Solved Motherboard suggestions for replace a Asus Z97-ar

Asus motherboard / Asus z97-ar
January 13, 2017 at 05:23:44
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz /16 GB RAM
Good morning

Anyone can recommend me, a nice motherboard, that is compatible with an Intel socket for an i7. I'm planning to keep my previous ddr3 rams but I'm open to suggestion for more modern motherboards. And of course, pci-express connectors. I currently have an Asus z97-AR.

If any additional info is required, please let me know.
Thank you!


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January 16, 2017 at 10:58:35
I suggest you update the BIOS and the drivers. Also, get memtest86 from the link below and run it for multiple passes.

http://www.memtest86.com/

Was your memory bought as 4 matched sticks in a kit?

I posted a link to a MS site about the critical process died message. Click on the link below and review the possible causes and fixes.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/li...

I would contact ASUS concerning a warranty claim. I think they handle it without Tiger Direct. Tiger Direct is still in business.

The motherboard you originally wanted to buy is the same as what you have except it has a USB 3.1 controller in addition to the Intel supported USB 3.0/ 2.0 controllers.

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January 13, 2017 at 08:47:14
More modern motherboards usually mean the latest generation of RAM and may use a different CPU socket.

Why do you want to change your motherboard? If you keep your present CPU and RAM what do your hope to gain?

Your board is still current.

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#2
January 13, 2017 at 10:35:23
Hello there!

Yes, I understand the situation, if I change to a more modern MOBO. However, I didn't knew about the CPU socket though, thank you.

My situation is, my computer is custom build. I have it for around three years next March. on the July 2016, the LAN connector of the Mobo stop working, I thought it was the driver, so I reinstall it and nothing happened so I bought a pci network adapter and things continue working normally. In November, my HDD die (i swap it from my previous computer, it has around 6 years). I clean reinstall the Windows 10 in the new HDD but my system has been stable during web browsing or simply working in the folders and stuff. During gaming, the game hang, but it was so rarely.

Then, i started to received BSOD saying Critical_Processed_Died, i scanned the HDD and found no errors, I check my ram cards, no errors either, I even check every ram by slot and no errors. I check my graphic card and the bsod keep showing. Two nights ago I restarted the computer because it was hanging very constantly and when the logon screen was suppose to load, I got a blue screen without error information, and when it restarted, it mentions that the kernel was not found, I tried to install the windows again but just seconds the ISO load up, another bsod appear.

Thank you for your time and suggestions, friend!


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#3
January 13, 2017 at 12:13:59
That board came with a 3 year warranty. If it is still under warranty then contact ASUS.

I don't think you can do any better than the board you have. That board is still being sold. Click on the link below to view what is still available new, that has 1150 Socket and uses DDR3 RAM. The Z97 chipdset is better than the H. You currently have an ATX form factor, which is full size board. Many mATX will hold 4 memory modules but you need to verify.

Look at the specs of what is available in that link. If you are not in the USA or Canada you can't buy from Newegg but still can use the link to decide.

You can use an mATX board instead of the ATX but it will have less slots if you need them. They are sometimes less expensive.

Look for the features you need by clicking on the specification tab. Post back with possible choices for feedback.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#4
January 14, 2017 at 22:26:49
Good evening:

Thank you for the info. I was thinking in chossing the Asus Z97-a. Here's the link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#5
January 15, 2017 at 22:18:06
Did you understand that you have a 3 year warranty and you haven't had the board that long. Let Asus fix or replace it. They may be able to cross ship a board so you won't need to wait.

Seems to be an issue with the 3.1USB ports, which are a separate controller. The Z97 chipset only supported 3.0.

Are you overclocking?

Did you ever clean the insides of your case with a vacuum cleaner, which can damage components?

Look at the capacitors on the board for bulging tops or leaking on fluids.

From your description of the issues it sounds like a problem with Windows.



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#6
January 16, 2017 at 01:39:01
Perhaps worthwhile looking at:

Since the problem started after replacing the HDD, check the SATA cable.I suspect intermittent disconnection. Remove cable and reconnect it properly. Make sure there is no tension on the SATA cable connectors. Or replace the cable altogether.


