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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Does the GHZ of A CPU Make A Huge Difference

I am currently running an i3-2330M @ 2.2GHZ -- I was looking at 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-5010U processor. I understand obviously that the new one would be a 5th Gen and it's a 5010U which is obviously ...
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Computer doesn't start after i upgraded RAM. DDR3 RAM

I have bought a new stick of RAM and I installed in my computer and after that it will not start. The display remains black and shows nothing. The new stick is working because I tried in another ...
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Display not working even after trying new graphics card

I am having some odd issues with my brothers computer. There were issues with the screen not getting any input, but the computer would be starting up fine, no beeps or anything. I attempted using ...
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Determine which component failed on a motherboard

Laptop powers up from the battery but it does not from the charger and it doesn't charge the battery either. I have measured voltages on power circuit components (see in the attached image). ...
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Building Motherboards: CPU compatibility

I have an Acer predator ag7750-u3222 which comes stock with Intel's Core i7-930 Processor. I have an Core i7-3770 processor available. How do you check compatibility with processors and ...
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If a motherboard has onboard graphics, can I use a monitor for BIOS

I am building a home server that will run FreeNAS with a Plex media server plugin, and will only ever plug it into a monitor to do the initial command line setup. If I get a mother board like this ...
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Laptop exact ram slots

I have an ASUS K46CB with 6G ram (2G+4G). Today I bought a 4G ram and replaced the 2G. When I replaced I saw only 2 ram slots, but in ram profile tab of task manager, it says “slots used: 2 of 4”. ...
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U2442 laptop no power

I have a gigabyte U2442V that does not power up when I press power button... No LEDs are on. For some reason before its death I had to keep doing static discharges to make it work... A while after ...
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New Computer Build Won't boot with RAM in the 3rd slot

At first when I built the machine, all 4 slots were filled with the same RAM. I know for sure the RAM is compatible with the motherboard. The computer did not boot, and it would power-cycle. I got it ...
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Upgrading to Windows 10 — Need to change motherboard?

My current motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V LE PLUS) does not have any Windows 10 drivers listed on the official site. Does this mean I will have substandard performance on my machine if I upgrade to Windows ...
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Motherboard sees usb stick but won't boot of it

I have a ASUS x99-A mainboard and am trying to install ubuntu 14.04 from a usb stick. I have copied it on two different, fat32 formatted usb sticks, with dd and can boot from both on my other ...
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Laptop not showing display

My laptop only shows a black screen, When I start, the power light and HDD light blink, but after 3 seconds, only the power light shows. I have hcl notebook l1044, Intel hm65 chipset, pentium b950 ...
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Unable to POST Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI, amd A8 7600 Apu

I've not been able to POST with the given hardware. When starting up. The screen freezes halfway whilst attempting to enter the bios. I've tried the dvi and hdmi connections but both ddn't work. Hope ...
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Too Much Hardware Reserved Memory

Background My parents have a Gateway lx6810-01 that had 32 bit Windows Vista Home Premium. It has two 4 GB sticks of RAM installed (GSkill F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT), totaling 8 GBs. The RAM came with the ...
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How can I fix my pc after power failure during windows updates?

I was executing windows updates on my pc. The power failure was caused by the main motherboard power connector. A prong on this connector was bent enough that it was wedged into the motherboard and ...
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Why do I have 495.5 MB of ram?

So as far as I know, Ram comes in sticks of (In MB) 256, 512, 1024 and so on. For some reason my one stick of ram is being registered both by bios and the OS as 495.5 MB. It should be mentioned that I ...
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SSD (SATA) Disk along side RAID with 3 Disks

I have the P6T7 WS motherboard (https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P6T7_WS_SuperComputer/) and wanted to install 4x 4TB drives as a RAID 10 on the ICH10R Serial ATA connectors (6 times) , I have also ...
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Does the audio codec matter if i'm using S/PDIF audio out?

