MS-7104 v3.0 wont turn on

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July 4, 2010 at 23:46:22
Specs: Windows XP
I have just purchased an MSI PM8M-VH MS-7104 ver: 3.0 motherboard, but it wont power on.
I have tested it with 4 different PSUs' and am still unable to get it to power on.

I've tried 2 different CPUs', with/without RAM and no other components installed, but still the same problem.


CPUs': Intel Pentium 4 SL6SH 2.40ghz/512/533
Intel Pentium 4 SL60A 2.66ghz/512/533

RAM: 256MB DDR333 [was not installed while I was testing]

GPU: on board graphics. Have not tried any in the PCI or AGP though.

PSU: Power 650. Intel AMD P4-C650

All these components worked fine with my Intel D865GLC motherboard, but for some reason, the PM8M-VH just wont power on

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July 4, 2010 at 23:47:25
Return it as faulty, simple as that.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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July 4, 2010 at 23:56:32
yep, that's exactly what I thought too :)

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July 5, 2010 at 07:35:17
Are you benchtesting or did you just go ahead & slap it in the case without testing it 1st?

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July 5, 2010 at 07:46:49
yes I have done the bench test. I have it sitting on it's box and have only the bare basics connected to it eg CPU, Fan, 12V, 20 pin Main and the PSU.
No other factors are in play here. No Beeps, No Power...... just Nothing!! :(

And yes, to answer the next question, I have tested about 5-6 PSUs'. All have the same result.

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July 5, 2010 at 08:14:57
"No Beeps, No Power"

Needless to say, it's not a very good should stick with boards based on Intel chipsets.

Do you have a speaker connected to the header? Do you have a power button connected or are jump starting with a screwdriver? Without RAM, all you'll get are beeps but you need to connect a speaker...I don't think that board has a built-in piezo speaker.

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July 5, 2010 at 08:52:21
Yeah I got a speaker attached and nooooo way would I jump start a computer with a screw driver. I am using a switch that I pulled out of a written off case.
I have a little kit that I use for the bench testing and always have these two pieces on standby.
Well, I have contacted the supplier and will wait for him to let me know what he's gonna do about it. Needless to say, I'm calling this Motherboard a DUD!! It's just another 'Failed' motherboard........ It actually looks like an ok motherboard too, so it's a shame to get a dud one.
I think I'll stick with my Intel Motherboards from now on, I've had no major trouble with them.

Out of curiosity, who does make the best motherboards these days??

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July 5, 2010 at 09:53:39
Lots of companies like asus, ecs, biostar, gigabyte etc. Not intel motherboard, motherboard with intel chipset.

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July 5, 2010 at 10:27:55
I don't recommend Intel motherboards, but you should be looking for a board based on an Intel chipset. Like kuwese said "asus, ecs, biostar, gigabyte, etc" & there are others.

VIA & SiS based boards are almost always low end products. nVidia had it's run but has just about dropped out of the chipset business.

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July 5, 2010 at 17:43:56
In regards to my original post, I have given up on that motherboard. I will now look into purchasing my dream system.

I actually already have an Intel E7300 CPU and am trying to find the best motherboard to suit this chip. I had the chip in an Asrock motherboard, which didn't even last a day. That was another Dud motherboard that I received from a respected supplier. Money back guarantee on that one so it was ok.

I found this motherboard 'Intel DG45ID Media Series G45 micro-ATX' and fell in love with it. If I am being advised not to go for an Intel motherboard then what would you recommend as an equivalent to this motherboard?
This is the link for this motherboards specs, so that you may do a comparison.

Thankyou for your advice, I appreciate all the support and advice that has been given.


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July 5, 2010 at 21:25:03
"I am using a switch that I pulled out of a written off case."

Was the case an AT case or an ATX case?
The switch for an AT power supply is directly wired to the AT power supply but it's mounted to the case when the power supply is installed, and that type of switch can only be on or off. Some people remove that switch when the power supply dies.
The switch on an ATX case, and all Reset switches on AT and ATX cases, are momentary contact - on only when pressed in.

If you attach an AT power switch to an ATX mboard's pins for the power switch, when the switch is on, the mboard will attempt to boot for about 4 seconds, then shut off, forever, as long as the switch is still on.

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July 5, 2010 at 23:52:32
switch was from an old pentium 3 flat bed. I don't deal with many of the old AT's anymore, just too old for me these days. I have found that most of the AT's that I have worked with in the past, were all P1s. I'm more than certain that the switch is from an ATX system.
That information is very helpful though, thankyou.

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