm starting to believe it might be a virus.
I would appreciate any assistance.  Thanks very much.
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A:Win 10, Can't Get Past MOBO POST Screen

Update to my post:
I ran Emsisoft Anti-Malware, targeting the problematic drive.  It found no threats.  
Upon looking at the "properties" menu for that drive, it claimed (with the pie graphic) that the drive had no unused space at all on it, but i know that the last time i was able to log into that drive, almost 50 percent of that disk was free space.

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I just got an Asus M4A785-M mobo because my original mobo fried which is now being RMA'd back to Asus so they can send me a new one. However, the mobo I now have installed fine (i didnt reformat my HD when i installed this new mobo) but after trying new and old drivers, ALL windows updates and soooo much more, my desktop screen flickers and flashes especially when I move my mouse around and when I hover over my quicklaunch icons, and folders etc.., they disappear then reappear sometimes.

What I just found out online was this link ATI CrossFireX which talks about the Hybrid CrossfireX. This mobo has that and I think that is whats causing this flickering stuff to happen. I'm looking for a way to disable all onboard video (HDMI and VGA) so that it might fix the issue. Or, if there's a way to "enable" this Hybrid CrossfireX and have it actually work correctly with my video card. It states on that website in the link I posted above that it's compatible only with windows vista pc's..?!??! Could this be the issue? Because I run Win7 Ultimate 64-bit, but ON the mobo box it says "windows 7 ready" so I'm really wanting this to be fixed because I'm about to reformat and I'd rather not.

Please post any help if you can.


A:just got new mobo but the screen flickers/flashes....

I'd start with disabling CrossFireX and see if this solves the problem, I don't think it will though. Once you establish it has/has not resolved then post your results here. There is no reason whatsoever to reformat your hard drive so don't do this, it is more than likely a tweak in your BIOS or perhaps a little work with your ATi drivers but this issue is fixable.

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Hi guys,

I recently built my computer, about 3 months ago. Everything has been working great great up until this morning. When I first turned on my computer it lead me to a black screen saying to put in a boot device or something. I thought it was a random error so I restarted it and from that point on it only goes to the "ASUS" screen.

In that screen has a list of four keys and their routes, "f8 - boot menu" etc. I cannot access any of these because the keyboard seems to be off or null at this time. I tried another keyboard (both non usb, traditional slot ones) and it had the same effect.

So I tried to figure out what the issue is. I have two sticks of ram and I switched them, than tried one and then the other, nothing changed. I have two internal hd's, one for my os and the other for storage. When I unplugged the storage one nothing changed. When I unplugged the os one it seemed to change. The keyboard worked during the mobo screen this time and I was able to press "f8" to open a blue window on black that allows me to switch boots... However, I don't know what to do since the os is on the unplugged hd, so what am I to boot to? And if I boot to the cd I can't change anything on the unplugged hd?

So, please any help! Why is my computer stuck on that (i haven't installed or changed any hardware since I built it) screen and what should I do to fix it?


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A:Stuck at mobo screen, no keyboard input

Hello Gassnake, welcome to TSF!

Do you have a W7 DVD or Repair DVD/CD? If so, have you tried booting with that whilst the OS HDD is in but after making sure BIOS is set to booting from dvd-player first?

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Out of the blue, my PC now halts at startup on the screen with the motherboard info. Its the screen that allows me to hit DEL to get to the BIOS setup, but nothing happens if I try to press it. I know I have a lot of HDD errors and I sometimes get problems later in startup (at the Windows prompts), but its so early, I don't know if it has even accessed the HDD at that point. Could the Mobo be cooked? PSU kaput? HDD's finally got revenge?

Here's the rundown:
-No recent hardware installs. The last thing was 7-8 months ago, a Vid card.
AMD 4400+ X2
2 Maxtor HDD SATA2. Raid 0 (?). Its NOT the 2 HDDs running parallel kind...
BFG 8800 GTS vid card

What steps could I try on reboot? Or should I try disconnecting something and reconnecting?

Thanks, Ryan

A:Lockup on Startup at MoBo Screen... MB dead?

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Hi, I decided to build a pc this year and it's been tough going so far...I started with an Iwill P4R533-N mobo and appropriate P4 chip - a 400 watt power supply, 1 gig of PC800 ram, cd and dvd burners + floppy. The first problem I encountered was installing Windows - I kept getting messages that certain files could not be installed etc. - It would eventually finish up but would give me the blue error screen and shut down whenever it tried to start up. We assumed it was a problem with the mobo since that was the only used item in the group. I bought a new, identical Iwill mobo and now it's a whole nother problem. Everything is hooked up but when the power is turned on I get a black screen on the monitor. It goes from the test mode into a suspended mode. The pc appears to be opperating fine. Both drives are lighting up but nothing appears on the monitor. I tried another monitor, but the same thing. The ATI radeon video card I'm using is the same one used on the previous mobo and worked fine but I went ahead and purchased a newer model anyway and still get the same result. Does anyone have any suggestions? Am I forgetting to do something? I've disconnected everything on the mobo and retraced my steps with no success. I'm about ready to give up.

A:black screen - AGP card or mobo problem ?

I've got a computer at work thats doing the same thing. If you find anything out let us know.

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so here's the problem..
i have a athlon64 3000+ 939 proc on a abit an8 ultra mobo..with o lot of usb slots.

- when there's no usb device plugged...there's no problem. everyhing works great.

