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#1 PurePwnage

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 05:28 PM

Hi. So, I built my computer (and built A COMPUTER) for the first time back in March of 2007. Only made one build since then for my dad.

Lately, I'd been receiving some very odd heat related errors. Very strange.

My computer was running strong one night, and then just shut off. I tried to turn it on. Didn't work. Turned it on its side w/ the side piece off, worked. Turned out a bent USB was shorting out a part of the motherboard (a small flame actually lit :thumbsup: )

So after a week of side off, sitting on it's side. I figured I could safely put the side on and stand it up. 5 minutes after boot; off. Turned back on w/ side off, boot after 10 seconds. So I flipped it to its side...and it worked fine, but this was strange and I wanted to investigate it. Turns out my GPU was running @ 150 Degrees Fahrenheit.

I took it out to vacuum the dust off and IDIOTICALLY didn't take out the VGA. I tried to pry it up (Again, stupid) and got it up, but the yellow PCI-E x16 plastic piece came off and the last few prongs were bent.

Any way I can fix this or should I just buy a new mobo?

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:16 PM

A new motherboard is in order
I personally would only attempt to fix the old one if I was bored with nothing else to do. Just so i could say I fixed it and that would be highly improbable
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:17 PM

A new motherboard is in order
I personally would only attempt to fix the old one if I was bored with nothing else to do. Just so i could say I fixed it and that would be highly improbable


So there's ABSOLUTELY no way that this can be scalvaged by just telling the motherboard not to use the PCI-E?

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:16 PM

Didn't realize that was an option you would consider. You should be able to disable it in the BIOS
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 02:47 PM

Didn't realize that was an option you would consider. You should be able to disable it in the BIOS


Thanks.

Now just as a recommendation, I'd like to get many views on this. This mobo obviously has many problems. I could:

1. Continue with it with the top off and such using an NVidia GeForce 6100 nForce 400
2. Buy the same Motherboard and use that one (so I wouldn't have to reformat or anything)
3. Buy a PCI x1 Gfx Card

I have 2 PCI spots left. One is a very small one w/ the space in the middle, another is almost the same size as the PCI-E x16, except the space in it is in a different spot.

Is it worth it to do that? Or am I not going to see a huge improvement?

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 03:26 PM

PCI slots have the spaces, etc. in the same place on every slot.

You may be looking at another PCI-e slot, http://peripherals.about.com/od/computerte.../whatispcie.htm

What's the board manufacturer and model?

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 07:47 PM

PCI slots have the spaces, etc. in the same place on every slot.

You may be looking at another PCI-e slot, http://peripherals.about.com/od/computerte.../whatispcie.htm

What's the board manufacturer and model?

Louis


Hi. Here's my board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813186105

Foxconn is the manufacturer.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 08:07 PM

According to your specs, you have:

1 PCI-e x16 slot

1 PCI-e x1 slot

2 PCI expansion slots

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 08:18 PM

According to your specs, you have:

1 PCI-e x16 slot

1 PCI-e x1 slot

2 PCI expansion slots

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So I should buy a PCI-e x1?

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 08:30 PM

I can't tell you what to do :thumbsup:, I can only tell you what I would do.

I don't game and I don't use the PCI-e video card which I own, preferring to use the simplicity of onboard. It's adequate for what I do.

If you game, get a card that will allow you to continue to game...and for which you have a workable slot...that's the cheapest alternative (usually the ones I choose are the most inexpensive).

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 05:25 PM

I can't tell you what to do :thumbsup:, I can only tell you what I would do.

I don't game and I don't use the PCI-e video card which I own, preferring to use the simplicity of onboard. It's adequate for what I do.

If you game, get a card that will allow you to continue to game...and for which you have a workable slot...that's the cheapest alternative (usually the ones I choose are the most inexpensive).

Louis

But you said the PCI-E x16 would work in the PCI-E x1...here's an interesting thing I noticed today. On the "top" of the graphics card, there's a small row of gold lines (like the one's on the bottom that get fitted into the PCI-E x16 slot, except it's smaller. That couldn't go anywhere, right?

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 07:02 PM

<<But you said the PCI-E x16 would work in the PCI-E x1...>>

I think you are hallucinating :thumbsup:...I said no such thing. I'm the person who told you that what you described as a PCI slot...was in fact a PCI-e slot.

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Posted 01 November 2008 - 03:49 PM

<<But you said the PCI-E x16 would work in the PCI-E x1...>>

I think you are hallucinating :thumbsup:...I said no such thing. I'm the person who told you that what you described as a PCI slot...was in fact a PCI-e slot.

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Alright, I'll just buy the new video card. I'm just a little concerned that the mobo is hitting the dust and it'd be in essence, a waste of $.




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