I'm going to build a new home theater PC and i'm going to use a AMD A1. That platform only has a handful of motherboards to choose. The one with the best audio chip is a Realtek ALC892, which is know ...
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How could one flash Coreboot onto a Bios Chip? [closed]

I am not the owner of a coreboot supporting motherboard butam interrested in how it would be possible in theory to flash coreboot onto the supported BIOS chips and could not find a tutorial anywhere? ...
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How can I know the bus speed of my laptop's motherboard?

I want to know the bus speed of my mainboard , so that I can be sure about the bus speed of my RAM . My laptop is : asus k42f Note: I am asking for tools or software or any trick which will tell ...
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What frequency does impedance matching become important [closed]

I am in the process of making a motherboard for a Pentium III processor, with a bus speed of 66/100 MHZ and core clock of 800MHZ. What I need to know is at what frequency in general do I have to start ...
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Low CMOS battery but it's brand new [closed]

When booting my old PC it says low CMOS battery so I replaced it with a spare battery which I bought a few years back. Upon booting from power-off state, it still says low CMOS battery. Is it ...
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2 hard disk not working at once

i recently bought seagate 1000 GB SATA hard disk for extra storage, and currently using seagate 500GB SATA hard disk with intel dual core 1.8GHz, intel 945GCPE motherboard, But when connected both ...
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System is not booting up when mixing 1600 RAM kit with 1333

I have a X8DA3/X8DAI motherboard http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/QPI/5500/X8DA3.cfm , 2x e5645 2.4Ghz, and 32GB 1333, dual channel memory 4x8GB RAM sticks, just got Kingston Hyperx ...
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Will these parts be compatible together? [closed]

I am looking to build a PC that is meant just for gaming and programming. If I go through with it, it will be my first PC build ever. I've watched a few videos to learn how to build a computer and ...
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Network adapter not recognised

I've had to re-format my PC and installed Win 7 Pro. Got everything installed but Network Adapter not being recognised so I've got no internet. I don't have the motherboard driver CD so I attempted ...
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Can i put my “Intel Core 2 Duo E8200” on “Intel Q965 Express chipset”?

Can i put my "Intel Core 2 Duo E8200" on "Intel Q965 Express chipset"? i know that my motherboard is compatible with "E6700" Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6700 (2.66-GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, 1066-MHz FSB) ...
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Computer Don't start - Changed MOBO , PSU , VGA , RAM

I have an ASUS P5W DH DELUXE with Core 2 Duo E6400 and 1GB x 4 ADATA RAM The computer failed to start and started troubleshooting. I changed the PSU (bought 3 of them) [1x450Watt , 1x500Watt , ...
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Can't find specifications or compatible upgrades for motherboard [closed]

I'm currently looking to upgrade my desktop, but I can't seem to find anything about my motherboard. I currently have a DX4850-41c(old, I'm aware), and the motherboard is MB.GBL01.002. I know the ...
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Average lifetime of a RTC (Real-Time Clock) on a motherboard? [closed]

I have a series of computers in the company I work for that all suddenly started to lose track of time and start falling behind a few seconds to a minute in terms of system time (until Windows ...
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Can I create Raid Secondary Storage in Windows 8.1 Pro?

I have Asus MAXIMUS V FORMULA Z77 chipset motherboard It has: 2 Intel sata z77 6.0 Gb/s controllers (used currently) 2 Intel sata z77 3.0 Gb/s controllers (used currently) 4 Asmedia sata z77 6.0 ...
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I disconnected my PC for a clean up, and now the screen is not working

I disconnected my PC for a clean up, and also to change The DVD reader. I trusted myself that i would remember how to connect everything to the motherboard again, but, something is not working well: ...
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Dual ethernet interaction [closed]

I was looking at the overview for MSI's new X99A motherboard and noticed that it came with two ethernet ports. I've only ever used motherboards with a single ethernet adapter so I am wondering how the ...
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Computer making various noises and sometimes runs slowly

