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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How can I go about powering a laptop directly through the charger?

A while ago I thought I fried the motherboard of an old Dell E1705 laptop, and I am now realizing that may not be the case. This laptop, when the power button is hit and the battery has just been put ...
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Northbridge Heatsink Fell Off Motherboard

I have an Asus CG5290 and the northbridge heatsink popped off, right after that it shut down. Turned it back on and it said the northbridge was hot then started it again and the other was saying hot ...
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No video output after BSOD dxgmms1.sys

Today I have paused a (GPU heavy) computer game for a couple of hours. When I returned to my computer, a BSOD was showing mentioning dxgmms1.sys. I had no other choice than to reboot my computer. But ...
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screen on Dell Inspiron laptop crazy vertical and horizontals and fragmented lines, bad screen? Or board?

My Dell Inspiron laptop has gone into and unreadable crazy vertical and horizontal lines and cross lines etc. Nothing at all is readable. I connected a monitor externally and tried to type in my admin ...
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Is it reasonable to install Windows 7 on my Pentium D system?

I got have this old computer containing: Pentium D 2.8 GHz Socket 775 CPU 2x512MB DDR2 memory listed at 667Hz An ASUS P5LD2 motherboard An 80GB WD HDD (expect weak specs if there are several models ...
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What kind of standoffs work with this case?

I have a Chenbro PC61166 Xpider case which I got second hand. The standouts for ATX mounting are missing, but where there would normally be screw holes for me to install common brass standoffs, ...
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Does Server Ram work on a normal computer?

i need some help on choosing RAM for my computer. I have 2Gb on my pc and i am on a 32bit machine so i can only get up to 4gb of RAM. I am trying to find a x2 DDR2 PC2-5300 2GB for my computer and the ...
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Graphics card fans very loud, no video/unable to boot

So let's back up a few months. I came back from work one day to find my computer on (I remote desktop to it occasionally) but my graphics card (Gigabyte GTX 770 OC-2GB version) fans running very ...
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64 bit OS supported motherboard & Processor? [on hold]

I want to know How many Latest Motherboards & Processors compatible with 64 bit OS? I asked same question to Intel support, i got answered :- I would also like to inform you that the Linux ...
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determining presence of COM port on PCB of mother board 0WPG9H

I would like to find if there is a COM port on mother board Winbond Electronics'0WPG9H. There is no COM port wired on my device, and i would like to find if COM pins exist on PCB. Any idea how to ...
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Multiple storage controllers in same PC [on hold]

What limits the number of controllers inside a single PC? For example, if I do not care about enclosure, power, cooling considerations - and all the other superficial facts - what are the negotiable ...
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Asrock Motherboard Drivers

Which motherboard driver/utilities are worth installing? The installation prompt seems to be listing a lot of adware/bloatware, but I imagine within these lists are useful utilities, like one that ...
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Why is my CPU running slower than it should be?

I have an AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-core processor that should run at 3.30 GHz, however upon trying to overclock the processor (which I never got around to doing) I have found that it is running at 1.4 GHz ...
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Dell Inspiron 570 + Sapphire R9 280X

I bought a Sapphire Tri-X R9 280X to replace my old HD 3450, and moved my PC's components to a much larger case with a new 850W PSU. The card fit, but when I powered the PC on, I hear 9 beeps, and ...
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Will my new graphics card be supported with my current hardware configuration? [on hold]

I want to add a graphics card in my PC. My choice is an AMD Radeon R7 265X or nVidia GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 270X. But I'm confused, my motherboard doesn't support 4GB RAM modules! I have 2*2GB ...
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splitting 6 pin PCI-E cables

I am trying to add a second graphics card to a workstation. The machine already has a GTX970, and i have a spare GTX550Ti and GTX275 floating around. The 275 requires 2 PCI-E 6 pin connectors, the 550 ...
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What happens if I put an 1.5V ram stick in a 1.65V rated Motherboardslot?

