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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Can I use an asus MB with a sata 5-port multiplier?

I have an Asus M5A99FX Pro R.2 and all the available SATA ports are being used. From the user manual of the MB it seems it uses the AMD Chipset 990FX/SB950 (see picture below), yet even after reading ...
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restart looping - turn-on & turn-off every seconds

For 4 days my computer worked fine. Yesterday morning I've launched my pc. Everything was fine for one hour, I even didn't touch the computer, I was near by, looking video on my laptop PC. Then ...
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Hardware Motherboard Compatibility

I have an old computer and I want to upgrade it. I am looking for a motherboard but I think the other components that I have here will not work on the new board. My specs are these: The ...
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Motherboard detects Intel 750 PCIe SSD only when I replug the card. Cold boot issue

I have a combination of the following hardware: Corsair RM-550 PSU, MSI X99S SLI motherboard, MSI 2GB D5 X GTX960 graphics and a Intel 400GB 750 Series (PCIe card). I'm booting from another Samsung ...
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Diagnosing Dead MoBo/Other PC Component

basically I have this HP G60-445DX Notebook that is showing some odd signs. These signs are atypical to what I've normally seen in fried mobos. In short, no graphics, no POST beeps, HDD light ...
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If my motherboard only supports minimum DDR3 1066MHz ram and I have 639.9 MHz ram, will it work?

I'm going to upgrade my PC to a newer MB, but not my RAM. One allows the following frequencies: DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*/3100*/3200*/3300*(*OC) MHz, ...
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486 computer does not POST

I have some trouble trying to POST a old Intel 486 DX motherboard. If i power up the board , the CPU becomes hot quickly and it doesn't make any beep noise, but only background noise (even without RAM ...
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PC Doesnt boot past the screen with the flikkering underscore

First of all, i've been searching to find possible solutions on the internet, i tried quite a bunch of them nothing really worked. So where did the problem start? A few days ago i found out my RAM ...
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CPU Over voltage error after updating BIOS

I have a problem with my motherboard. I updated the BIOS on my Asus P8P67-M to the latest version(3703) after this when rebooting my computer I was shown a message telling me that there is a CPU Over ...
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Motherboard is not booting operating system after cmos reset and cant access bios

I have built a custom pc, these are the specs: I7 4790k 500w evga psu Gigabyte z97p-d3 motherboard 8gb hyper x 1866mhz ram I am using my 32" finlux tv right now as a monitor since im saving for a gtx ...
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Optiplex 380 - Memory module 1Rx16 not compatible with 1Rx8 type?

Tried to do memory upgrade a Dell Optiplex 380 which had a single 2 GB memory module (1Rx8 PC3-10600U-9-11-A1 from hynix). 1Rx8 should mean it's single rank with 8-bit wide data bus for each DRAM ...
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Graphics card or mainboard defect?

My PC has the following specs: eVGA Z68 FTW Mainboard AMD Radeon HD 7970 Graphics Card I am having the following problem: My PC had a White Screen yesterday (the whole Screen turned White while ...
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Unable to diagnose a display related issue

I am facing a strange issue with my PC. I have had the resolution set to 2560 x 1440 on my display for as long as I can remember. I came back after a month away from home and when I turned my pc on , ...
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Is my motherboard/keyboard controller failing?

I've searched all over, but I haven't found anyone who has the same symptoms as I do. I have an HP Elitebook 2740p that has an issue. From a cold boot the computer performs perfectly, but after being ...
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Computer won't boot, UEFI beeps

It has been a couple days by now and I am still trying to find out what the problem of my PC is. I have made a short video of what is happening when I run my PC on and in this video you might notice I ...
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Internal SDD disconnects from laptop motherboard

Recently my Lenovo Ideapad Flex 15 laptop's internal SSHD broke, so with some help I replaced it and reinstall Windows 8.1 and everything else. Now the laptop works normally, except that sometimes the ...
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Can I put my 8x plug in a 4x slot (CPU powering)

Is that okay or will that damage my hardware? Because I just got a new power supply (corsair vs650) with a 8x plug but my motherboard (h81m-plus) only has a 4x plug Is this fine or am I out of ...
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UEFI and RAID on disks above 2.2TB [AsRock Z97 Extreme6]

I have followed steps from the AsRock Z97 Extreme6 manual how to create RAID on disks above 2.2TB (manual says to use UEFI configuration instead Intel legacy RAID BIOS). In few words what I have ...
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How to tell if a laptop has free PCI-E slots without opening it to check?