My computer has been making some very strange noises for several months now. The first noise it made was when I installed Speed Fan and after the second time of running the program, my computer made a ...
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OS reinstallation after motherboard replacement

I am thinking of buying a new processor ( a Pentium g3250) and a compatible mobo (ASRock Intel H81M) to go with it. They will be replacing an old Celeron processor on a g31 mobo. My question is: ...
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DDR3 1866 for Mobo that support 1600 only

i am unclear on this point if the Mobo says it support only 1333/1600, no o/C mentioned, but has XMP support will 1866 work at all? if so, will it work at 1866 or 1600? i am asking because i ...
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Artic Silver ArtiClean on motherboard

So I think I messed up today. Because I was experiencing severe fps drops on my three year old Alienware m14x r2, I decided to clean it out with compressed air and repaste the thermal paste (with IC ...
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What happens when your computer's ram limitation is bigger than motherboard's? [duplicate]

I recently ran a benchmark test to see how my computer reacts with a new video card. Well, the results were very good, but I found out that my ram limitation is bigger than the motherboard can have. ...
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How is time calculated between the Mobo/BIOS and the OS?

I'm attempting to work through this issue where a Windows 8.1 PC regularly loses track of time, sometimes going from (as an example) 1pm on one day to 8am on a previous day. The values vary. Every ...
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Brand new computer fails to boot, powers on and off immediately, despite running fine while installing OS

I've exhausted Google search in attempt to solve my issue, and I'm fairly confident there's no single solution but I'd like to get some brand new ideas. The specs: ASUS X99 Sabertooth 8x8GB G.Skill ...
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Continuous ticking sounds coming from the system speaker with no display

My PC has an issue that I can't make sense of, even after doing some troubleshooting on my end and pinpointing that the culprit is the motherboard. I shut my PC down one night, everything normal, ...
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Graphics card suddenly stopped working(Fan is working) [closed]

I just replaced my motherboard because my other motherboard was broken. I bought a new CPU, ram and motherboard. It all went good until my CPU was getting very hot (My post). Suddenly when i was ...
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Can a processor gpu still be used for video transcoding if the motherboard is disabled from using processor gpu?

I am planning to get the following motherboard and cpu. Asrock Rack e3c224d4i-14s Intel Xeon e3-1276v3 However, after reading the spec sheet on Asrock Rack/Intel Ark, the above mentioned motherboard ...
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Why is my motherboard temperature a constant arbitrary number?

checked with Piriform Speccy. checked with open hardware monitor checked with hardware sensor monitor(this one shows different statistics)
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Can my PC handle a Nividia GTX 750 Ti? [closed]

I am willing to update my graphics card to Nividia GTX 750 Ti but I am confused about the power supply and the motherboard if they can support it or not. Motherboard System Manufacture: Gigabyte ...
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New PC, boots fine, but no USB devices work AsRock H61m-itx

I just bought a second hand PC Mobo : ASRock H61m-itx UEFI P1.70 Intel CPU G870 It boots fine, but no USB devices actually work. They receive power ( the mouse becomes illuminated etc ). The ...
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PC doesn't boot most of the time

PC is now dismantled down to: motherboard (Asus Z97AR) CPU (Core i7) PSU (750W) Motherboard and CPU are new, PSU is old. If you continuously turn the power on, then of, then on again, ...
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Computer randomly loses signal to monitor

Around a month ago I build my first computer, and I've had no problems until now. For about a week my computer has lost signal to the monitor, is only able to be turned off from the PSU. (The fans ...
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switch from motherboard graphic chip vs graphic card?

Sorry for this noob Q, I bought my first Graphic card for games. It is a big monster with fans. Can I use it just for games? I read somewhere, but may be mistaken, that the computer can’t handle 2 ...
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Put USB to PC Front Panel

I am going to DIY my PC case. But this problem happens to stock cases also. For example, I use the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK motherboard. It has 2x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0 ports through the internal ...