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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Will a single VGA in a PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) slot perform the same as in a PCIe 2.0 x16 one?

I have an ASUS P8P67-M REV 3.0 which has the following PCIe 2.0 slots: 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) I've just bought a new VGA (GTX 970), which is huge, and ...
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Advice on Gaming motherboard and SLI / Crossfire and HDMI/Sound connection

I have been looking at the following motherboard http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z87M-GAMING.html#hero-overview I am a littel confused, it seems to offer a HDMI connection on board so I assume if I ...
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Does all 4GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM Support both Intel & AMD DDR2 Motherboards?

I need to know : if my 4GB DDR2 RAM Support DD2 Motherboard Compatible with all FSB1600*/1333/1066/800 MHz Intel CPUs, then will it also support DD2 Motherboard Compatible ...
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Bios doesn't recognize ram

I have an old pc that has a motherboard called "Pegatron IPM31" with two slots for ddr2 ram, an intel celeron processor, and 1GB ram-800. I got another 1GB-667 for it, and here is what happens: - If I ...
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Panasonic Toughbook won't turn on

A Panasonic Toughbook, model CF-W8, fails to start. By mistake I tried to turn it on through another laptop charger which provides higher voltage; the Toughbook only uses 16 V.
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CPU is weak, is it CPU or motherboard? [on hold]

My laptop, an Alienware M17xR3 started to run slowly lately. What happens is that sometimes it runs well, and sometimes not, I did run 3d mark benchmark and while mostly I get low results it happened ...
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Whats the cheapest good power supply, motherboard and cpu? [on hold]

I don't earn very much money, so I can't find the cheapest ones? Does anyone have a helpful website that has stuff. Please help me I'm working on a computer build from a slimline computer, but that ...
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Problems with Windows Installation

I've been trying to install Windows 7, Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro (all of them x64) on the following computer, but I've never been able to get a clean installation. Either it freezes while ...
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Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 motherboard problems [on hold]

So I woke up one morning to go on my computer but then nothing came through my PSU. I was worried at find that it was the PSU but then ruled that out by doing the paper clip test (this is where you ...
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CPU temps conflict

I'm using an MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard along with a Phenom II 1090T and a Corsair H60i. Naturally I'd pull up BIOS and read temps from there but the water cooler kicks so well by the time I reboot ...
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65W TDP CPU in a Socket with a 95W TDP CPU

I have a PC which currently has a Pentium D 945 (http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/Pentium_D/945.html) Which has a TDP of 95W, and I would like to upgrade to a Core 2 Duo E4400 ...
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Why aren't my case fans spinning?

I have an ASUS P6T WS Professional motherboard mounted in a Thermaltake Armor+ case. The case has a fan on the front of the chassis that is functioning, but the rear fan behind the CPU heatsink (the ...
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On first initial boot up, board does not recognize HDD, keyboard

I upgraded to an MSI board after previous board failure. (I also replaced the PSU, CPU and GPU) Reusing the same HDD with Win8.1. On each initial boot up, it does not recognize the HDD or USB devices ...
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ASUS X-99 Deluxe Wireless Antenna Installation

I have a relatively new workstation with an ASUS X-99 Deluxe motherboard. This model features a built-in wireless adapter, and comes with a wireless antenna. When I connect the antenna to the ports ...
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Scrambled screen even before booting

I have an Acer laptop (Aspire 4740g). Recently it has the following problem. When I turn it on, even the boot menu shows funny characters. That means is not the operating system. Running memtest, ...
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cpu temp vs core temps

i have an amd phenom quad that reads idle "core temps" around 85C while the bios is showing "cpu" temp around 40C (speed fan, core temp, etc all show the 85C core temps at idle) .... so far my pc has ...
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my asus a88x-pro motherboard goes to soft off then something triggers it to a boot. Everything else is working great on this new build [closed]

I have tried everything on this new build to resolve the issue of what triggers it to boot after a Soft Off. What can trigger a boot from this state? a88x-pro motherboard.
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What exactly is BUS Architecture on a motherboard?

