Motherboard failure ??

April 20, 2005 at 06:47:50
Specs: Win XP SP2, Athlon 1200/ 768


My HDD froze on me after the machine was up and running for some time, i had to hit reset to restart the machine.

That worked ok for about 24 hours and then froze again. so i hit reset.

after doing that the machine would not boot so i suspected that it was a hard drive failure and took the drive out and switched it on again. nothing!!

so do you reckon it is a duff motherboard??

any help would be great



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April 20, 2005 at 07:35:11

My guess would be a bad power supply

Asus A7N8X-X
1800+ @ 8 x 210MHz
768MB PC3200
Asus A9550 128MB/128-bit
Gamer Edition
WinME/WinXP Pro

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April 20, 2005 at 12:40:51

Is the drive new or old? Have you run any drive diagnostic programs on it? Check the manufacturer's website...they may have a diagnostic prog. to use.
A bit more info is needed to look further into your problem such as: motherboard type (model), hard drive type, OS and any other useful info such as
hardware/software changes prior to the harddrive problems. Also, check your drive cables to make sure they are fit snugly and correctly.

Try to run the drive on it's own cable w/no other drive attached and see if you have the same problem. Hope this back w/more details.

**FYI....bad ram and also a bad power supply can cause the same symptoms; a bad motherboard has many symptoms but it is usually the last thing you should look to replace after
checking all other peripherals.

Sempron 2400+ OCed to 2.2GHZ
Abit NF7-S2
1 GB PC3200 Ram
Thermaltake T2-M4 HSF

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April 20, 2005 at 15:27:32

Hey thanks for the suggestions so far.

Ok, here goes, further testing has confirmed that the HDD does work and is ok.

When you switch the machine on it does not even start to boot which makes me think either MB or psu.

Sys specs

Athlon Thunderbird 1200Mhz
768 MB PC2100 DDR
30GB Segate
100MB Lan
Matrox G450 ETV 32MB
Creative Live Platinum 5.1

Phoenix ?? Bios Rev ??? (original settings)

Windows XP SP2

No reasent hardware or software changes, system has been stable for over two years.

Any help would be appreicated.

Cheers Phill

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April 21, 2005 at 12:27:56

When you power on, do you get the drives spinning and/or any type of memory check/post information? Can you enter the BIOS setup?

Have you cleared CMOS ? If you have, try clearing it again but this time removing the CMOS battery for about 20 minutes, unplugging your power
the supply/wall and then after 20 minutes or so, re-install the battery, reposition your jumper back to normal and try to boot again. If it still doesn't boot you may have a bad BIOS chip (first guess) or possibly bad capacitors. Those are just a few guesses so post back with what you find and hopefully you can get up and running again soon.
I had a board die on me (brand new Abit NF7-S2) and I removed the BIOS chip, ordered a new one and within a week i received it and worked.

Sempron 2400+ OCed to 2.2GHZ
Abit NF7-S2
1 GB PC3200 Ram
Thermaltake T2-M4 HSF

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