I have test boards that I use. IE I have a socket 478, Socket 370 (dont use that one often), Socket 939, etc.. with at least 1 ram module. I know
these boards work so I can swap in parts and see wich one causes the system to fail. Its an expensive option which is why shops charge a bench fee (it pays for the new parts they have to keep buying to keep up with technology)
Edit: it also helps to have an external speaker handy to plug into the connector on the MB so you know when it beeps or not.
Edited by Sneakycyber, 06 December 2007 - 07:31 PM.