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I Need A Diagnostic (mother Board Dieing?)


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#1 Rob.

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 01:19 PM

hi guys,

first post here so go easy...

my computer has started playing up and has been getting gradually worse, I think a piece of hardware is malfunctioning but i'm not sure which bit so i'll give you details of the problem and with any luck you guys can point me too what probabily needs replacing.

The first sign of something being wrong was that the signal to the screen would it cut out during, or just after start up (screen would turn to stand by). This happened once every so often but would usually be rectified by another re-boot.
This morning things took a turn for the worse though as not only would screen turn off but the system would lock up during start up and took about 6 re-boots to get it to start up successfully. once its booted up it works fine though.

orginally i thought the graphics card was going due to the screen turning of, but now due to it locking up aswell i think the motherboard may be going out. i don't think there is a software comflict as in my experience this kind of conflict would stop the computer booting up every time, not just 6/7 times.

Thanks for any replies guys. and for the sake of the rules i am running xp with all the service pack updates, i'm not sure what my motherboard is but its a few years old, has a pentium 4 on it, an agp slot, and all the other usual stuff.

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Posted 01 September 2006 - 01:38 PM

Software problems can act just like hardware problems - this is because it's the software that causes the hardware to work.

First thing to check would be your Event Viewer to see if there's any errors around the times that this happened. Go to Start...Run...and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:17 AM

not a software error as after formating the harddisk all is still broken. now it locks up just after it asks me the startup in safe mode, normal mode etc etc questions.

having swaped bits about with another computer all was working until i swap the hard disks to which nither computer woprk with either hard disk. i'm not sure if its because its the hard disk and the mother board at fault or if its because i shouldn't swap the hard dicks so i'm now a bit confused!

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:56 AM

One of the first things you can do to find if it is hardware or software related is to go to device manager and see if it is showing any conflicts. Try running the trouble shooter of any device you suspect.

As far as the HD swap you can check the bios settings and see if it is detected correctly or is set to auto detect new hardware.

Also you state late in your post that the HD wouldn't work on either device, a pretty good sign the device is not being recognised or is kaput.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:59 AM

What OS are you useing ?

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 01:22 PM

i'm running windows xp, and too update:

niether hard disk would allow the dodgy computer to boot up. the possibly dodgy hard disk wouldn't boot up the working computer but it worked when used as a slave. so the hard disk works but won't boot up a computer, and seeing as the defiantely working hard disk won't boot up the dodgy computer that seems to show that teh mother board is broken also!

i'm going to have another fiddle with the master and slave set up on the dodgy mother board.

thanks for the replies, and its defiantely not a software problem as i set the hard disk back to factory defaults so there nothing that isn't cerfited to work properly on there!

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 01:24 PM

Also you state late in your post that the HD wouldn't work on either device, a pretty good sign the device is not being recognised or is kaput.


well it works, just won't boot. and its is recongisned by the autom detect on both of the pc's i put it in.

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Posted 04 September 2006 - 11:24 AM

Sounds like the boot sector on the disk may be hosed. Try running chkdsk /r on it to see if it can find any errors.

Also, from the Recovery Console try fixmbr and fixboot to see if that will repair it.
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