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    Tea on a Motherboard. Assistance?

    Always wondered if the CMOS battery should be removed asap and during cleaning/drying? Isn't at least part of the mobo energized while the battery is attached??:confused:
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    Need help troubleshooting

    Off the wall things to check... On/Off switch might be sticking PSU might be on the way out CPU fan might be spinning too slowly (it IS spinning?) Hard drive might be dying (run diagnostic if possible or check in another system) Look at capacitors...any of them leaking, crusty, or puffy?
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    Holy crap, it worked! Dead video card, resurrected!

    I tried this with an old Socket 754 motherboard. After about 5 minutes at 380 degrees, the capacitors started exploding like popcorn. One actually blew itself off the board. Needless to say, that board is now "fixed".
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    Got the 2 CPUs today. The 1.0 Ghz works great in my little Compaq system. The 1.13 doesn't seem...

    Got the 2 CPUs today. The 1.0 Ghz works great in my little Compaq system. The 1.13 doesn't seem to want to work but I think it is because the mobo won't support it. I'm going to do some further checking on compatibility but the board is so old that info is scarce. Thanks for the smooth...
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    Protection using a wireless router

    So deadman, what they are telling you is ANY kind of router, with ANY kind of password, and ANY kind of protection (be it WEP, WPA or ABC) is better than what you have now. Get something, hook it up (per the manual), and move on!
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    Overclocking Help (AMD 64x2 3800+)

    I've got two X2 3800+ chips on two different boards (Asrock SataII & Epox m-ATX) and both do 2.6 easily. To be honest, I don't run them over 2.2 because I'm interested in stability, low heat, and low noise. Running at 2.6 seemed a little snappier but, for what I do, I saw no great benefit. The...
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    Partition advice for new drive that will be for OS

    I believe you can repair/reinstall your OS without disturbing games/programs IF you have kept things on separate partitions. Of course any updates you might have made to the OS will probably be lost but you should be able to get the basic OS back. I'm sure others will come along that can give...
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    Heat Issues

    Where are you getting those temps from and what is it reading (i.e. what is MB?) CPU temps don't look too bad. Have you tried running with the side of the case open to see if ventilation is a problem?
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    New build turns on for one second and then turns off.

    I checked the ASUS site and your mobo should support the CPU. Going back and looking at your pictures again, I have to agree that something looks odd with those standoff holes. It looks as if some of the solder has been knocked off. There may indeed be a grounding problem OR the board may...
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    New build turns on for one second and then turns off.

    The two things that come to mind are: 1) CPU overheat protection kicking in due to poor HSF to CPU contact OR fan not being sensed by mobo; 2) On/off switch on case is sticking (this usually results in shutdown after 5 seconds tho). One other thing to check is overheat protection settings...
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    IHS removal 3800X2 (939)

    I removed the IHS from an Opteron and found that I had to tweak the heatsink retention mech to get good contact. Basically had to shave/sand down the height of the bracket a bit. After all that work, I got a 2-3 degree temp drop and no better overclocks. In my case, it wasn't worth it. My $0.02
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    Comp wont boot

    When you say that you "reset the motherboard" does that mean you reset the CMOS/BIOS? I would also try unplugging the HDD power molex and data cables and see if you can get a beep. The other thing you can try is unplugging the power cord from the wall, press and hold the case power button for a...
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    Wierd issue with the puter starting back up.

    I'm not familiar with that card but I think you need to check the software settings. Check things like "wake on LAN" and other "wake" settings. That's my first guess!
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    Computer Lockups.

    JKownz, Sounds like a video driver issue to me. I had a couple of games from the same company the would freeze when things started to get complicated/fast. Got an updated video driver and things went smoothly. You might try posting this in the Gaming area to see if they can help! Good Luck!
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    Computer is dead, ideas on problem?

    You mention that the HSF is NOT spinning. The initial screech could have been the fan failing which caused your CPU to overheat and fry. Have you checked your CPU?? Also, some motherboards won't POST unless a working HSF is detected. My $0.02
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    How many actually get built?

