The motherboard or mainboard is the central printed circuit board (PCB) in many modern computers and holds many of the crucial components of the system.

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How can I know max power output of a power supply in a LED tv?

I would like to integrate an Atom mb inside a 22 inch tv. It fits there, I will take heat into consideration, etc. The mb will use a 12v DC pico psu. As the TV power source already supplies a 12V ...
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Can I run 2400mhz ram at 2400mhz on b150 motherboard by XMP?

If my b150 motherboard support 2133mhz max and xmp. If I install a 2400mhz ram, can the ram run at 2400mhz in xmp profile?
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2 drives down in a few months, What should i replace?

I've recently had 2 7200RPM SATA Disk Drives go in the span of about 2 months. The first i put down to an old drive so i removed it and took the hit. The second was not so old. After inspecting the ...
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Computer does not turn on, everything seems fine but cpu fan

Yesterday, my desktop computer randomly shut off by itself. It did that again today, and I've been unable to turn it back on -- or at least, I'm unable to get a display when I press the power button. ...
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Desktop wont boot - No POST

Problem Summary My Desktop was working fine. Then, when I switched on my PC after an hour of halt, it won't boot. Initially, it showed me POST screen (Gigabyte logo with options to enter BIOS, Boot ...
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Extend distance from gpu to motherboard

Is there a way in increase the distance between the motherboard and the GPU but still keep it connected? Google is by far not helping at all (it gives me dual monitor search results for some reason) ...
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Run two operating systems on the same computer at the same time (no hosting)

I know that two operating systems can share the same computer through hosting. For example, WINE can host Windows, or vice versa, Virtual Box can host a Linux system on a Windows box, but in both ...
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ASUS motherboard doesn't recognize second video card

New system, briefly: ASUS Z97-A/USB3.1 motherboard 2x AMD RX480 video cards Windows 10 (64-bit) Latest BIOS, drivers, yada yada This thing refuses to acknowledge any video card that is not in the ...
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USB 3.0 compatibility with USB 2.0 devices

Is a pure USB 3.0 port fully compatible with USB 2.0 ? My question came when I want to buy a new motherboard. Some motherboards have USB specified as USB 3.0/USB 2.0 which clearly signifies that this ...
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Cannot turn on PC immediately after reconnecting power

I'm used to unplug power cable after shutting down the PC. Recently, my PC started to behave strange: when trying to turn on the PC after plugging the power back, power on led steady on, but Bios ...
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Installing an rm750i PSU to an Asus z170 Deluxe motherboard

I have just bought a new PSU from Corsair, the rm750i. I am afraid I might have connected the PSU in a wrong way. The user manual for the PSU is very vague and did not help. So my question here is ...
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What CPU manufacturers really mean by “1-4Ghz Processor”

Recently I found out that what's known as the crystal oscillator is responsible for setting clock cycles. To my understanding this oscillator is found on the motherboard, not the CPU. My first ...
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Which SPDIF-out bracket do I need?

I've recently noticed my speaker set has an optical input (TOSLINK), but my mainboard (Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P Intel Z170) has no built-in output on its backplate. It does have a 2-pin SPDIF_O socket ...
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Can I combine 2133 Mhz ram with existing 1600 Mhz? [duplicate]

I have currently 1600MHz DDR3 ram installed. Can I add more DDR3 ram which is 2133 MHz? Will it be compatible with each other? Or should I add only 1600MHz? My motherboard is Gigabyte B85M-DS3H.
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Can I reuse a Windows 7 key on a new computer if I format the old computer? [duplicate]

1) Recently I've decided to replace multiple components in my computer because my hard drive is failing and my motherboard and such need an upgrade. Since the pc was built for me, I have a retail ...
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Is there a way to check if the defective unit is, Processor/Motherboard?