Is there a way to tell if a laptop has free PCI-E slots without opening it to check? As this has to do with a laptop that is not mine and I currently do not have it in my hands. Is there a way for the ...
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RAM extension - which one to take

My PC has a 4 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1333 MHz manufactured by Dynet. I want to extend it to 8/12GB by buying additional RAM. My Motherboard specs show that it supports up to 16GB RAM and I have only 2 RAM ...
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Fan Connections for Cooler Master K280 vs Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5

I'm mounting my first computer and I'm confused about how to connect the case's front fan to the motherboard. This is what I have: Case: Cooler Master K280 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 ...
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Will a new GFX card fit? [closed]

Sorry for the ignorance, I know nothing regarding hardware. I currently have a GTX 770 but want to upgrade it in the near future. Is it possible to just buy something like a 980 and have it replace ...
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Custom built computer won't turn on anymore?

I built this computer that has been acting quite strange for a while now. At first it would freeze up after 10-30 minutes of playing games (Both low end, and high end games). The only way to get it ...
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Is it possible to disable UEFI on Skylake motherboards?

Is it possible to disable UEFI on Skylake motherboards? Maybe a better question is: is UEFI motherboard-specific, chip-specific or both?
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Should I install drivers from my motherboard manufacturer or from the producers of the individual products (Intel, Nvidia, Realtek, etc…)? [closed]

Is there a risk in installing driver updates not provided by the manufacturer of the MOBO? Will it decrease system stability or the compatibility of certain components? The drivers ASUS has on their ...
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PC won't boot - Reasons unknown

So a few weeks back I bought a GTX 980 and in order to power it with longevity in mind, a Corsair AX860, an 860W Platinum PSU. It was working for two weeks and then I got "power surge warning/error" ...
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OS not booting off of SSD

I recently built a pc using the Maximus VIII Ranger motherboard and the Vector 180 SSD. For some reason, I cannot boot the OS off of the SSD. I have a hard drive as well, and that boots fine. My csm ...
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HP Dv6000 Overheating Issue?

I have been using a HP dv6000 laptop for quite some time (months if not years), without any problems. I recently purchased a replacement fan for the motherboard, because the bearings in the existing ...
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Dump BIOS from Mobo with no visual output?

I have a hardware problem or with an ASUS P5N-D motherboard. Issues: No visibility of whether the Mobo POSTs since no output from 2 Graphics cards using the PCI-E slot - no other display output ...
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Power SW Pin Connected to Motherboard Disconnected at the other end

So I recently noticed that my power button was not working. I opened up my PC and all Reset SW, LED, and Power SW Pins were connected properly to the motherboard BUT I could see that the other end of ...
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Can harddrives destroy motherboards/bioses?

I have a PC that went from bad to worse. It started with harddrives problems that were not treated, and then the memory went bad according to a memtest. Now, the motherboard won't work. I moved the ...
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 stuck at 800Mhz on GA-78LMT-USB3 Rev5 motherboard

I am on firmware "FA", which is the latest and only one available for this motherboard. My CPU is listed on the list of compatible processors. There is very little load on my system. I have a good ...
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Computer Doesn't Always Turn on when Pressing Power Button

I have a desktop and my case's power button stopped working after a while. I reverted to using a small screw driver or paper clip to turn my computer on by touching the contacts on the motherboard ...
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Fans works even after shutdown

I have kind of a big problem. After I shutdown the PC, some of my case fans (including the one with the LED and the LED) remains runnning and even my CPU fan. Sometimes it happens for all of them to ...
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For what is the Thunderbolt AIC connector used?