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#7
January 16, 2017 at 07:53:41
Good morning:

Yes friend, I do understand about the waranty. The thing is, their website never let me register the Mobo when I bought it for their waranty policy. DOn't know thought, if I still can do it. I don't overclock my system and never used a vaccum, just the spray can, after carefully take all the components. My system heatsink is the default that came with the i7. I don't quite think is the windows because the same ISO, I used it to install it on my laptop and I haven't got any problem with it.

I will check with the sata cables, I have a spare one, that I haven't used it.

Thank you!


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#8
January 16, 2017 at 08:45:23
Where did you buy the board?

You think your problem is hardware related but even if it is, it could be something other than the motherboard.

When you installed an add-in network card did you disable the integrated card in the BIOS?

Did you install all the Windows drivers for Windows 10 from the Asus site. If not, link below.

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboard...

See the link below for help with one of your error messages.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/li...

Post the EXACT message about the kernel not found.

Finally, your logic about why you don't feel Windows 10 is your problem may be faulty.

You ran some type of memory error tester. What did you actually run?

You checked your hard drive for errors. How?

What Anti-Virus are you using and did you run a deep scan?

Your motherboard was designed to run on Windows 7,8,8.1. Windows may have generic drivers for 10 but always best to install drivers from the manufacturer.

You may need to update your BIOS version. There is an update that provides more stability. The first link above has links to BIOS updates as well as Driver updates.

You need to know the motherboard version and the BIOS version you now have. The board version should be printed somewhere on the board itself. The BIOS version should show at startup.


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#9
January 16, 2017 at 09:45:58
I bought my mobo in TigerDirect. Unfortunately the store closed here in PR. Yes, the card is disable from the bios. Yes, the drivers are from the offficial asus website also. The kernel message hasn't appeared again, just the critical_process_died one. I downloaded the ISO twice and mount it in different pendrive (both brand new). The memory tester I used was the Windows Memory Diagnostic. The HDD was tested using the command "sfc /scannow command" and the Sea Tools for Windows software. Both found no problems. The antivirus that I have always use is the Avira (Free version).

I was checking the Bios and the installed version is 2012, (Date: 9/30/2014)

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#10
January 16, 2017 at 10:58:35
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I suggest you update the BIOS and the drivers. Also, get memtest86 from the link below and run it for multiple passes.

http://www.memtest86.com/

Was your memory bought as 4 matched sticks in a kit?

I posted a link to a MS site about the critical process died message. Click on the link below and review the possible causes and fixes.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/li...

I would contact ASUS concerning a warranty claim. I think they handle it without Tiger Direct. Tiger Direct is still in business.

The motherboard you originally wanted to buy is the same as what you have except it has a USB 3.1 controller in addition to the Intel supported USB 3.0/ 2.0 controllers.

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January 19, 2017 at 00:34:50

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#12
January 19, 2017 at 05:15:34
What kind of PSU do you have?

It would be a shame to get a new MB and the PSU have voltage fluctuations causing issues.


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#13
January 19, 2017 at 05:17:37
See the reviews for the board mentioned above. Folks are happy with it when it works. Many don't work.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...


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#14
January 19, 2017 at 20:35:23
I have GA-Z97X-UD3H (vers. 1.0) with i5-4690K, it needed a BIOS update to deal with newer CPU and GPU which were both released after version 1.0 of that board. Other than that it works great and I am very happy with it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#15
January 22, 2017 at 17:03:34
Good evening:

Just for updating and so sorry for the delay. I decided to test my computer for a couple of days, after updating my bios, to see how it work. So far, I have only see bsod of "critical_process_died" once. Also randomly while browsing the web, (Firefox), it has restart it.

For the moment, I haven't ordered any mobo replacement or other hardware.


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#16
March 5, 2017 at 15:33:29
See the link below for help with "critical process died". Also, try snapping each RAM stick in and out 4 or 5 times to burnish the contacts. Of course this is done with power disconnected.

https://www.partitionwizard.com/par...


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