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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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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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 ...
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What do you call the place on a hard drive (or motherboard, or anywhere else) to place jumpers?

Most hard drives have a set of pins next to the pata or sata port to place jumpers to do things such as designating it a slave or master. What is the name of those set of other pins? Hard drives are a ...
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Do I need to connect the jumper pins in a SATA hard drive to anything?

I am looking at replacing the 16GB SSD on my Chromebook (C710-2856) with a bigger, maybe a little faster SSD so that my laptop has room for more Linux stuff and maybe Windows 8 if I can find the ...
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PSU/GPU/MOBO failing? I'm at a loss here

Here is my total system specification: System Information Time of this report: 11/22/2014, 21:41:56 Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack ...
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PCI 2.1 NIC in 2.0 slot

I recently bought a cheap NIC which I think has a x8 PCI slot. On the box it says: "Compatible with PCI revision 2.1/2.2/2.3". I want to use this in the MSI H81M-E34. On the site from MSI it says ...
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can i setup ISRT with a non RAID motherboard

hey there i was wondering if i could setup Intel smart response technology(ISRT) on a non RAID motherboard with 20GB of mSATA SSD... i mean the only two boot options available in my motherboard are ...
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Graphics card vs. motherboard compatibility [closed]

I have an MSI FM2-A55M-E33 motherboard (also an AMD Athlon x4 750k quad core processor, 4GB RAM, and 520W power supply). Is an Asus AMD Radeon R9 270X OC DirectCU II graphics card compatible?
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PC won't start. Not even to BIOS

I have a PC that’s just over a year old. Today, while playing a game, it suddenly shut down and I smelled a slight smell of something burning; no fire, don't worry~ After this “incident” my PC won’t ...
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Troubleshooting processor upgrade, Paxville on Dell Precision 670

I've got a Dell Precision 670 with an XC837 motherboard and BIOS at version A07. I'm trying to upgrade this from using a single-core Celeron to a dual-core Paxville processor. When I install a single ...
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Dell inspiron 1370 screen split into 6

I have Dell Inspiron 1370, it has nvidia G105M . The fault is, when I run the laptop its screen split into 6 portions. Before that began to happen, Windows had showed a "driver not responding" warning ...
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Dell Optiplex GX270 - 2 short beeps

A static discharge happened in my Optiplex GX270 a few years ago, and I just now got around to replacing things. I've replaced the motherboard because I think it was the problem part, and the hard ...
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Recover Active Directory from a server whose motherboard is dead

I had a Windows Server 2008 R2 server setup as an Active Directory. One fine day, the motherboard went dead. After replacing the motherboard, windows boots up and says it detected hardware change and ...
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New motherboard, audio device detected, but no sound heard

I had a PC with an old motherboard and CPU (ASUS A7V8X + Intel Core2Duo). Some days ago I decided to upgrade Motherboard, CPU and RAM. I bought an ASUS H61M-K and an Intel core i3-3220, with a ...
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Why can I hear my hard drive, mouse, screen, etc on my speakers?

So this is a long-term problem. I've had it for literally years! I feel sometimes it fades but I think I just get used to it and tune it out for months at a time. Basically, I can hear interference ...
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Case/PSU grounding, static causing reboot

I built a machine for work recently that is displaying two distinct characteristics. One: Yesterday, I was able to shuffle feet on our carpet, touch the front of the case, arc static, and the machine ...
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System won't respond to Power Switch

I ran into a problem - I can't start my new system at all: when Power Switch is pressed nothing is hapenning, even cpu/system fans are not moving for a split second. And I just was at the shop where ...
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Do Graphics Cards with power connectors still draw 75W from the PCIex16 slot?

The PCIex16 slot on mainboards is specified to supply a maximum Wattage of 75W, so lower end Graphics cards don't need additional power connectors. What about Graphics Cards that do have one or ...
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I have a 3.3Volt PCI ethernet card working on a 5Volt PCI slot. How is it possible?

This is the design for PCI slots: As you can see, there are 32/64 bits and 3.3/5 Volts. For what I know: 32 bits PCI cards can work in 64 bits slots of the same voltage. 64 bits PCI cards ...
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Is it possible to display dedicated GPU image through motherboard ports?

On desktop PC I have CPU with Integrated Graphics (Intel i5) as well as dedicated Nvidia GPU. Is it possible to use dedicated GPU to render the graphics but output it through connector on the ...
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How to run an application in linux just before poweroff and after linux shutdowned itself

I have a embedded system that needs to be power off itself after shutdown. To power off, the Linux should send a command via an i2c to another device to power off the Linux board. So to shutdown and ...
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How can mainboards provide more PCIe lanes than the chipset?

I'm currently choosing parts for a new computer, with my main focus on high PCI Express speed and a large number of slots. In this iteration, I will probably choose a board with an Intel Z97 chipset. ...
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How do i find out the size of my motherboard? [closed]

I have a P8H67-M EVO Rev 3, and I'm not sure what size it is. I have checked the website http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H67M_EVO/ and the box and i have also looked around the web, but i can't ...
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Are there 3-pin to 2-pin power connectors for motherboards

My (old) case front panel has a 3-pin power led connector (inc. one empty slot in the middle). My (new) motherboard has a 2-pin power led connector. How do I connect the two? If I try to connect the ...
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Why won’t my computer boot up?

I have a Compaq Presario desktop computer. When I turn on the power, the fans come on and nothing else. The computer has a ASUSTek A8N-LA motherboard with a AMD Athlon 64 Processor. Sometimes, if I ...
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Asus motherboard with 'CPU_LED' on

First, Here are some pictures of what I'm seeing. Here is by build: CPU | AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor CPU Cooler | Silverstone AR03 81.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Motherboard | ...
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Is 2 GB and 4 GB of RAM installed possible? [closed]

My motherboard has 2 slots of RAM. Is it possible for a 2 GB and 4 GB installed? will the computer show 6 GB usable? windows 7 64 bit, ddr3. thank you mates.