I'm trying to understand if it's the actual physical lines on the motherboard or something else. I ask because everyone says that The motherboard bus can be one of two types — internal and external. ...
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Need Help deciding CPU and Graphics card for computer [closed]

What I currently have on my computer: 1 x AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz Mother Board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157479 500w Power Supply 1 x Cooler Master Hyper 212 ...
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PC starts (fans, lights), reboots, then hangs - motherboard damage?

I'm experiencing some pretty weird issues with a machine I'm setting up for a friend. So first off this is a pretty old computer, I'd estimate around 10 years. It was working fine, but the OS was ...
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How much maximum RAM can be supported in Laptop LENOVO THINKPAD E530 3259T2Q

I need to upgrade the RAM of my laptop which is a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge Series E530 (part #3259T2Q). Currently it has 4GB (2 x 2GB). I am not sure how much I can expand RAM memory up to. I have ...
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“Memory Is Not Detected” on ASRock Z87 OC Formula/ac

I have a "ASRock Z87 OC Forumla/ac" motherboard that will not recognize my memory. Here are the memory specs that the board supports: 4x240 pin DDR3 ...
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2-2-2 bios beep code on Dell MIG41R M/B

I have recently acquired a Dell Vostro with a MIG41R motherboard. The PC gave me a 2-2-2 bios beep code, so I opened it up and realized it didn't have and RAM and the HDD was disconnected. I bought a ...
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HP Pavilion dv6700 No Display [closed]

Spec: Hp Pavilion dv6700 with inbuilt nVidia graphics card - Intel Motherboard At first attempt they resolve the multiple screen issue(problem by nVidia graphics card), then its works for 45 days. ...
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GT 610 GPU Black Screen [closed]

I recently acquired a GT 610 2GB DDR3 GPU and I wanted to install it. The problem is that when I plug VGA to the graphic card a black screen appears. I tried to set it up again but the same thing ...
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3.5" FDD to SATA / USB

Motherboards these days don't tend to have floppy cable/bus pins. It's a bit "old hat" I suppose. I have such a motherboard, but would like to connect an internal floppy drive to it. It's the sort of ...
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What features of a Xeon E3 processor will not work on an H97/Z97 chipset (and vice versa)?

LGA1150 Xeon processors appear to be supported on consumer motherboards with LGA1150 sockets. Xeon chips lack an integrated GPU, of course, so onboard video can't be expected to work in this ...
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System BOOT fail

My PC started behaving weird when booting. When I press the power button it sits about 25sec doing nothing, just spinning the fans like crazy. After that it beeps as normal, starts checks and this ...
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Troubleshoot possible dead motherboard or PSU on 2 PC

I have a problem with 2 computers. Both are completely dead and don't respond when clicking the Power button. The computers worked fine for about a year ago, but hasn't been used since. I suspected ...
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Unable to shutdown, who to blame?

My PC has always suffered from this problem: upon reboot, the power, instead of staying up and running until BIOS POST, most of the time (but not always, and that's why I don't think this has never ...
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Testing x64 motherboard/CPU

How should we be testing/burning-in the principle components in a new build (or significant change)? Here is what I'm doing now and what I find disconcerting about it: Using the latest UBCD on a ...
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Reasons why a laptop with an apparently burnt motherboard needs to be heated up to start [migrated]

This laptop was not taken good care of for years and became very clogged with fine dust in the fan. Eventually one day it apparently overheated and lost all power—lights, everything. It appears ...
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How to check if Xeon sandy bridge be replaced by ivy bridge

We are running algorithms that would benefit from faster RAM. We currently have a Dell T5600 workstation with 1600mhz RAM, but with 2 CPUs that are limited to 1333 (Xeon e5-2620). The cheapest ...
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Transfering RAM from a dead Dell to a similar, working HP. Do the specs match?

