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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HP Laptop Memory upgrade

I'm planning on upgrading memory on my i5 HP Pavilion dv6 laptop since it seems to be the cheapest way to increase its speed. Right now I have 4GB with 70+% of memory used with Chrome(10 websites ...
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Optical drive delaying boot substantially

I've built a new PC with the ASUS H81M-PLUS motherboard, but the DVD drive that is connected to it by SATA delays the boot substantially: With drive connected: 30-40 seconds stuck on the black Asus ...
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PC shutdown suddently. Power LED blinks and PSU fan is on

I'm having a problem with a new computer with MSI motherboard and AMD APU processor (I don't remember the details). When I start some "heavy work" (like a maps generator made with Python, or a batch ...
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Computer only boots sometimes with a specific hard drive, Whats the deal?

we run the same motherboard in thousands of computers at our company. so far we have found 3 motherboards that will only boot with a SanDisk brand CF card. All others you can run any name CF card as a ...
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Computer starts normally, then the screen freezes suddenly

As the title mentions, when it freezes, it displays replicated portions of whatever is on the screen at that time. Here is an example of a screen shot that i took. Even if i am in the BIOS, it would ...
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Is it my motherboard or something else?

One day while working on my PC, it suddenly hung with no response. I looked at the hard disk to ensure whether it's working but it failed - there was no blinking LED. I restarted my PC, my computer ...
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Two separate motherboards exhibiting different issues with same CPU

Recently one of my home build computers that the family uses shut down unexpectedly. I tried to reboot it several times, with the first couple it attempted to boot Windows, and the last few it ...
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Swapping motherboards on the Macbook pro Mid 2010

Is it possible to replace a MacBook Pro (Mid-2010) motherboard with a MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 Core i7) motherboard and CPU?
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What is the best RAM upgrade for my Inspiron N5010 [closed]

My system model and specs: Dell Inspiron N5010 i5, 4GB(2x2) RAM and Mobile Intel 5 series express chipset HM57. I am thinking to upgrade RAM to 8GB: 4gb x 4gb.I Would like to know the best suitable ...
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What exactly does “non-expandable” memory mean?

I am trying to purchase a new laptop and want to put in more RAM manually and the model I'm looking at (Here's the link) says the memory is nonexpandable. I assumed this meant that there isn't some ...
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How Do I Test a CPU?

I've been trying to repair a friends computer. It's been a trial and error process. Starting with the least expensive fixes. The original problem is that the system would not power up. The PSU Fan ...
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Can I build a slimline/low-profile PC that will fit high-end graphics cards?

At first I was thinking to do this with some specialized motherboard form factor that uses a riser board so the video cards are parallel to the motherboard. However, it seems that no one really does ...
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Power surges after installing graphics card

Power surges happen a few times a day (I think this is already an alarming rate) when I play games, say The Sims 4. When I play, the computer just reboots then my ASUS Motherboard tells me that it has ...
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New computer won't boot at all

I have just bought a brand new computer in parts. I assembled it and tried it, but it is not booting. Parts: Intel Core i5-4590 2 x 4GB of Kingston HyperX Genesis RAM Gigabyte Z87-DS3H Asus nVidia ...
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DDR2 ram incompatibility

I have these two memory modules, which work separately in the same motherboard without any problem, however as soon as I put them together into the same motherboard, the system does not even boot up ...
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Motherboard won't POST with both RAM sticks in a channel [closed]

My motherboard does not POST when I fill both slots of a given channel. I have a Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z97. I am using 2x Gskill Ripjaw 4GB 1600 MHz sticks. When I populate DIMM 1 or 3 (the 2 slots ...
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Why do dual-rank DIMMs have twice the bandwidth of quad-rank DIMMs?

I'm looking at the RAM compatibility table for my motherboard: and it shows that dual-rank (DRx4) memory modules can operate at twice the speed of quad-rank (QRx4) memory modules (1600 MT/s vs 800 ...
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Custom built PC shuts down ONLY after a game starts. What's wrong with my PC?

