a new motherboard thats compatable w/ this?

Hewlett-packard / A1203
April 10, 2010 at 14:54:02
Specs: Windows XP
The motherboard in my computer gave me a beep code indicating a bad motherboard, but I don't know where to find a new one that's compatible with my RAM, CPU, and my Radeon 9550 secondary graphics card.

This is the board that stopped working
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#1
April 10, 2010 at 15:15:11
What do you mean "a beep code indicating a bad motherboard"? What exactly is the beep code?

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#2
April 10, 2010 at 15:29:57
the one reporting a memory error. I've tried replacaing the RAM, using only one, using none at all but none of it solved the probelm. Hence Im looking for a new board

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#3
April 10, 2010 at 16:34:13
Try this.....

Make sure you have a speaker or speakers or the equivalent connected to the mboard so you can hear mboard beeps (see your mboard manual if you need to).
Remove the AC power to the case/power supply.
Remove all the ram.
Restore AC power.
Try to boot.
If nothing else is wrong, you will get no video but you will hear a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.
.....

If you get the beeps expected for no ram is installed, or a ram problem, there's probably nothing wrong with the mboard - you probably have one or more ram modules that is/are incompatible with using it in your mboard - that's a very common problem - or much less likely, one or more ram modules is damaged.

Where did you get the ram from? If it wasn't installed in the mboard before it isn't necessarily compatible with using it in your mboard.
Ram that worked fine previously should still work fine, unless it's been damaged by an external event.

NOTE that some HP computers have a BESTEC power supplies - it that's what the brand of yours is, they are well known to malfunction more often than most power supplies, and when they fail completely they will often damage something else, often the mboard.


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#4
April 10, 2010 at 17:59:05
"the one reporting a memory error"

And which one is that? You've gotta answer the followup questions if you expect to get any help.

Is it:

1 short beep + 1 long beep? (memory error)
2 short beep + 1 long beep? (video error)
3 short beep + 1 long beep? (CPU config error)
Something other than those?

The fact that it beeps means the board is probably good.


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#5
April 10, 2010 at 22:28:04
It beeps repeatedly for about 3 seconds each.
Another piece of info is that if I leave it alone for a little while it will actually start to work again for about an hour or so, then shut down. After that it will start the beep code again.

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#6
April 11, 2010 at 13:26:42
The beep codes that I listed were taken directly from the HP site:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Continuous beeping can indicate an overheating CPU. Make sure your heatsink & fan aren't loaded with dust & that the fan spins freely.


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