I'm going to bulid my new gaming rig pretty soon. I allready got my DDR3 Ram sticks(KVR16N11K2/16 by Kingston). Is it possible to put those in a Motherboard which has 1.65V Rated RAM-Slots(the ...
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Soundmax drivers fail to install

Okay, so here is the problem I have a older Motherboard (ASUS Rampage Formula 1 ... The Original) and I recently decided to install windows 8.1 on to the computer. Without doing any research I later ...
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Optimal RAM configuration: one large DIMM vs multiple smaller DIMMS?

I have always been told there were performance advantages in using multiple smaller DIMMS vs a single larger DIMM (as the combined bandwidth of all the motherboard's RAM slots would be used). My boss ...
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Is the PCH part of the PCIe Root Complex?

I always thought that the CPU and the PCH together make up the Root Complex, because both contain Root Ports and therefore are connecting PCIe devices to CPU and memory, but yesterday I read this ...
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Will my “6-core CPU” motherboard support an 8-core CPU?

My motherboard is an ECS A885GM-A2 (V1.1). I recently decided to buy a new 8-core CPU. I only checked the socket-type and the wattage; I've never heard of "number of cores" being an issue. However, ...
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Deactivate or take control of Intel Vpro and Me

Processor is i5 4590 (Vpro capable) Chipset is B85 (Vpro not capable - http://ark.intel.com/products/75019 ). Motherboard is MSI B85 gaming - http://us.msi.com/support/mb/B85M_GAMING.html After ...
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Mainboard beeping for error but running fine - beep codes corrupt?

I traded CPU, PSU and Graphics Card with a friend. When I took his parts and build my PC everything works fine. When We tried to put my parts in his PC, the Mainboard did a non-ending 2 tone siren ...
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Update BIOS Z87X-OC Q-flash

I'm trying to fix some issues with my PC namely, the erratic CPU performance, power issues and graphics card malfunctions. I've been advised by the manufacturer of my PC to update the BIOS on my ...
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Why is the CPU frequency always very high on my system?

I have a Windows 7 Pro x64 system used as a home server. Hardware: Core i5, 4670K (3.4 GHz) on an ASRock Z87E-ITX with the latest UEFI firmware. I've discovered today that the CPU frequency is too ...
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Mainboard does wrong beep codes? [duplicate]

I traded CPU, PSU and Graphics Card with a friend. When I took his parts and build my PC everything works fine. When We tried to put my parts in his PC, the Mainboard did a non-ending 2 tone siren ...
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Do all PCI slots support dual PCI riser cards?

I could use an extra PCI slot since my motherboard only has one. Many online shops offer "dual PCI riser cards" such as this one: Those riser cards are usually meant for compact cases like rack ...
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Sometimes I see black screen after windows logo, especially with cold boots

When I'm cold booting from my computer, this happens: Motherboard Logo > Windows 8 loading logo > Black screen. In the black screen, keyboard "num lock" key does not toggle the num lock LED. ...
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Converting a 9 pin connector to a “normal” usb?

I bought a little drive from a flea market which is able to read various memory cards. I was interested because in my job I need from time to time to read such devices for various reasons (data ...
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Asus Zenbook (UX31E) powers on, but does not boot Windows 7 and the screen is black

I am currently running into an issue with my UX31E running on Windows 7 that I have had since 2011. I am not completely sure when this problem started, but ever since I can remember, I have never been ...
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Laptop unusually slow after being accidentally dropped. Hard drive was replaced but still slow

My laptop—a Dell 1747 i7 laptop—fell from my desk to the concrete floor of my basement office when my son tripped on its cord. As would expect, that was it for the hard disk. Luckily, though, the ...
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Building first PC in 7 years, some confusion hooking up case I/O connectors

The case I have is the Rosewell THOR V2. The motherboard I have is the ASUS Z87-PRO. I have hooked up majority of the case connectors. power sw reset sw p+/- HD LED AAFP USB 2.0 USB 3.0 Note: ...
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Cannot install Windows 8.1 on JBOD raid (AMD 770 chipset)

I am trying to make JBOD raid (yes, I know, that this is not a good idea, but I've decided to stick with it) and install Win8.1 on it. I've successfully created RAID in bios, but Windows 8.1 installer ...
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New graphics card - System shuts down when gaming

I bought a new Graphic card yesterday, a Geforce GTX 970, and I swapped it with my old one. and I realize now that maybe I should have done some more research about it beforehand, as it seems there is ...
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Heatsink Mount (standoff) screw broke off in motherboard backplate

Partial Solution (EDIT) I returned the board and the heat sink to Amazon. They are going to have a new board to me in 4 days. Honestly, to anyone reading this, I would try to do a return through your ...
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I just assembled my computer and the motherboard started smoking, how do I know which parts are affected?