My computer doesn't turn on when pressing the power button so I checked each component to distinguish where the problem is. I removed all the components and test one by one, starting from the power ...
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My laptop doesn't boot when I add a new RAM

Here's the thing : I recently cleaned my laptop completely. And during my cleaning, I disassembled my CPU and then put it back (I wanted to see how it worked). Then I put everything back in (...
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Do light colored computers generate less heat [closed]

I know that anything black absorbs heat while anything white reflects heat.So my HP Pavilion g7 2269wm (recently cleaned) is black and heats up-to 88C, but I have a light grey Sony VAIO VGN-NR120E and ...
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Windows XP Stuck at Manufacturer Splash, Multicolored Lines Appear

Title is pretty self-explanatory. When I boot this old Dell tower with any monitor (VGA of course), well the first time I tried to boot it nothing happened on the monitor. When I rebooted it from that ...
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What is the reading speed of the non-volatile memory where the BIOS is stored?

So the question is quite self-explanatory i think. Is there a way to find out the specifications of the non-volatile memory chips built in the common home/office PC motherboard models on the market ...
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*No Signal* and reduced power on custom built PC?

I just built my new PC and a few things have not been working. Here's the components and what I did... Issues: [SOLVED] PC turning on/off every 10 seconds. Solved by changing the voltage on the PSU....
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Upgrade from Pentium D 920 to a Intel® Core™2 Quad Corer Q9450?

I want to Upgrade a Pentium D 920 (Presler) to a Core Duo 2 Quad. I have been checking around on websites and find confusing/conflicting info. Some say yes, others say the BIOS will not support it. ...
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computer can't run even low graphics games or browse web properly

system specification I have got an amd athlon X2 64bit 5200+ processor along with asus m2n-mx-se-plus motherboard,2 gb ram,1gb ddr3 amd radeon 5450 graphics card and 160 gb seagate hardisk. problem ...
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Need tips deciding on a memory model to upgrade

I'd like to change my RAM so I've been googling for some models... I have some questions: What is the difference between for example 2x4GB and 1x8GB memory chips? As I've read on ASRock's ...
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ASUS F1A75-M motherboard - where is PXE boot in AMI BIOS 2.00, 2012?

I'm re-purposing a legacy computer, a short under-desk box with F1A75-M motherboard. I found the instructions on-line, I've been through every line in American Megatrends, Inc BIOS 2.00, version 2012. ...
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3.3v rail randomly going low after a period of use

I am having a recent problem with my PC. After a "random" amount of 100% stable running time (anything between 1 - 12 hours), the 3.3v rail will suddenly start dropping step-by-step from 3.36v to ...
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Motherboard no boot or any fans turning on

Good day everyone! Yesterday, I brought home my motherboard(biostar H81MG) together with the cpu(i5-4440) from my office and tried to make it my gaming mobo and processor. It's like a year old and ...
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Number of PCIe Lanes supported by processor - how many/which devices are still usable? (i5 6600K)

I'm planning on getting the Intel i5 6600K which, according to Intel, supports 16 PCIe Lanes max. Now, I've searched around a bit, (also read through some forums, but they weren't too clear) and ...
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Power button not working

I put a laptop apart several times and now power button isnt working. I did start the computer by moving the ribbon (that connects power button and motherboard) left and right where it is attached to ...
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Micro ATX Motherboard on OEM case

My motherboard (micro atx) lines up with these holes in a case I found. (pic related) The black circles are pre-installed in the case (I can't remove those standoffs) and the motherboard lines up ...
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Asus mobo ASUS P8Z68-V PRO secure boot

I had the dreaded Win 7 microsoft UEFI boot glitch. I just got things back and running. I updated the bios, and I can't locate anything in the advanced bios (boot menu) about secure boot. I've ...
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Turning off the computer fully from hardware buttons

This is probably a retarded question but I just finished a new build using an ASUS M5A99FX PRO motherboard, and after turning it on once to check that everything worked last night, I tried turning it ...
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Which part of the computer has to be replaced to add UEFI support?

I have recently acquired a computer that does not support booting into UEFI mode. However, I don't know which component of the computer to replace such UEFI booting is supported. From what I can tell, ...
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DDR4 RAM speed compatibility

I am building a new gaming/production computer this year and I have found some components that I want to add to the system. This is the list of components so far: CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K GPU: Asus ...
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GPU overheating troubleshooting

I've been having overheating problems for a while now, and I'm not sure which part is at fault. My specs: Windows 10 x64. Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87-HD3. CPU: Intel i5 4670 K. GPU: AMD MSI R9 290 4G ...
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Strange PC behavior: Is my Motherboard or CPU failing?

