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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Ram speed compatibility

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? [on hold]

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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TOSHIBA Satellite L755D motherboard upgrade [closed]

I have a TOSHIBA Satellite L755D with Radeon HD graphics and would like to upgrade the video card which is integrated to the motherboard. What I want is another motherboard entirely as I know the ...
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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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Can I use motherboard sound HDMI outputs at same time at seperate card? And is it worth upgrading to 4 speakers from 5? [closed]

I'm planning on building a new PC soon, with an ASUS H81M-PLUS motherboard. I currently use an external USB DAC into my seperates system for sound - and its great. But I use a 2 channel amp with two ...
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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 ...
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Where are S/PDIF connectors on an MSI A58M-E35 motherboard?

I've checked MSI site and nothing about them there. Checked all the blogs and still nothing. Trying to connect a Gigabyte GeForce 9800GT video card to Motherboard. Has a 2 pin cable but can't figure ...
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ASUS M2N68 BEEP 1 long, 3 short, Tried everithing, works only with one video card

I have the following configuration: ASUS M2N68 Rev.2 AMD AM2 5400+ 2x1 Gb Kingston DDR800 GeForce 8400GS 256M/64B PCIx SL500-A PSU The PC works like a charm for years until I accidentally pressed ...
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Will cutting the ground cable of my desktop's front panel USB conector fix heaphone noise w/o adverse effect?

The headphone port (3.55mm jack) in my desktop's front panel produces static noise when the USB 2.0 port next to it is connected to the motherboard. According to this answer, you can solve this by ...
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Is my motherboard defective?

Last month I bought a new Esonic motherboard with intel G41 chipset and a 4GB DDr3 1333Mhz Ram and installed my old processor, Intel Dual core E2140 (1.6 Ghz, 800Mhz FSB ) in it. Now after starting ...
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Do some recent Intel-chipset-based Motherboard support PCIe 3.0? Web is undecided

I'm thinking of getting a motherboard, which I need to (properly) support PCIe 3.0. Now, I've been looking at Intel's desktop chipset website, e.g. here, and that says their current performance ...
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How do I get my B75 Pro3-M to use my 1600 MHz ram sticks?

I have a B75 Pro3-M motherboard that supposedly supports 1600 MHz RAM sticks. I have 4 sticks of 4 GB Kingston KVR16N11S8/4 set up at the moment (which is 1600 MHz). In Windows however it's reported ...
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Does Wake-on-LAN (WoL) depend on the motherboard or the network card?

This question was spurred by discovering the Acer M670G seems not have an Wake-on-LAN (WoL) settings in the BIOS and in general, wondering whether WoL is controlled by the BIOS/NIC or the OS. One of ...
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USB device prevents system POST

I've experienced this with multiple machines and multiple pieces of hardware. The system never beeps, there's no screen display from the POST. Sometimes removing the offending device lets the system ...
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CPU fan speed not increasing while in game

I have a weird CPU fan issue - as long as I'm playing a game (Cities: Skylines), the CPU fan keeps spinning at the usual RPM while the CPU temperature starts increasing. As expected, the CPU overheats ...
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How to clear the BIOS security password on this notebook?

I recently got an Acer Aspire E11 (E3-112m) and in order to install another OS I had to set a Supervisor password, so I used a well known password to me, the problem is that such password contains a ...
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Why does my Dell Inspiron 14R N4010 laptop automatically power off after 2 hours? [closed]

I am having an problem with automatic power off problem on my Dell Inspiron 14R N4010 laptop. When I power on my laptop it’s running only for only 2 hours and after that it automatically powers off ...
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Computer won't start/react while new gpu is plugged in

I just upgraded my computer and changed almost everything except for the case and psu (650W). My parts: ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VII HERO Intel Core i7-4790K Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB 2.5" OEM Corsair ...
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Error on Memtest86 with 2 Modules

When running memtest86 with new 2x4GB modules I get some million errors. Testing them individually results in no errors at all. I already increased the voltage from 1,5V to 1,6V. I also reduced the ...
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XFX 7950 — Not Connecting?

So, I have an XFX 7950 card on my ASRock 970 motherboard. I have the card connected on the motherboard and everything setup. The system was working fine this morning. The computer turns on fine and ...
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Linux desktop died … how can I tell what caused it?

I just built a desktop from scratch with a ASRock z97 extreme6/ac motherboard and I came in this morning to see that it was dead with a '00' on the motherboard. We had some thunder last night, but we ...
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Computer does not boot, even POST does not execute

I had some problems with booting windows for last weeks. I needed to select boot device every time to boot Windows. Resetting several times to default values didn't helped so as reinstalling different ...
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two PCI-E graphic cards how to [closed]

read through a pci-e card doesn't work with the other two graphic cards but I think my problem is different. My need is to be able to run two OSes, each having using a different PCI-E graphics ...
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Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?

I have a Dell Precision T3610 workstation that currently has two 3.5" SATA HDDs installed, and I'd like to add two more 2.5" disks in a hot-swap bay. I have two free SATA ports, but I'm struggling to ...
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Computer turns on fine every day except Sunday. (Maybe due to not using it for a while?)

For over a month, I have come home from a Saturday 16-hour shift on Sunday morning to find that my computer won't turn on. Every day of the week besides that one, the computer runs flawlessly. I ...
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Trouble booting after replacing CMOS battery

After replacing my CMOS battery today, I initially got the expected BIOS warning that the CMOS settings are wrong in that the time was off. After I set the time, I had the BIOS save the updated ...
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intel DG41RQ motherboard is not booting

I have a desktop pc with intel DG41RQ motherboard. It gives a single beep on startup and never boot. The fan and lights remain running nicely. Note. This pc remain unused for 5 moths and now when I ...