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Old 11-22-04, 11:17 AM
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Motherboard replacement

Hardware problems: After cleaning my case this weekend, I believe I've fubared my motherboard. I can start the machine, get power, but I don't get video or the post beep. I've booted without video card, ram, or processor and cannot get the mobo to produce a beep. It sure is hard to diagnose problems with no access to the bios. I strongly believe it's the motherboard (GA-8KNXP) - I'll try new video card tonight, but I'm almost positive it's the mobo.

Now, I've gone ahead and purchased a new mobo and it should arrive this week. I hope to successfully recover information on my drives, but here's the caveat: I have two SATA 120 gig RAID 0 drives. Fun.

Bottom line question: Am I correct in thinking that if I set up the bios and the drivers properly on the new motherboard, I should be good to go? I've never had to do this serious of a hardware replacement before, so I'm extremely nervous.

Thanks in advance,
Doug
Old 11-22-04, 07:31 PM
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Did the PC work BEFORE you cleaned it? What did you clean your case with (Compressed air)? I assume you are referring to the inside of the case!

Power up means?? Do you see the fan working on the power Supply? Do you see the fan working on the CPU?

Make sure you connect the fan wires to the MoBo, otherwise you may not get anything
Old 11-23-04, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for replying:

1. Worked beforehand, no problem.
2. Cleaned with small vaccum - primarily outside case, but did vacuum excess dust off bottom of inside of case. I'm guessing this is where I fried board. Lesson learned
3. Power up means: power supply comes up, fans spin (on cpu, gpu, northbridge), ide drives power up, lcds powered.
4. Power supply is fully functional.

The good news is that my motherboard is under warranty, so I can RMA it, but since that procedure takes a long time, I went ahead and bought a new mobo on eBay. The bad news is that I'm not 100% sure if it's my motherboard or cpu, although I've ruled out video card.

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