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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What is this chip on my motherboard?

I have a question that is really driving me crazy! I have a dell xps M1210 laptop. The other day I opened it to apply thermal paste. There are 2 chips connected to the heatsink, one raised, and one ...
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Computer will not boot after motherboard swap

I have a HP pavilion dv7 which came with Win8. It was dropped and broke into two. 3 days later it completely stopped working. After some diagnosis I concluded it was the Motherboard. I could not find ...
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Fan max power consumption on MS-7395

I'm wondering where I can find detailed specification of a MSI MS-7395 motherboard. What bothers me is if I can use 12V 2.6W sys fan on that board. I really don't want to screw the board. Previously, ...
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Why are bigger PCIe cards mechanically incompatible with smaller slots?

Why are higher-lane PCIe cards mechanically incompatible with lower-lane slots? For example, why are the x8 slots designed in such a way that an x16 card can not be inserted into them? They could have ...
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Loud Noisy (CPU Watercooler?) Fans

I have an issue with my computer lately, I built my computer 3 months ago and I assume my CPU watercooler fan is getting louder. I have a Corsair H100i Watercooler, Intel Core i5-3570k CPU, ASRock Z77 ...
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Does my Memory (RAM) socket type need to match my CPU (RAM) socket type?

I am currently trying to build a PC and Have found the hard drive that I want, but now as I look into the memory ((DDR3)) none of the memory I want matches the CPU memory slot type of 1150; all of ...
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eSATA drives keeps disappearing, only reappears after reboot

I have one relatively fat PC at home, that I use as a server, a back-up drive included, and as my gaming PC as well. The Operating System is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I currently have an ASUS ...
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HP Compaq 610 cpu fan change

I want to check my CPU fan power port is working. Originally it had 0.2A fan. and it stopped working and i odered a fan and it is 0.5A fan. It is not working when it plug to mother board.External ...
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Where I can find Compal QAL51 components? [closed]

I'm trying to find a replacement motherboard for my Compal QAL51 and I cant find it anywhere. Someone can help me?
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Will a PCI Express x16 2.0 slot work with a PCI Express x16 3.0 graphic card

I am thinking of getting a EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti and put it in my HP Pavilion a6518f Desktop PC. I upgraded the power supply to a 350W switch is enough I think. But I am worried about the ...
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Computer is Shutting off Randomly Throughout the Day - Need to Tilt Case to Restart

Throughout the day, my Windows 7 desktop system is shutting down without warning every 2-6 hours or so. The frequency seems to be getting greater, but I'm not yet completely sure of that fact. This is ...
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Which motherboards/CPUs will work with 4+ GPUs? [closed]

I'd like to build a GPGPU machine with four (or as many as practicable) GPUs. Which motherboard/CPU combinations can support four or more GPUs? Is there some fundamental limitation of 40 PCIe lanes ...
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Connect Radeon R9 290X DirectCU 2 to Corsair HX850

I have received a new graphics card after my old one died after a couple of weeks The card is a Radeon R9 290X DirectCU 2 and i wish to install it I got a single wire with it; one side has 8 pins and ...
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Maximum RAM restrictions

So I have a eMachines ET1862 with an Intel i3-550 and 2GB DDR3 RAM. Since 2GB is wayyy too slow (quick look at task manger shows it's been running at ~80% RAM since boot) I want to upgrade the RAM. ...
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ecs 945p/pl-a multimedia and video controller drivers

Where can I download the multimedia and video controller drivers for windows 7 32-bit. My motherboard is: ecs 945p/pl-a
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I installed a thicker 1TB hard drive in my laptop, could this cause more heating to the motherboard?

I searched for a similar question around the web, but I couldn't find anything. I have Lenovo G580 and I swapped the built-in Seagate 500GB hard drive for WD Blue 1TB. The thicker WD Blue drive fits ...
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Failing CPU, PSU or Motherboard?

So i have a HP desktop and when I press the power button all sounds well (fans, hard drive) but then it turns right back off within 7 seconds. There are No beep Codes, or noises. So I am trying to ...
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Beep-Codes definition for ASUS motherboard

I'm having a hardware failure when booting then I need to know the exact beep-code definitions for this model: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Someone could provide me the beep-codes of that motherboard?, I ...
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Is there a way to repair ripped off fan connectors?

The white ones with four pins that connect to the motherboard.
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Constant beeping with new PSU, no video output

So, my friends computer is not producing video output. The monitor works, I've tried the CPU and RAM inside of my computer, so I know they work. On the initial build we forgot standoffs and the ...
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ASUS X501a does not start up(fan spins, HDD does not spin, black screen)

Repairing my friend's ASUS X501a laptop. After power up, it goes into a black screen. The fan spins a few seconds after powering up , but HDD refuses to spin. I have tried the following: Plugged a ...
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How to find motherboard model from offline HDD

My HP 8540w laptop had a water spill accident and motherboard is damaged. I don't remember exact specs about which CPU is there and other model details. Is there any way to get this info on HDD when ...
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MemTest86+ bad adresses constant despite swapping sticks, processor/MOBO to blame?

(Sorry for the wall of text, but people seem equally critical of missing details) After about 2 years without trouble, I've been having issues recently with system instability, BSODs, random ...
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Asus m5a97 r 2.0 RAM Dimm B1 B2

Since few days, Windows says Memory 8 GB (3.98 GB usable) BIOS detect all sticks of my RAM - Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4 x 2 GB), but only 4 GB is usable. BIOS(UEFI) is up to date (2501). I tried ...
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Air cooling a liquid cooled motherboard

So i am going to purchase an asus rampage IV watercooled motherboard, however i will not be constructing a cooling system for a few months (when i have the rest of the system) will the motherboard run ...
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12 volt motherboard power connector

I'm having an issue using a motherboard I bought recently and a pre-existing power supply. I'm using a Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 3 Intel Z97 (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard and a Corsair GS 600 as my ...
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Troubleshooting PC power-on irregularity, narrowed down to ASUS VRM Spread Spectrum, why?

