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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the Asus A8N5X Motherboard Manual says maximum 4 GB memory is there a way to increase that?

The Asus A8N5X Motherboard Manual says maximum 4 GB DDR memory. 1 GB per slot. Is there a way to increase that? Such as perhaps by upgrading the CPU or am I just hopefully dreaming?
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Video card power up delayed

When I start my computer, it takes approx. 20 seconds before the video card powers up. Before that it's just quiet (no fan noise), and my monitor gets no signal. The computer starts fine otherwise, ...
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What does the 4+4 CPU power connector on my motherboard do exactly? [duplicate]

I just built my very first PC from scratch. Before that, I always bought pre-made PCs. One thing I noticed while putting all the parts together, was that aside from the standard 24 pin connector, ...
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Confirmation that motherboard is dead

all My computer died yesterday. At first I thought it was the PSU, because it never started, but I tested the PSU with the clip trick and it starts, and I have another PSU that works (for sure), and ...
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Determine part/ model numbers & specs of Motherboard, Memory & CPU for network of PCs

Is there some easy way to pull this information from a network of PCs? To this individually on a machine here are the ways: How can I find out what motherboard is in my computer? ...
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Speaker Noise when CPU load is high or moving mouse

Alright, so, I have a problem, which fits into a lot categories, but never perfectly. I have an amplifier, which I use as a speaker. I have a few pairs of headphones. They all behave differently. ...
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How can I determine which of SATA I/II/III a motherboard supports? [on hold]

I am upgrading several computers at a time, pairing them with corresponding HDDs. I am looking for a way to determine which SATA version each motherboard supports. Manufacturer documentation does ...
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How to tell if an empty PCI Express slot is 1.0, 2.0 etc? (general test, or enquiry command, not refer to spec)

Is it possible to run a test on an empty PCI Express slot to definitively determine that the slot is PCI Express 2.0 or not? My reason for asking is to see if I get the most out of USB3.0 with my ...
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Computer beeping on startup after unsuccessfully RAM upgrade

I tried to upgrade my RAM memory, but when I opened the computer and tried to put them in, I realized that I have DDR2, and I had bought DDR3. Well, nevermind, I will exchange them, but here is the ...
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Are there manycore ARM boards that can connect to the PCI express slots?

I have a program that runs on a cluster. But to improve power efficiency and reduce space utilization, I'm thinking of using ARM based manycore processors. It would be really cool if such processors ...
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multiple motherboards dead on first boot?

So this all started when a few days ago I got my oculus rift and as I was plugging the USBs into the back of my computer my computer just shuts off, couldn't turn it on anymore, pressing power button ...
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Keyboard and Mouse not working after wake up; independent of OS

When I did a full reinstall of Windows and Linux Mint, I changed all the settings of the mainboard to boot in UEFI and turned off all compatibility settings like xHCI hand-off and so on. I was at ...
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Does GiGABYTE H61M-S2P-B3 (rev. 1.0) supports GeForce GTX 680?

Does GiGABYTE H61M-S2P-B3 (rev. 1.0) supports GeForce GTX 680 or GeForce GTX 750 or GeForce GTX 580? If the PCIe slot supports these gpu or not I find that GiGABYTE H61M-S2P-B3 (rev. 1.1) supports ...
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Which is best SMPS/PSU for Intel DH67BL motherboard? [closed]

Im having a CPU with the following specification.....MotherBoard: Intel DH67BL, RAM: 4GB DDR3, HardDrives: 2+1 TB Seagate SATA, Optical Drives: LG DVD RW No Graphics Card/Floppy Drive. Planing to ...
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How do I reset the admin password in my BIOS?

