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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Inconsistent startup issues

My computer crashed yesterday, and I was not able to start it up again until this morning. I tried yesterday for about two hours. When I pushed the power button, the fans would start up briefly, then ...
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When I hit DEL during start up, am I entering CMOS or BIOS?

For the longest time I assumed I was entering the BIOS setup and CMOS is a chip that holds the settings I set in BIOS in it's memory. I recently read somewhere that when I am configuring the boot ...
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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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Tricks to replacing motherboard fuses?

My laptop suffered a blown fuse and the backlight no longer works. It's a common problem for my make/model and I'm piecing together the information to attempt a repair. The fuse is the "Littelfuse" ...
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Is there any way to replace the chip that has my phones IMEI number on it? [on hold]

Bought a Galaxy S5 from a guy on Craigslist. It was working fine and then a few hours later I couldn’t use calling, texting, or data. I took it into the AT&T store the next day and they told me ...
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Building a computer, no output from on board video after power up

My son and I assembled the whole computer including tower, motherboard, cpu + cooler, graphics card, memory, hard disk, monitor, keyboard and mouse. When we power it up, we saw nothing on the screen, ...
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Dual Monitor Setup

I wanted to have a dual monitor setup, but it won't detect my 2nd monitor. I already went into BIOS and enabled the onboard graphics as well as the surround view. I've tried it before and it worked. ...
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Can I determine this RAM slot is damaged? [duplicate]

While playing around with some old parts, I ended up with the following hardware setup: Mobo: ASROCK 775Dual-VSTA (2x DDRII slots) RAM: 2x Kingston DDRII 533 1GB (KVR533D2N4/1G) I noticed ...
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Graphic card connected but bios shows as empty slot

I build computer and i plugged graphic card (MSI Radeon R9 270X) to motherboard (MSI H81M-P33) and connect this to power supply (Corsair VS450) 2x6 pins but BIOS does not detect graphic card in PCI-E ...
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Evaluate memory throughput

I use memtest86+ since years to evaluate memory throughput, allowing me to be sure everything is ok before putting a server in action. With one motherboard I can't have this information: The ...
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Is my motherboard broken?

I restarted my computer yesterday morning . It started to boot back up, but hung on the motherboards' boot screen. I could not select any options with my keyboard, which was working at the time. The ...
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hp elite book 8560w flashes 5 times but works fine?

my laptop "hp 8560w" startup and hang for about a minute or two what happens is my num lock and caps flashes "5 times" this repeats four times then it hangs for a while whowing hp logo then my ...
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Netbook's fried motherboard. Can the RAM be safely salvaged?

I gave a RAM module to a relative for using in a small netbook. The motherboard of said computer got fried (allegedly due to overheating) and I was planning on getting the module back for using in its ...
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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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Speed with multi-cpu motherboard

I'm looking at building a dual-cpu system, but I was wondering if there were any concerns with bottlenecks that I should be aware of since data is going to two different places now. I know that each ...
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Why should I install hardware drivers if my computer is working fine?

I've just installed Windows 7 on my PC. I went online to look for drivers. For my motherboard, Foxconn offers LAN drivers, on-board audio drivers, and chipset drivers. And for my graphics card, ...
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Why does my desktop PC crash after upgrading or installing new memory card?

Before I start detailing my issue with my computer system, I would like to let you know that my system is Compaq Presario SR1817CL Desktop PC. I bought this computer back in 2004 or 2005. Since then, ...
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Which PC component is causing graphics malfunction after shutdown?

The problem emerges when the PC is shut down in Windows 8.1. The PC turns off and after powering on again there is no display output, graphics card does not run and the power off button does not turn ...
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Do you need to populate all NUMA nodes for a successful boot?

I'm shopping around for components to build a system for a personal hypervisor. I have the motherboard (two node NUMA) and one CPU and two sticks of RAM. Whenever I try to power the board on the fans ...
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What is the minimum spacing between memory slots on the motherboard?

I'm planning to purchase the motherboard GIGABYTE G1.Sniper B5 along with a pair of pair of (2 x (2 x Sticks) = 4 Sticks) DDR3 memory CMY16GX3M2A1600C9. I found the dimensions of the memory stick ...
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CPU freezes during heavy processing : Asus Z97C in Linux Mint 17.1

I got a new rig with Asus Z97C, Intel-i5-4690k, Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, no GPU. I installed Linux Mint 17.1 (based on Ubuntu 14.04.1) on it. Now, when doing something processor ...
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Intel USB3 driver install fails

I've been trying to install the Intel USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver (version 3.0.0.16 as supplied by the Asus web site) but it balks when it gets to the PCI bus. At this point the entire ...
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Can't get Intel drivers for ASUS P6T Deluxe

A few days back my Win7 Ultimate started bugging me to install the RAID drivers for my ASUS P6T Delux. Fine, I'm all for having up to date drivers even for stuff I don't use. The problem is that the ...
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CPU fan turns on for a second and stops, PC does not start at all

I have checked my PSU and it works fine. When I turn on the MOBO, the CPU fan, case fans and the psu fan itself turn on for half a second and then turn off. The PC remains off. The Bios light turns ...
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Changing motherboard with a different socket type and CPU

I'm planning to change my motherboard to a AM3 socket, my socket now is a FM2 do I need to reformat all my drivers or just the driver with the OS on it?
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Intel DG33BU 3 Beeps