What does "AIC" mean? What does the connector do? Is it like a USB pin header where you can connect for example your USB ports for your case? Or do you need something else? Also there are expansion ...
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Asus Z170-A No POST

My recently build system mainly contains the following components: Mainboard: ASUS Z170-A Processor: Intel I5-6600 PSU: BeQuiet S6 550W (Until now I have been using the same PSU with a Gigabyte ...
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Back panel USB 2.0 ports not working

I have a MSI micro atx mother board and the back panel usb 2.0 ports don't seem to be working. If I plug any USB device into it, the device does not register. However, the front panel usb 2.0 ports ...
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Fujitsu A514 notebook SSD runs on SATA II speeds even though SSD and motherboard supports SATA III

The problem is as in the title, I am getting lower speeds. My laptop: Fujitsu Lifebook A514 My SSD: Kingston UV300 120GB There is not much in the BIOS, just an option to turn SATA on or off. Here ...
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undervolting/overvolting different kingston hyper kits recommended?

Gigabyte UD3P AMD FX 8370 @ 4.5 16G RAM: 8G Kingston Hyper X rated @ 1600/1.65V 8G Kingston HyperX Fury rated @ 1600/1.5V According to instructions, I installed the same type of memory in the 2 ...
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How much memory slots in Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBD

How much memory slots in Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBD and they are soldered? (80QQ004GFR) Official website tells me: this laptop have 2 so-dimm slots and support up to 8Gb max ...
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NVMe drives and compatibility

I am trying to understand the issues with the new NVMe interface and older motherboards. I have a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC and I simply cannot workout whether I should buy NVMe or AHCI. In short: If I ...
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After vacuuming, computer will not startup/POST, stuck in boot loop (MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) CPU Phase 1 LED Loop)

This is a computer I built myself. It was really dusty. I opened it up, and vaccuumed it out (which apparently you should never do). At one point I took out the CPU fan, exposing the old thermal ...
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Motherboard not providing output or giving beeps

This is an email I sent to the ASRock motherboard company's support email address. My motherboard will power my heatsink fan, my led's, the powerbutton, and even my SSD. I am getting no output from ...
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Damaging Mainboard/CPU with a overhead transparency?

So yeah.. I recently accidently bent some of my LGA1150 CPU pins and the seller won't replace it, so I have to fix it by my own. What I'm asking myself is, Can I damage or short out my mainboard by ...
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ASUS K52JR: Is it possible to recover bios update failure without resoldering the bios chip?

Just bricked an ASUS K52JR (bought around 2010) after using the notorious EasyFlash. The laptop won't even power up. I've checked tons of posts, and basically found two contradicting solutions: ...
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Connect M.2 SSD (Samsung SM951) with Mainboard (MSI Z170A PC MATE)

If I connect a Samsung SM951 SSD with a MSI Z170A PC MATE Mainboard via the PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, together with a graphics card on the PCIe 3.0 x16 interface, I am using up all 20 PCIe lanes the mainboard ...
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UEFI startup randomly gets longer

My startup is randomly getting very long at the UEFI screen (the one with the motherboard logo and the shortcut list : F2 for BIOS, F11 for Boot list ...). For like ~30seconds my keyboard is ...
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Parity Error - 2 Beep on Boot but 2x4 GB DDR3 RAM are working properly

I have since yesterday a problem with my pc. My system: CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 850 4x 3.30GHz Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 RAM 2x4 GB DDR3 PC-1333 MEMSeven HDD: 1TB S-ATA ...
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Is Dell Vostro 3560 compatible with Full HD LCD?

Recently I had a problem with Inspiron 5520 laptop, and I bought a new motherboard. By mistake, I bought mother board of Vostro 3560 which is almost identical. I saw that there are websites that ...
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Old PC case, new motherboard, connector incompatibility

I have an old PC desktop case, about from the ddr1 / single core k7 era. I've modernized it into a much newer desktop machine (centralized around an MSI 970A motherboard, if it matters). Everything ...