Note: I already have RAM on the MP. But its like 0.99 of a GB and I want to add the 896MB ram from the Dell to improve it a bit and hopefully get Windows 8 installed. My Dell Inspiron 531s won’t ...
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computer freezes 5 - 10 minutes after boot

I am running Windows Vista, for 3 years I have had no problems, not one. Now - after the second reformat I have ever done on it, it freezes after a seemingly random amount of time after boot. It ...
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How does dual PSU setup work?

This just an academical question, I am not looking to buy anything, I would just like to understand how it works. There is a number of dual PSU servers, eg. they have 2 power supplies, each running ...
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SSD Not Showing Up In BIOS Default Boot Options

I have had this problem for a while and this has come after an erasure of Ubuntu from my SSD. For some reason, my 240GB SSD does not show up in the list of default boot options. However, I can boot ...
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Computer time and bios resets everytime I unplug from wall

I am using an Asus P5GC-MX motherboard with a 700 watt power supply and I cannot figure out why this is happening. First I tried a new good brand battery with no luck. Next I flashed my BIOS and ...
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Do we have to check anything other than DDR while buying RAM?

After going through lot of blogs, I went ahead and brought this Kingston DDR2 4GB RAM. After the delivery when I tried to install it, i was unable to fit inside the ram slot. Am I missing something ...
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New 450w PSU boots up but no post/signal from the motherboard

I have a problem reagrding my new 450w that's not functionning correctly, there is no post or any signal from the motherboard. I made sure that other parts are working. here is the config: CPU: Intel ...
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What good is onboard processor graphics in a Xeon? [closed]

When I put together my FreeNAS box. I bought a CPU without on-chip graphics because I’m not using any display at all. But I was surprised to learn that the motherboard integrated graphics would work ...
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Supermicro part number variations?

Is there a key to the suffixes used in Supermicro mainboard part numbers? For example, Newegg sells a X10SL7-F-O but Supermicro's site only lists a X10SL7-F.
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Bios update for Pegatron Corporation A15 motherboard

I am fighting against a problem. The problem (short version) is that when I install Windows 8.1 on my laptop, when I restart it the screen is black. I already have a post regarding this problem here. ...
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Mem error follows address, not DIMM ; how to cope?

I have occasional BSOD that concerned me due to increading frequency. Once in two years, then 4 months, then 2 weeks. I ran Memtest86+ and it locked up after 6 minutes 20 seconds. It repeatedly ...
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Why are my sata 2 drives running in sata 1?

I have a GA-MA785GM-US2H running version F7 of bios if that matters and for some reason my sata 2 (actually sata 3 capable)drives are running at sata 1 speeds. This is confirmed in the boot sequence ...
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Acer cant boot, I get beep code then computer restarts beeps again then restarts

Originally the Acer Aspire desktop would beep 3 times pause then beep 3 more times over and over again then finally start up anyway and work without a problem. Today i had time to trouble shoot so i ...
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How can I figure out if my motherboard support High Density RAM

I've been reading for some time what the reason is that most of DDR2 rams are labeled "works on AMD only". I figured out that reason is that most of these "cheap" RAM modules are high density, which ...
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Do I need ECC support on motherboard in order to use ECC RAM? (even without ECC functionality)

I have this board: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2960 I want to buy 16GB ram modules, but I found that ECC fully buffered modules are MORE CHEAP than non-ECC modules ECC: ...
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DC-input motherboard How does HDD get power? — ASRock H81TM-ITX

This may be quite a simple question, but I do not know much of anything when it comes to building motherboards, voltages, wattages, and power. I am looking at this board - ASRock H81TM-ITX ...
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Is it possible to upgrade my Dell Inspiron 3421 processor? [closed]

I have Dell Inspiron 3421 Touch laptop. I'm planning to upgrade my PC for performance. (because it is performing poorly with heavy development softwares) I'm planning to buy this i7 processor. Will ...