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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Is there a way to find out max Memory per slot

I have a Packard Bell EasyNote Packard Bell (a division of Acer) Easynote TE69BM (ENTE69BM-29204G50Mnsk) laptop which has 4gb of memory stock. All PC scans show that there are two RAM slots, but when ...
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3-pin CPU cooler on socket 1150 has allways only constant fixed fan speed

I have following PC configuration MB ASUS Z97-P with Intel Core i5-4460 Cooler Master X Dream i117 As per here the cooler works well on 1150 socket. But ASUS Fan Xpert cannot adjust the cooler ...
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Lowering DDR3 speed back to 1333 after enabling XMP

I have following setup: GA-P55-UD3 Motherboard CPU i5-750 2.67Ghz I recently bought 8GB of Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz CL9 RAM but my system showed it as running at 1333Mhz so following some internet ...
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4Core1333-FullHD not using full 8GB of Ram

I have a 4Core1333-FullHD motherboard and have just put in 4x2GB DDR2 800MHz PC2-6300 240PIN DIMM nonECC desktop memory, and my 64bit Windows 7 Home Premium is only allowing / showing 3.56 GB as ...
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Windows 7 64-bit 3.2GB out of 8GB are used only

I recently bought 8GB of ram (2x4GB). And since I installed I checked in the resource monitor and it says that only 3.2GB are usable while the rest is "hardware reserved". It should be clear that the ...
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Memory Issues But memorytest is clean

I got a 16GB system, and lately (I have made no hardware changes lately and no real software changes either) its been doing weird things with crashing and not letting me use all the memory. SPECS: ...
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Is it possible to install 4GB (4X1GB chips) on a Gateway e6300?

I installed 4 1GB RAM chips in a used Gateway e6300, expecting a functional 4GB machine. The system beeped and failed to boot. So I tried taking out two of the chips - Two of the slots have white ...
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Can't boot from usb 3 port (Asus p6x58d-e)

When entering the boot menu (F8) on boot, I can't see devices in my USB 3 slots. As soon as I move the thumb drive to the USB 2 slots it boots fine. Thumb drive is a SanDisk Extreme 64gb USB 3.0 ...
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Can 4 sticks of memory reduce CPU life?

In my experience (AM2+) it just seems like 4 sticks is unstable at any setting. I believe that running 4 @ 1066 5-5-5-15 (which is what the memory is rated for) has caused them to go bad. I started ...
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Asus M5A99X EVO motherboard “Boot_Device_LED” light red

I got a computer today from someone who said all they did was remove the HDD from the previously working machine. I put in a wiped HDD and connected power + SATA. I turned it on and the ...
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Upgrading laptop RAM: format and speed questions [closed]

As I'm upgrading my laptop’s RAM—a Sony Vaio VPC-EB—and I want to consider some options. Currently my lp uses: 2x2 GB DDR3 1333(667) MHz SO-DIMMs. Questions: Clock speed - can I buy 1600? Why? What ...
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RAM 4GB to 8GB upgrade - not working

I have ASUS P5G41T-M LE motherboard and I run an old Pentium Dual-Core E5700 processor on it. Until today I ran 4GB RAM on it, precisely two KVR1333D3N9K2/4G planks and everything was fine. The ...
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Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 from my current computer and put it onto a new motherboard? [duplicate]

I recently started looking into parts to build a new PC from scratch and was wondering about the operating system. I bought a full version of Windows 8.1 and installed it onto my current computer ...
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Motherboard not displaying [closed]

I have installed a new Asus M5A7L-M LX Plus mobo in my Gateway tower, along with an AMD FX 8320 CPU and Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB 1600 MHz RAM. I have an Antec VP450 PSU and a standard SATA and DVD ...
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Cannot access the boot manager

I had installed a MSI G41m-P33 combo Motherboard recently and since then, I have not been able to access the boot manager by pressing F12. It does not even show the keys to press during the PC start ...
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Determine ambient temperature from health monitoring sensors

Is it possible to determine the ambient temperature from the health monitoring suite on modern motherboards that among other things can track the CPU temperature?
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How do I know if a graphics card is compatible with my computer

So I need to buy a new graphics card, how can I ensure that my new card is compatible with my computer? I am a total noob. I run ubuntu. My computer is a HP Pavilion HPE H8-1100z From what I have ...
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1 long beep followed by 3 short beeps

I was trying to replace a faulty DVD drive in my pc. I changed it and now when I boot I get 1 long beep and 3 short beeps. There seems to be conflicting information on what this means. I have tried ...
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Getting 16GB of RAM - what to check for in motherboard? [closed]

I have a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard (i7 930 processor) and I'd like to buy two 8GB-each DDR3 memory banks. Are there restrictions on the kind of memory I should buy? I mean: compatibility issues ...
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Computer shorts/stops booting HDD is connected, boots to bios without HDD

I have P6T Workstation Pro motherboard. I have problems setting it up especially connecting hard drives. Without any hard drive connected it boots to BIOS alright but when I connect a hard drive the ...
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How to use two monitors: one from video card one from motherboard

I'm trying to get two monitors set up. One is plugged into my graphics card using an hdmi cord, the other is plugged into my motherboard using another hdmi cord. Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX ...
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MSI G41M P33 Combo motherboard beeps

I thought of upgrading my old desktop and hence bought MSI G41M P33 COMBO mobo and Transcend 4GB DDR3 RAM (JM1333KLN-4G) ram. However when I have installed (mobo+ DDR3 ram) the mobo beeps 3 times. So ...
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How to tell, using a live Linux USB, if a computer is damaged?

Story: I was driving to my Mother's for xmas with a brand new (albeit cheap; it's plenty for her) computer. Unfortunately, I got into an accident, and the computer flew from my back seat into my front ...
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Is it possible to use an AMD A4 APU on AMD E1 mainboard? [duplicate]

I would like to change my AMD E1 APU with an AMD A4 APU. Is the socket BGA and BGA-413 the same? Is that possible and would it work?
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Laptop turns on, OS not loading, black screen

I have an old Fujtisu Amilo Pro V2065 laptop. About two months ago I plugged in a power adapter that turned out to be faulty (it was the original adapter for that laptop, but the cable was damaged and ...
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PSU connector correct size for this motherboard?

The ATX motherboard I am looking at requires a PSU connector of size: 24+8 The PSU has connectors as such: Main connector: 20+4 pin CPU 12V connector: 8pin I am assuming the 24 here equates to ...
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Asus P7P55-M is not recognizing memory in slots 2, 3 and 4

So I am running an asus p7p55-m motherboard with 2x 2GB Gskill sticks of RAM. But my mother board is only detecting the first slot. Do I have to configure BIOS correctly?,If not how do I fix it?. If ...
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my computer wont turn on after installing new ram

I've installed new RAM (Adata Premier PC3-10600 4GB DDR3 1333MHz 240Pin U-DIMM Ram) in my PC. When I power it up, it turns on for two seconds and then shuts down, only to turn itself back on a second ...
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Does discrete video card use motherboard monitor connector too?

I have Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H motherboard (MB) with installed GTX770 discrete video card. Both MB and video card have sockets to connect monitors. Are these sockets equivalent? For example, if I play ...
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Immediate Restart After Power On - Before BIOS

When I originally built this PC, it had an issue with randomly restarting. I proceeded to try a bunch of things and ended up unplugging everything except the power switch and the cards I have in it. ...
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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 ...
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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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Multiple storage controllers in same PC [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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 ...