I was changing my desktop case and after I got all parts together and turned it on, the motherboard started smoking next to the 4-pin power cable (the one that provides power to the processor). I'm ...
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Motherboard died, replaced with new, now optical drive won't read Windows disc to install W7 64bit

I'm running Win 7 32 bit. My motherboard (approx 9 yrs old) started going bad intermittently so I contacted the PC manufacturer (VelocityMicro). We concluded installing a new motherboard and ...
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6 pin PSU and 4 pin motherboard

recently purchased a new gigabtye 970a motherboard. The only issue I have is that while the atx 12v port on the mobo is 4 pin, the PSU cable seems to be 6 pin. Is there anyway to work around this?
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Do graphics cards, HDs, and other components use different amounts of power even if they use the same slot?

I’ve had this question in my head for a while, and was finally prompted to ask after reading this question which partially hinges on the answer. My question is: does the amount of power used—and ...
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Recommended BIOS for MSI Z68A-GD55 and GeForce GTX 970

After a video card failure, I recently upgraded to a GeForce GTX 970, MSI Chipset. The motherboard I have for this is an MSI Z68A-GD55. However, on POST, the behavior of the computer has changed. I ...
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Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN No onboard video

So I've been struggling with this motherboard for like a 3 straight days, and finally figured out the problem is the on board video out would not allow me to post. Well it was posting, I just couldn't ...
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Enabling on board video (Biostar N61PB-M2S) and GT 610

I'm currently trying to enable the on board video of my mother board and my GT 610 simultaneously so I can add a third monitor to my setup. In my BIOS options there are two modes for the on board ...
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Why two similar pci slots when only one is available?

I am reading the specs of an MSI mb http://us.msi.com/product/mb/H97MG43.html#hero-specification. 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1, supports x16 speed) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCI_E4, supports x4 ...
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No display after installation of graphics card

My desktop motherboard is XFX Geforce 9300. It has one x16 bus PCI Express port. It's working perfectly okay. Few days back I installed a Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card. It was working okay ...
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POST failure - Motherboard, PSU, GPU or other?

Last night, I was playing Far Cry 4 and had been at it a good hour or two when the sound suddenly broke up and stopped; next the PC switched itself off. It tried to reboot, but keep failing in a ...
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Computer enters strange unresponsive state when idle after motherboard replacement

A few weeks ago I was playing a game on my PC when suddenly, I heard a screech typical of what you hear right before the power cuts out via my headphones. I thought that was the case. However, my PC ...
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4gb twinmos 1600mhz RAM not working

I am using ECS G41T-m16 motherboard which have bus speed of FSB 1333 mhz. I have been using 2gb ddr3 apacer ram 300mhz for last 2 years.Recently, I have bought a 4gb twinmos 1600mhz RAM but it is not ...
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Motherboard issue?

I have a system that will partially start. It gets up to about 1GB of memory, then completely freezes. It detects all the memory I put in, whether it is 8 or 16GB. I have used completely different ...
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Internal S/PDIF connector on Gigabyte Z97 motherboard

I've ordered a Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 motherboard as part of a new system I'm building, here: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4955 Here's the back panel: ...
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Shuttle SZ87R6 Barebone can't boot when I install RAM to DIMM1 or DIMM2

I have two Shuttle SZ87R6 Barebone PCs with the following parts to install: CPU: Intel Core i7 i7-4790K Memory: 2 X HyperX FURY Series 8GB DDR3 1600MHz I had to update the bios in order to install ...