I would like to invite everybody to diagnose my computer error for me. I got the following configuration: Configuration Motherboard: Intel DG33BU ( 3 years ) RAM: A-DATA 1GB DDR2 667MHz x 2 ( 3 ...
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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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how do I edit a motherboard? [closed]

I'm trying to design a portable pc the size of a water bottle. and something hit me in the head. How do I design a motherboard? It's not from scratch and all I have to do is to remove some parts to ...
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Ram speed compatibility [closed]

I have an Asus motherboard and I was going to upgrade my memory. The memory I was going to buy isn't listed in the manual. Would there be an issue? The board supports 1866 MHz and the memory is 1866. ...
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ATX Dell PSU to Offical ATX 2.0 spec pinout

Hey all I am using an old Dell Precision R5400 which has the 750w hot swap-able power supply. Problem being, since its a dell, the ATX pin layout is different than that of a normal, standard ATX 2.0 ...
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ECC memory in non ECC compatible wolfdale I333-d667

I know there are already some post of this theme, but I wanted to know if someone has tryed this with a wolfdale. I dont want to buy it and have problems booting or something like that. You may ...
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Memtest86+ freezes with 16GB RAM upgrade

I just bought a 16GB (4x4GB) set of CML16GX3M4A1600C9B RAM for my system, upgrading from an older 8GB (4x2GB) set that's currently in the system. Before purchasing, I checked the manual for my ...
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DC-input motherboard How does HDD get power? — ASRock H81TM-ITX

This may be quite a simple question, but I do not know much of anything when it comes to building motherboards, voltages, wattages, and power. I am looking at this board - ASRock H81TM-ITX ...
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Computer Randomly Powers Off. What's The Cause?

I upgraded my computer a month or two ago now and now every so often, my computer will randomly shutdown (and then restart after about 5 seconds). To clarify, it usually shuts down when coming out of ...
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Accidentally plugged 6+2 PCIe into ATX 12V port, is everything damaged?

I haven't done a build in a long time and today just plugged the 6+2 PCIe into the ATX 12V port (why, given the simplicity of keying these plugs of this format, especially when a mistake can lead to ...
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How to tell if it's either the CPU or the Motherboard that is bad?

I have an Acer 5536 laptop that won't boot. I've already tested the memory modules and the hard drive and both are ok. The problem is that I don't know how to tell which one is the problem: the CPU or ...
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asus p8z77-v lx and gtx 970 not working in pci-e 16x

Today I got this motherboard cause my old p67 motherboard wouldn't work with msi gaming gtx 970. It showed a black screen and refused to post, like it wasn't even connected with the monitor. This same ...
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What affects the responsivness of the computer? [closed]

I want to buy a new computer and what's the most important for me is the responsivness : the computer could be running for 200days in a row, have 50apps running I want to be able to open a new app or ...
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Computer turns itself on with only black screen

I have a computer, a Dell Optiplex 755, that turns itself on whenever it is being supplied power. It turns on, and all the lights come on, the fans spin, and the monitor does recieve input, but it's ...
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Unable to install motherboard in the correct height position

I just bought a new chassis for my PC, the Commander MS-I (Snow Edition). When I tried to install the motherboard I noticed it is at an incorrect height so I am unable to install the graphics card. ...
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Fried my motherboard/PSU?

I was experimenting with making a custom switch to start my computer, and I was using an LED toggle switch (I know now it's supposed to be a momentary) that needed 12v power for the light. ...
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New mother board…operating system not found

Have HP DV6000. Installed motherboard from another HP DV6000. Turn machine on..get HP logo....then black screen with Operating System Not Found in upper left hand corner.
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Which piece of hardware in my desktop is failing?

Almost 2 years ago I built a custom desktop. This week it seems to be becoming inoperable. It's a dual boot system capable of booting to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. When I sat down at it the other ...
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Mouse and Keyboard don't work with Asus z87 motherboard

I just set up a new desktop computer. I am running an Asus Z87 style motherboard. It supports USB 3.0. After installing windows, I started installing some of the drivers from the Asus Z87 drivers ...
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Using custom front panels on Intel servers [closed]

How do I use third-party front panels to go with the 24-pin SSI-compliant front-panel connectors for Intel servers? I am trying to use some refurbished server chassis. The front control panel (one ...
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How to tell how many displays a motherboard supports

If it's not explicit in the spec, is there a way to tell how many monitors a motherboard will support? For example, the MAXIMUS VI FORMULA motherboard.
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Is it safe to assume that a mobo of a given form factor will not be even 1/2 a inch larger than the specified form factor? [closed]

spoiler: unfortunately this might be a very naive question... I own a microATX case and I'm looking for a new motherboard. The case is from a HP preassembled, and it exactly fits the old motherboard ...
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Common beep codes reference [duplicate]

What are the common beep code alerts for most BIOS out there? Author note: I'm posting this QA after finding an excelent resource leading from this QA
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xfx750i support for intel pentium G3240

I have a XFX750i Motherboard and want to upgrade my CPU to Intel Pentium G3240, or Intel Pentium G3580. So my question is whether my Motherboard will support either of these CPUS??
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no power after resseting cmos?

My computer wouldn't let my usb keyboard work on boot and i could not access BIOS. So, i did what i usually do and remove the battery from the mobo and put it back again.At first, it would turn on but ...