- when there's a device [ IrDA, printer or iPod], i turn on the the computer and it gets stuck on the POST screen...but if i press reset again it works

- if i boot without any device and plug then in windows, everything works.

[i have the latest bios update, latest drivers for mobo, video, etc...]

what shall i do ?

A:mobo / usb problem.. stops on post screen

you should be able to boot w/o the usb devices and after login, plug them in.
for the printer, I would install or reinstall the printed software from the CD.
likewise for IrDA and iPod if they come with software. Once each device works
correctly with this sequence, your cable-up then boot sequence should work too.

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My Current PC Specs:

Intel Pentium 4 630 - 3.0GHz Extreme Edition HT LGA775
ECS(Elite Computers) RS-400A Motherboard
SONY DVD-RW Optical Drive
Apacer 2x 512 DDR2-PC4300 RAM
Maxtor 120GB 8MB HDD
ATi Radeon X300 128MB PCI-E Graphics Card

After updating the BIOS sucessfully, the PC was fine. Then after the 3rd restart,the system halted/frezzed at the motherboard's logo screen.(Nothing was changed during the time before the freezing of the motherboard's logo screen.) Um.. ok, some options which I have tried:

1. Cleared the CMOS Manually.
2. Tried to boot from a Windows XP disc.
3. Enabled/Disabled the BIOS Protection Settings.( Dont know if this would work in the first place)

All 3 options didnt work. Does anyone here have any suggestions?

A:System Freezes at MoBo Logo Screen

Does that motherboard have a jumper to get into the bios or do u just press a button? :suspiciou

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So I reset my CMOS using the jumper inside my CPU, and there's this little problem.
When I boot up my computer, it doesn't start Windows.
It'll stay at the Motherboard splash screen where it says "Press <TAB> to switch to POST or <DEL> to run BIOS Setup>

I want to go to BIOS so that I could enable USB Legacy for future use of my USB keyboards (Since the PS/2 keyboard I have now is not mine and i have to return it)

and the main problem is whenever i plug in my ps/2 keyboard, all the lights (Sleep, Power, Num lock, scroll lock & caps) blink for half a second, after that, it looks like it's dead with no lights.
whenever i press a button it doesn't work so i can't access BIOS.
sometimes (i dont know how, but somehow) the caps lock light just light up and stays like that even if i press the caps lock button. other buttons doesn't seem to work.
also, i have another question: does pressing TAB straight away brings it to the boot up? (It says press <TAB> to switch to POST)

A:PS/2 Keyboard Problem during Mobo splash screen! help!

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Hello everyone!
Here's what I got. I just bought a new motherboard: XFX nForce 750i SLI Socket 775 Front side bus 1333MHz. Since my old one XFX nForce 680i LT SLI motherboard's PCI-e x16 slot shorted or something (just nothing comes up when i boot). Anyway I installed this new motherboard with all my pre-existing other components and it boots fine and it can run but i keep getting a blue screen kind of often. I've heard this board can blue screen if the voltages to ram exceed 2.0 V but mine are set at 1.9 V so that should be fine. I completely formatted my drive and did a clean install of Windows Vista 32bit on a single partition. The error i'm getting is: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. ***STOP 0x00000024 (0x001904AB, 0x93c23B90, 0x93c2388C, 0x8994D9c4) ***Ntfs.sys - Address 8994D9C4 base at 898A7000, Datestamp 4549aceb
I have seen this one a few times now. I'm confused as to what i should try next. I could get some hard disk drive scanners to look for problems and run a chkdsk or format and reinstall and reset my CMOS, again, but I feel like something else is wrong. However, I do believe it has something to do with the HDD since its been dealing with information slower and tends to crash when i'm dealing with partitions, restarting after installing updates or programs or otherwise failing to do so or freezing (not responding) during install. I've tried safe mode but it does it there too. My HDD makes... Read more

A:Vista Blue Screen After new mobo installation

Hi Garrett and welcome to Vista Forums

Have a look here Troubleshooting Stop error messages that may occur when you try to install Windows Vista

See the section Stop: 0x00000024 and try the suggestions listed there. Please post back with your results.

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I am currently running win xp home edition upgraded from 98 se On a low budget ecs mobo (but with an AGP slot).
Athlon XP 1900+
768 MB RAM
40 GB Maxtor 7800 RPM HDD
a pair of CDRW's
and sometimes, but not usualy a NVidia GeForce 4 mx 440

so here we go.......

When using any graphics intense software, or even graphics intense websites, my comp freezes (no video movement, no keyboard, no HDD activity nothing) .

I was told my mobo was too low end to support a high end graphics card, and that I must upgrade the mobo, which brings me to the problem that brings me here......

I purchased a ECS K7ama mobo, and followed the manual to a T.
Shorting the right jumpers, and opening the others. I am running the exact same configuration as before with the exeption of the motherboard, but when I boot, I get a blue screen of death.

The error message ( a stop error 0x0000007 or something) states that I have a faulty hard drive or hard drive controller.
I have checked the mobo for xp compatibility, with no luck, but everything else is XP fine. I don't want to reinstall everything from scratch if I dont have to, especially if it isnt going to fix my problem.

Any help would be appreciated


A:blue screen stop error on new mobo

Did you use the hard drive on the new motherboard (with XP on it) and just swap everything out? If you did, then the drivers for the old motherboard might be confusing the new motherboard. You might be better off reformatting the drive and then loading XP and the drivers for your new motherboard.

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