Yesterday, when I tried to boot my computer (see below for specs), it would start booting for about 1-3 seconds, then shut off for a second or two. It would cycle like this indefinitely until I either ...
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Adding second Xeon E5430 to workstation

I have a PC with a Supermicro x7dwa board and one Intel Xeon E5430 processor. I tried to add a second identical CPU to the board, but it stops the PC booting. The power LED on the board never lights ...
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1 stick of 4x4 gb wont be recognized as 16gb BUT 4gb

I have one RAM stick modell CML16GX3M4A1600C9 Corsair 1600mhz (4x4gb)16GB . First i used two RAMS sticks modell BLS4G3D1609DS1S00.16FED2 4GB each and my computer works good with 8 gb installed , and ...
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Memory Capacity and Configuration in Ubuntu

I have Dell Inspiron 5521 Laptop having 4 GB RAM. I am planning to add 8GB RAM (CORSAIR DDR3L 1600). So, the Total RAM would be 4+8= 12 GB. I found the following information in Dell Specifications ...
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Can a MasterAir Cooler 8 fit in a Cooler Master Elite 110? [closed]

I'm currently building a PC and about to finalize my purchase--components all listed below. As far as I know, all of the components are compatible with each other. I've already got a standard 3.5" WD ...
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Emachines E525 laptop not displaying

Hello everyone i have a laptop Emachines E525 switch on showing the blue light but its not displaying and i tried to put on external monitor but still the same the problem is when i switch the laptop ...
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Nvidia GeForce 9300GT or 9400GS chipset on graphic card

Dell Vostro 1520 laptop comes with motherboard P/N 00D46F (U653J) equipped with discrete Nvidia GeForce 9300GT or 9400GS Graphic card. Is it possible replace faulty motherboard that have GeForce ...
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Medion PC turning on but not booting up

A colleague of my mother has a problem with her pc and asked me to look at it. Now i've tried quite a few things but can't get it to boot up.. It is a medion pc and as soon as I push the power button ...
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What is the difference between iRST Raid 1 and Intel Rapid Recover Technology?

What is the difference between iRST Raid 1 and Intel Rapid Recover Technology ? Intel wrotes: " It uses RAID 1 (mirroring) functionality to copy data from a designated master drive to a designated ...
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Booting computer without graphics card

As a little hobby project I want to build a pfSense router with some scrap I found and some parts I bought on eBay. The motherboard is a MS-7728 Ver 2.0. The problem is that the motherboard only have ...
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USB motherboard header pin spacing

I have a asrock Z68 Extreme 4 (gen 1) motherboard. If you have a look at its manual ftp://europe.asrock.com/Manual/Z68%20Extreme4.pdf on page 13 you can notice that there are 3 usb 2.0 headers. One ...
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RAID 0 - what happens if mainboard changes?

I had an MSI z77a-g41 mainboard with Ocz vertex3 raid 0 configuration. Yesterday, my mainboard stopped booting. It seems something is wrong with the mainboard because there is no video, no BIOS ...
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PC destroyed GPU?

I've been tearing my hair out for the last couple of hours trying to repair my buddy's PC. Quick summary of what happened: A few day ago my buddy told me his PC crashed, and when turning it back on ...
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Computer wakes up from sleep after a few minutes from the power button.

Basically my computer will wake up after a few minutes if i put it into sleep or hibernate, but not if i turn it off. This is what powercfg -lastwake gives me in Command Prompt Sleep mode: http://i....
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Motherboard(MSI X99A GAMING 7) and RAM(Dominator Platinum Series) for i7-4820k, will this work?

A year ago I decided to upgrade my computer specs. I've bought a GTX980, an i7-4820k, and a motherboard Asus Z97-E. When the computing technician was going to build my PC, he told me that the ...