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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SSD connected to ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard not detected by Windows setup

Just built a new PC today and used the AsRock Z77 Motherboard. I haven't built a new PC in a long time, probably XP days. Went to install Windows 8.1 from a USB disk and Windows is telling me it ...
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HP Pavilion Media Center t3777.uk, motherboard P5LP-LE (Leonite), memory expansion

I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to upgrading computers (have replaced power supplies and graphics cards, but that's it). The computer above comes with 2Gb (2x1GB PC2-5300 MB/sec) occupying two ...
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How exactly does sideband addressing work and is it widely in use today?

For example, the now almost obsolete AGP adapters use sideband addressing. As I understand it, AGP cards are successors of PCI adapters and basically have a direct link to the CPU. I did use google, ...
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What should I upgrade to speed up my computer for better performance for game playing? [on hold]

My computer is Compaq Presario SR1817CL Desktop PC. It has its original PROCESSOR (AMD Athlon 64 processor 3200+ 2.0GHz) and Motherboard (AmberineM-GL6E) it came with. I did add more memory (3GB), ...
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Inconsistent startup issues

My computer crashed yesterday, and I was not able to start it up again until this morning. I tried yesterday for about two hours. When I pushed the power button, the fans would start up briefly, then ...
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When I hit DEL during start up, am I entering CMOS or BIOS?

For the longest time I assumed I was entering the BIOS setup and CMOS is a chip that holds the settings I set in BIOS in its memory. I recently read somewhere that when I am configuring the boot ...
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Building a computer, no output from on board video after power up

My son and I assembled the whole computer including tower, motherboard, cpu + cooler, graphics card, memory, hard disk, monitor, keyboard and mouse. When we power it up, we saw nothing on the screen, ...
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Dual Monitor Setup

I wanted to have a dual monitor setup, but it won't detect my 2nd monitor. I already went into BIOS and enabled the onboard graphics as well as the surround view. I've tried it before and it worked. ...
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Is there any way to replace the chip that has my phones IMEI number on it? [on hold]

Bought a Galaxy S5 from a guy on Craigslist. It was working fine and then a few hours later I couldn’t use calling, texting, or data. I took it into the AT&T store the next day and they told me ...
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Graphic card connected but bios shows as empty slot

I build computer and i plugged graphic card (MSI Radeon R9 270X) to motherboard (MSI H81M-P33) and connect this to power supply (Corsair VS450) 2x6 pins but BIOS does not detect graphic card in PCI-E ...
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Tricks to replacing motherboard fuses?

My laptop suffered a blown fuse and the backlight no longer works. It's a common problem for my make/model and I'm piecing together the information to attempt a repair. The fuse is the "Littelfuse" ...
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Can I determine this RAM slot is damaged? [duplicate]

While playing around with some old parts, I ended up with the following hardware setup: Mobo: ASROCK 775Dual-VSTA (2x DDRII slots) RAM: 2x Kingston DDRII 533 1GB (KVR533D2N4/1G) I noticed ...
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Is my motherboard broken?

I restarted my computer yesterday morning . It started to boot back up, but hung on the motherboards' boot screen. I could not select any options with my keyboard, which was working at the time. The ...
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hp elite book 8560w flashes 5 times but works fine?

my laptop "hp 8560w" startup and hang for about a minute or two what happens is my num lock and caps flashes "5 times" this repeats four times then it hangs for a while whowing hp logo then my ...
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Netbook's fried motherboard. Can the RAM be safely salvaged?

I gave a RAM module to a relative for using in a small netbook. The motherboard of said computer got fried (allegedly due to overheating) and I was planning on getting the module back for using in its ...
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Speed with multi-cpu motherboard

I'm looking at building a dual-cpu system, but I was wondering if there were any concerns with bottlenecks that I should be aware of since data is going to two different places now. I know that each ...
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Evaluate memory throughput

I use memtest86+ since years to evaluate memory throughput, allowing me to be sure everything is ok before putting a server in action. With one motherboard I can't have this information: The ...
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Which PC component is causing graphics malfunction after shutdown?

The problem emerges when the PC is shut down in Windows 8.1. The PC turns off and after powering on again there is no display output, graphics card does not run and the power off button does not turn ...
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Do you need to populate all NUMA nodes for a successful boot?

I'm shopping around for components to build a system for a personal hypervisor. I have the motherboard (two node NUMA) and one CPU and two sticks of RAM. Whenever I try to power the board on the fans ...
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What is the minimum spacing between memory slots on the motherboard?

I'm planning to purchase the motherboard GIGABYTE G1.Sniper B5 along with a pair of pair of (2 x (2 x Sticks) = 4 Sticks) DDR3 memory CMY16GX3M2A1600C9. I found the dimensions of the memory stick ...
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CPU freezes during heavy processing : Asus Z97C in Linux Mint 17.1

I got a new rig with Asus Z97C, Intel-i5-4690k, Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, no GPU. I installed Linux Mint 17.1 (based on Ubuntu 14.04.1) on it. Now, when doing something processor ...
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Why does my desktop PC crash after upgrading or installing new memory card?

Before I start detailing my issue with my computer system, I would like to let you know that my system is Compaq Presario SR1817CL Desktop PC. I bought this computer back in 2004 or 2005. Since then, ...
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Changing motherboard with a different socket type and CPU

I'm planning to change my motherboard to a AM3 socket, my socket now is a FM2 do I need to reformat all my drivers or just the driver with the OS on it?
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Ram speed compatibility [closed]

I have an Asus motherboard and I was going to upgrade my memory. The memory I was going to buy isn't listed in the manual. Would there be an issue? The board supports 1866 MHz and the memory is 1866. ...
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ECC memory in non ECC compatible wolfdale I333-d667

I know there are already some post of this theme, but I wanted to know if someone has tryed this with a wolfdale. I dont want to buy it and have problems booting or something like that. You may ...
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ATX Dell PSU to Offical ATX 2.0 spec pinout

Hey all I am using an old Dell Precision R5400 which has the 750w hot swap-able power supply. Problem being, since its a dell, the ATX pin layout is different than that of a normal, standard ATX 2.0 ...
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Accidentally plugged 6+2 PCIe into ATX 12V port, is everything damaged?