I bought some Windows desktops at an auction, and now I'm trying to install Ubuntu and remove Windows. I've been able to do it on some of them but on others, when I try to change the boot sequence in ...
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Motherboard errors in work with memory

I have some problems with my motherboard. Some time ago there was BSOD every month ion my Win7. I've checked memory and MemTest showed (from 10 to 120) errors. Next i checked this memory with others ...
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Fixing time error

I have a hp dv7 series 3050 laptop. Recently, I left it on charging on standy mode and someone unwillingly disconnected the charger and it turned off. At the restart I noticed that the time was ...
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How to control fans rpm manually on Intel DP43BF motherboard

Wonder of how can I manipulate fans' rpm on Intel BP43BF motherboard manually? I've found in Bios only setting to disable automatic fan speed manipulation, but there isn't any way to set rpm speed. ...
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SATA III PCI-E controller card hangs installers / live CD

This is a long shot, but figured I'd ask here to see if anyone has a solution to my problem. I was wanting to put together an inexpensive file server, so I picked up an ECS motherboard that has an on ...
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Unknown CPU detected, Bios Update is Required to Unleash it's Full Power

I have a Asus P5K SE motherboard and I recently changed the CPU from a Core 2 Quad to a Core 2 Duo. After the change a message displayed at the very beginning of the boot: Unknown CPU detected, Bios ...
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Weird behavior when booting up my computer

When I press the power button, I have power going to the motherboard since the LEDs light up, mouse and keyboards light up, etc... However, my monitors do not wake up nor do they recognize the input ...
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MSI Control Center doesn't save fan speed settings

My problem is that MSI Control Center, for fxa990-gd65 motherboard, doesn't save the fan speed settings and resets them every time you shut down / restart the PC. It even has the save/restore ...
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Is it possible to flash UEFI(bios) from usb without entering UEFI shell?

The other day I decided to flash my ASUS g75vw laptop's UEFI(aka new bios) with a new version. Something went wrong and after restart I can only see black screen. I can say that the laptop starts, ...
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Is TianoCore+coreboot a true open source UEFI?

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding UEFI, but like it or not, it's becoming the only option when it comes to generally available desktop motherboards. I've been avoiding UEFI mobos for ...
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Motherboard beeping every 60 seconds (Gigabyte/AMI)

On occasion, my motherboard's speaker gives off a short, high-pitched beep during normal operation, continuously and in intervals of exactly 60 seconds. I do not have any other symptoms, the computer ...
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What could cause a GPU upgrade to result in a 50% performance loss?

Background (The Why?) I'm using AMD Graphics Cards for distributed GPU computing. BOINC, Folding-at-Home, and similar. The Problem I've replaced my old card, an R7 260x, with a much more powerful ...
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My motherboard has 2 ram slots . Why does CPU-Z and Speccy show that I have 4 slots?

My motherboard has 2 ram slots . Why does CPU-Z and Speccy show that I have 4 slots ? Gigabyte GA G41 MT S2P
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2 monitors one rendered by CPU and another by GPU

I want to hook up 2 monitors to my system, currently I'm only using one monitor connected via DVI through my GPU. I have a VGA(sad face) connector behind my motherboard and I found an old monitor ...
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What are dangerous motherboard operating temperatures?

There are five motherboard temperature sensors for my PC, according to HW Monitor. Two of these, called TZ00 and TZ01, are always at 28C and 30C respectively, no matter what. I am inclined to believe ...
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USB Issues - Mobo or jack/cable?

On a machine I built I'm getting some odd behavior on the case USB jacks. I hook up a wireless keyboard and mouse and every now-and-then (every 3 min or so usually) the keyboard will type extra ...
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What happens when putting very fast RAM in slower Mobo with slower CPU?

This is a dumb question and I'm a bit ashamed of having to ask but it's the first time I stumbled across it. Let's say I have an i7 5960X with support for DDR4 1333/1600/2133, an ASUS X99E-WS which ...
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New Motherboard doesn't POST? Can't seem to solve the beep code puzzle

I just purchased an MSI 970A-G46 to use with an AMD FX processor I already had. I also got 8GB of DDR3 RAM to go with it, and a 120GB SSD. I hooked it all up, and put in the graphics card from my old, ...
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Is using a 3200MHz DDR4 Memory O.C.?