There are many resources online regarding the issue when the PC shutsdown a few seconds after pressing the power button. I have a variation of the problem which is reproducible under certain ...
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Will overclocking my chipset increase the performance of integrated graphics?

My AMD Radeon HD 5830 recently broke (overheated because the fan stopped working), and I am currently attempting to run games on integrated graphics, on my chipset. Many games are responding slowly, ...
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Memtest86+ freezes with 16GB RAM upgrade

I just bought a 16GB (4x4GB) set of CML16GX3M4A1600C9B RAM for my system, upgrading from an older 8GB (4x2GB) set that's currently in the system. Before purchasing, I checked the manual for my ...
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Is there a SATA cable which can connect to multiple disks?

I have a motherboard with just few SATA slots but have to put quite few hard disks in the box, so naturally I easily ran out of free slots. I wonder if there are forked cables (I have no idea what ...
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Gygabyte motherboard doesn't power off

I have a home-made pc with a Gygabyte G1 Sniper.3 motherboard (BIOS version F7) and Windows 7 64bit. It has been working flawlessly for almost two years but in the last three weeks it seems to have ...
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Need help updating or finding a more suitable video driver for Toshiba Satellite L775

I recently installed a new SSD in my Toshiba Satellite L775 laptop, just got Windows 7 (64 bit) up and running (clean install as my HDD died) and it seems to be functioning apart from the fact I can ...
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PC Continues fast short beep or Continues long beep

I hope I can ask this one here. Can Anyone please help me on this. I was trying to format my pc since the bootmgr is missing., MY pc has a motherboard Asus H61ME. I have a Video card GeForce GT 620 ...
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How can I install Windows through an ASUS P5Q's orange and white SATA ports?

I have an ASUS P5Q motherboard, which apparently has two SATA controllers - the standard Intel one (red ports), and a Marvell controller (orange and white ports). I need the Intel controller to be in ...
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Mouse light doesn't turn off when computer is off

I've bought a Coolermaster devastator bundle with my new PC. When i shut down the computer, the light on the mouse never turns off. The keyboard lights are off. Both peripherals are plugged with USB. ...
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No video output, tried everything

My friends computer we built suddenly stopped producing video output. It's been a while and I've tried everything. We replaced the PSU, tried 2 different sets of RAM, 2 different CPUs 3 different ...
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mITX Intel dh77df MB and i3 3556 setup not booting, fan comes on for 2 secs

So I was installing a new SSD into the machine. Worked fine then I booted again and it just stopped. ( I did see the mb spark up a little when i booted it ) I got a constant beep (manual says thermal ...
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asus P5P43TD PRO not recognizing new 4GB DDR3 1600MHz memory

So, this week I bought this new ram stick: http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/?partid=kvr16n11s8/4 DDR3 4GB 1600MHz SRX8 Kingston, 1.5V This is my motherboard: ...
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Computer reacting weird to RAM configurations

I have a very old computer a dell vostro 200 slim and it's playing up again. PC MANUAL The computer has worked fine for quite some time with 2 matched 1GB RAM modules and 2 mismatched 1GB ones. ...
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If a motherboard doesn't support ram freq, is still compatible?

For example, my Asrock P67 Extreme4 says this: Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory Is the ram at 2400 Mhz compatible? Will the performance be downgraded or ...
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Getting constant APPCRASH on Kernelbase.dll

Specs: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD6350FRHKBOX G.SKILL Sniper Series ...
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CPU, GPU fans spinning at full speed after shutdown

My computer has been running fine for 4 years, but yesterday it starts to exhibit odd behavior: After I shut down the computer, the CPU and GPU fans start spinning at full speed (everything else ...
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New Motherboard, but no display output on motherboard nor on graphic card

I got a new Asus P8H77 -V LE and installed it into my PC: Asus P8H77 -V LE Intel i5-3550 Saphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 8GB-Kit G.Skill PC3-10667U CL9 WD Caviar Green 1TB Thermaltake Hamburg ...
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44-pin IDE to 40-pin IDE extension

I have two 44-pin IDE drives that I want to connect to a motherboard that has a standard 40-pin IDE port. Due to space limitations in the case, it would work best if I could use an IDE cable that has ...
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Ip conflict and ethernet issues

I have this mobo Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI rev 2.0 http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4732#ov which has two lan ports and when i unplug the jack from atheros port and plug it to intel ...
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Replacing processor on a motherboard. Any restrictions? [closed]

When I replace the processor module to a compatable one with a motherboard, are there any restrictions that I should follow? I will clean install the os and don't need any of the data I have ...
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ASUS laptop stuck in splash screen loop. Can't access BIOS with HDD installed

I have an ASUS laptop (model u56e, windows 7 64-bit) that is baffling me right now. I was recently on a trip, laptop working fine, though partitioned SATA HDD a bit overloaded with vacay pics. On way ...
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So-DIMM to DIMM adapter?

I have some nice 4GB SO-DIMMs from a broken workstation laptop that I would like to put to use in my desktop. Would this be possible? I did a bit of googling and found a SoDIMM to DIMM adapter on ...
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Segmentation fault while installing any linux distro (or windows)

I'm need of a little help from you. I'm having troubles while installing any distribution of Linux (or even Windows) in a computer .. I never had troubles installing an operating system in this ...
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Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Ensure the disk's

I recently put together a self built rig. The all the parts seem to work, but when I try to install windows 8, I get the following error message: 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This ...