|Your mboard was made by MSI - they are known to be more likely than average to have this problem....|
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, fried Athlon cpus, etc.:
If your mboard shows signs of failing capacitors, you must either....
- replace the mboard.
However, if it does have improperly made electrolytic capacitors, the problem is likely to happen again in the future with either of the identical replacement mboards this model came with.
- or - replace ALL the physically larger capacitors that are the same brand as the ones that failed, otherwise the problem is likely to happen again the future,
or have a professional like the Badcaps guy do that for you (He only accepts and ships mboards from / to the US and Canada - e.g. there is a web site located in Europe that does the same thing - he may ship to anywhere .)
If your mboard shows NO signs of failing capacitors,......
You have several choices.
'When I remove the graphics card and use the built in VGA port everything works fine ..."
- No cost - use the onboard graphics, but that may not be suitable if you play games.
- Modest cost, or no cost if you already have one - install a decent PCI video card.
Pro - if the PCI video card has a more recent video chipset, it will still work very well with games, much better than the onboard video.
- installing a PCI video card does NOT automatically disable the onboard video, and there is NO setting in the bios Setup that can disable it. It will still be sharing part of the ram installed in the mboard. If there is a setting in the bios for that, reduce the amount of memory shared with the onboard video to a minimum.
You can choose to Disable the onboard video in Windows in Device Manager by when you RIGHT click on it, but it will still be sharing part of the installed ram.
- sharing ram with the onboard video limits the max data transfer rate the ram would have otherwise been able to achieve if the onboard video was disabled by installing a card in a PCI-E X16 slot, by as much as half Programs such as high end games that benefit from a high data transfer rate will not work as well
Note that the last PCI slot closest to the center of the mboard usually shares it's IRQ with the video, the onboard video in this case since the PCI-E X16 slot probably isn't working. It's not a good idea to install a PCI card in that slot other than a PCI video card - you're likely to have problems. Otherwise, you can install a PCI video card in any PCI slot it works properly in,
- More cost, unless you already have one or can get one cheap - replace the mboard and use the same CPU and ram.
You can replace it with any Socket 775 mboard that supports the CPU you're using in it's CPU compatibility list, however
- the HP / Compaq Recovery disk set for your model will probably REFUSE to install unless the mboard is the same one with it's Compaq bios version.
- brand name system builders usually use one piece connectors from the case that were designed to be used with headers with certain specific pin outs. HP has no info about the pin outs for your OEM only MSI mboard (made only for brand name system builders - there is no retail model that is the same - MSI has no support for the mboard model). If you buy a mboard that has different pin outs for the headers on it, you have to change which wire goes where on the headers, or chop them off and use wiring with generic connectors, etc., etc.
So - you're better off buying one of the possible mboards that originally came with the system that has the Compaq bios version.
From the Parts list for: SR5520AN (for both system Product numbers)
PC Board [Electronic Parts]
Motherboard (system board) - With Intel Bearlake Express G31and Intel ICH Southbridge chipset (Boston Travis)
Click here to order the replacement: KJ384-69002
(I did that - no longer available from HP)
KJ384-69002 Contact Reseller
System board (motherboard) Boston-GL6 - MSI MS-7525 branded, micro-ATX form factor - NO PATA drive, IEE1394 or RAID support
Search the web for: KJ384-69001 or MS-7525 "Boston Travis"
or KJ384-69002 or MS-7525 "Boston-GL6"
KJ384-69002 motherboard DX2390.Boston-GL6 MS-7525 motheboard G31 464517-001 480429-001 517069-001 Free shipping
$60, free shipping for a location in the US
$60 US, plus shipping fee for shipping to Canada. Be aware that there MAY be a delay after it crosses the border of up to ten days, and if so you will probably have to pay a Customs fee and GST on top of what you have already paid.
GeForce 8400 GS
"PSU 300 Watt & 20 Amps" (at +12v) (or greater)
Depending on where you search on the HP web site, support info may not be found.
From other info I've found, it MAY be a specific model that was sold ONLY in Australia and New Zealand.
Most people who start a topic on this web site are in the US or Canada. If you're not in either of those places, you should say so. E.g. HP has many regional web sites - sometimes we to know where you bought the computer so we can use the appropriate web site.
Compaq Presario SR5500 Desktop PC series
List of many models.
selecting SR5520AN goes here:
I found the name HP gives to the mboard only by looking up the Parts info for SR5520AN, and found the support HP has for the mboard by using the name HP names it to search with on the HP site.
E.g. searched using : Boston-GL6 SR5520AN
(HP part number KJ384-69002 )
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Motherboard Specifications, MS-7525 (Boston)
Also mboard picture, diagram, clear Cmos and clear passwords info
No support info found for Boston Travis on the HP web site, HP part number KJ384-69001 , although there are "hits" for KJ384-69001 when you search on the web.
Apparently SR5520AN originally came with a 300 watt PS.
Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.