Whenever I boot up a game that is directx dependent, my PC loses power and reboots automatically. No intermediate warning of a reboot/restart, either. I have played non directx based games fine, such ...
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How can I assemble a Laptop from parts

Yesterday, I had the privilege of opening and upgrading the RAM of a P4 computer a relative had assembled from scratch. Thats when this weird thought occurred to me: Why can't I assemble a laptop in a ...
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Why is my PCI-Express 3.0 graphics card running as PCI-Express x16 v2.0?

My new computer is a top value machine: Motherboard ASUS CrossHair V Formula Z CPU FX-9370 DRAM 2.133MHz GPU Radeon R9 280X PSU Corsair AX1200i All drivers are up to date (as for today: September ...
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How can I limit the speed of the chasis fan on an Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS?

I was working on an Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS motherboard and I replaced the chassis fan with something a little bit quieter and with more CFMs. However, once installed, it was very noisy and it was ...
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New Build PC - blue screens (BSOD) during OS (Win7) install attempts

A recent PSU failure prompted a more wide spread upgrade of my desktop. This is a new build with a couple of older components. New build specs: Motherboard: Asus Z87-Pro CPU: Intel i3-4130 ...
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Installed RAM 20 GB (16 GB usable)

I have Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) OS installed. My motherboard is able to handle up to 32 GB of RAM. I recently upgraded my computer to 20 GB of RAM, but the computer says installed ...
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Triple monitor setup on GPU and MOBO

So, I have an AMD 7870 Sapphire OC Edition. It only has two DVI slots, HDMI and a display port. Anyway, I have two 1080p IPS panels setup to my main monitors, these are both connected to the GPU via ...
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Why very few modern motherboards are equipped with TPM? [closed]

I've heard bitlocker will be so common that microsoft will require every computer to have TPM to run windows 9. Yet I just called gigabyte. Gigabyte says that not one of their motherboard is equipped ...
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Will an intel server motherboard like the W2600CR2 fit into a normal ATX tower?

I'm trying to put this motherboard into a "normal" case. But it says the form factor on the motherboard is "custom" Does this mean I have to get an intel server chassis in order to use it?
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error code 62 when installing a graphics card

Ok first let me say that when i first built my system everything works perfectly i had 2 msi lighting r9 290x's running in crossfire. The computer booted up with both graphic cards just fine, ...
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SATA I hard drive compatibility to SATA II motherboard. [duplicate]

I would like to buy a new motherboard for my computer since I'm in need of higher ram capacity. My computer is pretty old and my hard-drive is SATA I. All new motherboards I see mention that they have ...
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Hardware issue with motherboard BIOS resets

I have a motherboard AsRock 970 Extreme 4. BIOS defaults again and again and it doesn't store settings which I set. I tried to change jumper to Clear CMOS position and after that change it back to ...
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What is the brown slot near the CPU socket on a Pentium 1 motherboard, and what is it used for?

What is this slot called and what is it for on a Pentium 1 motherboard? Here I give you the Asus P/I-P55T2P4 rev 2.1 board:
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Laptop battery won't charge past 68% after dc jack replacement?

Sony Vaio FW41E laptop / Vista I experienced charging problems when the prongs on the original dc jack loosened. I have replaced the dc jack and cable, making sure I ordered a compatible part. ...
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BIOS not reaching post

GT70 0NC-012US Issue: BIOS not reaching post Backstory: Several days ago,my slave HD started to lock up the OS with any related programs running from that disk. In an attempt to fix it, i used ...
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How the PC boots even after the CMOS battery failure?

Whenever I do switch on, my pc boots straightaway. It doesnt wait for me to press the Power button. When I plug the cable and power on, computer also automatically gets powered. So I replaced the CMOS ...
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I accidently shorted a circuit on my motherboard

I was working on installing a new motherboard. I accidentally shorted a circuit on the board with my screwdriver. I saw a few tiny sparks when it touched. Now the board wont power on at all. Is there ...
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Can I use 2400MHz RAM with an Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 processor?