I haven't done a build in a long time and today just plugged the 6+2 PCIe into the ATX 12V port (why, given the simplicity of keying these plugs of this format, especially when a mistake can lead to ...
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Computer Randomly Powers Off. What's The Cause?

I upgraded my computer a month or two ago now and now every so often, my computer will randomly shutdown (and then restart after about 5 seconds). To clarify, it usually shuts down when coming out of ...
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How to tell if it's either the CPU or the Motherboard that is bad?

I have an Acer 5536 laptop that won't boot. I've already tested the memory modules and the hard drive and both are ok. The problem is that I don't know how to tell which one is the problem: the CPU or ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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asus p8z77-v lx and gtx 970 not working in pci-e 16x

Today I got this motherboard cause my old p67 motherboard wouldn't work with msi gaming gtx 970. It showed a black screen and refused to post, like it wasn't even connected with the monitor. This same ...
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What affects the responsivness of the computer? [closed]

I want to buy a new computer and what's the most important for me is the responsivness : the computer could be running for 200days in a row, have 50apps running I want to be able to open a new app or ...
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Unable to install motherboard in the correct height position

I just bought a new chassis for my PC, the Commander MS-I (Snow Edition). When I tried to install the motherboard I noticed it is at an incorrect height so I am unable to install the graphics card. ...
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Fried my motherboard/PSU?

I was experimenting with making a custom switch to start my computer, and I was using an LED toggle switch (I know now it's supposed to be a momentary) that needed 12v power for the light. ...
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New mother board…operating system not found

Have HP DV6000. Installed motherboard from another HP DV6000. Turn machine on..get HP logo....then black screen with Operating System Not Found in upper left hand corner.
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Using custom front panels on Intel servers [closed]

How do I use third-party front panels to go with the 24-pin SSI-compliant front-panel connectors for Intel servers? I am trying to use some refurbished server chassis. The front control panel (one ...
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Common beep codes reference [duplicate]

What are the common beep code alerts for most BIOS out there? Author note: I'm posting this QA after finding an excelent resource leading from this QA
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xfx750i support for intel pentium G3240

I have a XFX750i Motherboard and want to upgrade my CPU to Intel Pentium G3240, or Intel Pentium G3580. So my question is whether my Motherboard will support either of these CPUS??
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no power after resseting cmos?

My computer wouldn't let my usb keyboard work on boot and i could not access BIOS. So, i did what i usually do and remove the battery from the mobo and put it back again.At first, it would turn on but ...
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Is it safe to assume that a mobo of a given form factor will not be even 1/2 a inch larger than the specified form factor? [closed]

spoiler: unfortunately this might be a very naive question... I own a microATX case and I'm looking for a new motherboard. The case is from a HP preassembled, and it exactly fits the old motherboard ...
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Which piece of hardware in my desktop is failing?

Almost 2 years ago I built a custom desktop. This week it seems to be becoming inoperable. It's a dual boot system capable of booting to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. When I sat down at it the other ...
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What hardware is needed to support ECC UDIMM / ECC RDIMM

There are 2 types of server RAM's UDIMM unbuffered (or unregistered) ECC (Error correction) RDIMM registered (buffered) ECC memories. The main difference between them is that UDIMM are using CPU's ...
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Does MotherBoard limit RAM?

http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/hewlett-packard-09e0h-mainboard-specifications/ ^^ That page lists the specs of my motherboard. It says that it can support 4 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM slots Supports DDR2 ...
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Audio on headphones not playing when plugged in

I just wanted to leave this for future reference so other people that may end up with this problem can fix it. I upgraded to the MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming motherboard and when I plugged in my headphones to ...
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New pci-e video card makes computer not boot

I'm trying to upgrade the video card on my Dell Vostro 460 mini tower (from 2011, i5 3.something GHz, 4GB RAM). The card is a "Gigabyte Radeon R7 250X 1GB 1x HDMI, 1x DVI, 2x Display Port PCI-e". This ...
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Is it a PSU or motherboard failure? Or something else?

My desktop computer suddenly stopped working today. When it happened, the fuse in the house was also knocked off. After switching it back on, I tried to turn the computer back on but nothing happened ...
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Why does sensors-detect only see my coretemp-isa-000 adapter?

I am running Kubuntu 14.04 with an intel i7-4790k cpu and ASRock extreme 6/ac motherboard, but sensors-detect does not give me anything but the core ISA adapter. I know I can sense fan speeds on the ...
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How do I identify counterfeit hardware?

A peer recently told me to be aware of counterfeit Intel CPUs. I built my PC just last year and now I’m afraid I might be affected. How would I discover counterfeit hardware? My PC: GPU: Asus GTX 780 ...
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Intel server motherboard S1200V3RPS diagostic LED displays unlisted POST code

After some initial hiccups, I was able to get the Intel motherboard to at least power up. Now it does not start the boot process. I tried to understand the LED displays which explain problems ...
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Power supply unit for Intel server motherboard S1200v3RPS with Xeon E3 processor. 5-pin aux power cable missing

I am trying to put a server together to install Ubuntu. I bought an Intel S1200v3RPS motherboard and plugged an Intel Xeon E3 processor on it. I purchased a 1U chassis from Supermicro with a ...