I was selecting the parts for a new Server when i read in the specifications of the motherboard (Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 5) this: Support for DDR4 3466(O.C.) /3400(O.C.) /3333(O.C.) /3300(O.C.) ...
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DDR3 1333 memory modules will operate in overclocking mode

I'm going to upgrade RAM in a dated desktop computer with ASRock G41C-GS R2.0 board and Intel Q9400 CPU. I've found that DDR3 1333MHz should work with that CPU and the board supports up to 8GB of ...
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Brand new laptop making an electrical sizzling noise when opening programs

I just bought the Acer V17 Nitro VN7-792G-705X. The processor is the Intel i7-6700HQ. I noticed that when I open a program, say google chrome, you can distinctly hear a sizzling noise coming from ...
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Upgrade soldered GPU

I have a few questions about GPU upgrading, my laptop is good but the GPU is really bad, if it was a better one I could play most recent games on medium-high instead of lower quality. My laptop is an ...
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Why won't my motherboard work with two CPUs?

I (very) recently built a computer with the following specifications: (x2) Intel Xeon X5650; Supermicro X8DTI-F Motherboard; AMD Radeon R9 280X; 16GB DDR3 FB 1333MHz RAM (4x 4GB); 1TB Seagate ...
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Computer hangs at POST, sometimes

I had an issue where sometimes the computer would hang at startup, during POST, with either a code 67 or 99 on the motherboard's debug LED (Asrock Z77 extreme4). If it was the former (code 67), the ...
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Raid 1 with motherboard change

I currently have 2 x 1Tb HDDs configured as Raid 1. I want to upgrade my mobo and processor but am worried about still wanting Raid 1 with the new mobo. Is this possible with HDDs loaded with data ...
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Not getting any output from video card or onboard- is my motherboard dead?

Probably a lost cause, but I thought I'd ask before I start replacing hardware. I have a desktop that's been boxed up for a while, and when I set it back up I wasn't getting any video output. I ...
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New motherboard sends no signal to monitor

I have set up a new motherboard on an old chassis of a desktop PC. The mb has its own embedded GPU, and I haven't added any additional graphic card. I have connected the mb to the PSU through the ...
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How to choose right cpu with difference sSpec & Steppings?

My motherboard is an ECS RC410-M2 (V1.0) In the CPU Section, Pentium D 900 series has several specs, and I bought Pentium D 945:SL9QQ BX80553945 D0 N/A 95 W with D0 stepping When inserted in my ...
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Where can I connect this USB 3.0 cord?

My motherboard has 2 USB 3.o slots in the back, where the usual slots go, but the tower also supports 1 or 2 USB 3.0 ports in the front, above the DVD drive. So, there is a cord coming out of those ...
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First build: mobo lights up, but no CPU fan or monitor activity

I am having trouble booting up my first PC build. It uses compatible suggestions from Logical Increments, which include the following: Case: Cooler Master Trooper (Rev. 2) Motherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO ...
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Cpu fan does not speed up according to heat level

I have just changed my motherboard, ram and processor. Everything is going fine but fan speed when cpu heats. Fan speeds do not change according to cpu temperature. I have tried to open smart fan ...
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Gigabyte On/Off charge. How to get it to work?

I have GA-H81M-S1 (rev. 2.0) motherboard. According to its specification it supports Gigabyte On/Off charge. I keep my phone(Redmi Note 3) connected to my pc with its screen awake all the time and ...
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Computer randomly restarting: motherboard or processor?

My computer randomly restarts. Is it more likely my motherboard or processor? So, I know which one to return or replace first. Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 CPU: Intel i7 ...
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Motherboard not POSTing: ASUS Crossblade Ranger, Q-code 00

I've been using this computer with a ASUS Crossblade Ranger for the past year. Seemed to work great for a while, but POST times have become exponentially slower over the past few weeks. Everyday I'd ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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Loud Noisy (CPU Watercooler?) Fans

I have an issue with my computer lately, I built my computer 3 months ago and I assume my CPU watercooler fan is getting louder. I have a Corsair H100i Watercooler, Intel Core i5-3570k CPU, ASRock Z77 ...