The datasheet for the Intel Xeon E3-1230V3 says it supports a maximum of 32GB DDR3-1333/1600. But isn't the RAM speed dependent on whether the motherboard supports it? I'm thinking of getting this ...
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PC shutting down after 30 minutes, even when on BIOS screen

I have a desktop PC that is just over a year old that I use daily for work. It's running Windows 8.1, has 16GB RAM and an i7 CPU. It has a 256GB Samsung 840 SSD (Windows + programs) along with a 1TB ...
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Usb ports connecting and disconnecting

I know this is not the place to ask about hardware problems and solutions, but I can't search on google anymore... I've been for over 24hours searching on google about my problem and trying to get a ...
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laptop will not boot hdd - samsung 13" ultrabook 5 series

This is a long one. I want to include troubleshooting I did. Im running windows 8.1, I downloaded the Samsung SW updater software and it gives me a whole list of updates including the Bios update. So ...
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Laptop with loose or failed DC jack, burnt but still functional motherboard [closed]

I have an ASUS G74SX laptop. Over time the DC jack deteriorated, probably by coming loose. The laptop would not charge unless I oriented the power cable in a particular way. Eventually, it started to ...
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RAID Controller Compatibility for P67

I have a RAID 0 array created using a Sabretooth P67 motherboard's on board RAID controller. This uses the intel P67 chipset to create the RAID. The motherboard has died but (so far as I know) the ...
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Recover RAID 0 Array after motherboard failure

I have a RAID 0 hardware RAID array (using the motherboards RAID controller) on two SSD hard drives (C) and a third drive (D) in a non-RAID configuration. I have a new computer already ordered and ...
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Is is possible to use SLI with two identical graphics cards with different RAM sizes?

Specifically, I have an EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked 4GB, and an EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked 2GB. I am using them on an Asus P8Z68-V motherboard, which claims to support SLI. The cards are ...
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Reason for computer not booting when power button pressed

I have a following problem starting my desktop computer and I'm trying to figure out the root cause. Most of the time it will just start normally when I press the power button. On some occasions ...
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MSI 990FXA-GD80 — Won't boot; no POST LED

I've got an MSI 990FXA-GD80 motherboard. As of yesterday, the power button will turn on the fans, but nothing else happens. Even the POST LED's on the bottom of the board don't light up. Any thoughts ...
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Upgrading ram causes deadly fault?

First of all sorry about my English, I'm not native. Here's my thing: I got 1 Asus laptop about 1 year ago. It has 2gb of ram and therefore it's kind of slow. So 2 months ago I decided to upgrade my ...
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Is the Asus Z97 Board integrated Graphics or iGPU, and what is the difference? [duplicate]

I plan to buy an Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1 board, with an Intel Xeon Processor E3-1220 v3 (without graphic). Now I don't know if the Asus board uses an integrated graphics or the graphics from my ...
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Z87 Deluxe edition Won't boot with Core i7-4790K

The new motherboard, of a friend of mine, will not boot with his brand new Core i7-4790K processor. The CPU error LED blinks as soon as we power on the unit. Hadrien
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Does this Motherboard support 2 Graphics Cards

hello i've just bought new pc gamer with this motherboard, i've already nvidia geforce gtx750 and i want to add another 3d graphic card, is it possible to support another one ? ps: my power supply is ...
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Where is the write-protect switch/screw/jumper on the Samsung Chromebox?

I have a Samsung Series 3 Chromebox, model number XE300M22-B01US, manufactured December 2012. I would like to put coreboot on it so I can single-boot Linux without ChromeOS pulling the sad face at ...
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Is it possible to install 8GB sticks in a P7P55D Deluxe motherboard?

I've bought a stick of 8GB of RAM and I'm trying to install it on my P7P55D Deluxe, but until now, I've got no success. The manual of the board shows some models of compatible RAM sticks and most of ...