    I've never actually done a "Rate my Build" thread here or on other forums. However, when I get ready to build a new system, I search and read those threads of others to see what you guys recommend/like. I then figure out which parts I can afford/obtain from the recommended stuffs. You guys have...
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    Computer won't boot

    It is possible that the switch on the case has broken. Try using a small screwdriver to short the two pins on the motherboard that are connected to the case switch. Just touch both pins at the same time with something metal. The case switch is just an easy way to short those two pins. I've...
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    Newegg / [H]ardOCP AMD Athlon X2 5000+ Black Edition Drawing

    1. Give my Mom my AsRock 939 system (cause her NF7-S just got fried by lightening :eek:) and use the 5000+ to build myself a new system. 2. Phenom
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    old amd athalon 3200+ 939 fix

    My suggestion at this point would be to SLOW DOWN. :eek: Before we go any further, let's get a detailed list of what parts we are working with. What make/model motherboard are we using? What make/model Ram? What make/model Power Supply? What kind of heatsink/fan are we working with? Until...
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    cpu hs help and suggestions

    xnikx, I'm using the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro...not the Freezer 7 Pro. The Freezer 7 is for Intel sockets. The two models are very similar with only the mounting changed for the different socket. Keep that in mind when you go shopping...make sure you get the right one for your mobo. I...
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    cpu hs help and suggestions

    xnikx, I'm using the AMD model of that HSF. It is working very well for me and is much quieter. I dropped load temps from low 50s down to 39-40 range and that is running the fan on low. Look around on the F/S forums and you can get one cheaper than the Egg if you are patient.
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    HD keeps messing up but tests say its perfectly fine.. could it be something else?

    Hammyton, If the HDD is getting corrupted data written to it (because of bad Ram, CPU, etc.) it will crash. Depending on how badly it is getting 'mis-informed', it could last an hour or a week. Go through the checks suggested to make sure another piece of hardware isn't 'confusing' your HDD...
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    Big Problem - CPU Failed under OC

    Are you still running 2.5V on your memory?? You might want to try increasing the Ram voltage to 2.6 or 2.7. 2.5V sounds low to me...especially if your mobo happens to undervolt a little AND if you are overclocking. Also, aren't DFI boards generally hard to set up properly? They run like champs...
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    Big Problem - CPU Failed under OC

    My guess is it is something other than CPU. Try running a bare bones setup with only CPU, HDD, GPU, and one stick of RAM. You might also want to remove your HSF, pull the CPU, clean it up (look in the socket for debris) and reapply your thermal goop. Can't prove it but I think CPUs either work...
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    No case, is this okay?

    You should be fine just make sure the motherboard stays fully on the cardboard. I ran a Opty/Epox rig on a piece of plywood for about 3 months until I got a case for it. Wouldn't hurt to cut a second piece of cardboard to put over the top of the 3 sided base to keep things from falling/spilling...
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    Naked Opty & Freezer Pro??

    Update on the Freezer Pro... Just for kicks I checked the flatness of the freezer pro heatsink base. I sat the heatsink on a flat surface and looked for light coming under the base. The copper base had a noticable concavity in it in one direction i.e parallel to the heatpipes. So, I started...
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    Naked Opty & Freezer Pro??

    Nordic, Yep, got the Freezer in hand. I bought it used tho so not into it for much mulah. I did notice a 3-4 degree drop by applying AS5 to the core and then re-attaching the IHS. I've got another issue I think...when I apply AS5 (rice size) to the IHS center and attach the stock HSF, the...
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    Naked Opty & Freezer Pro??

    Ded & Rid, Yeah, the Freezer Pro does have a funky locking mechanism. I noticed it seemed to apply a lot of pressure on the IHS. I may try fabricating a bracket using screws to tighten it down gradually. I've been installing it with the motherboard in the case. I may go to the trouble of...
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    Naked Opty & Freezer Pro??

    I'm trying to cool my Opty 148 down a little. I've got an Epox EP-9GF6100 mATX mobo. I've been running a stock AMD HSF (no heatpipes) and can overclock to 2.6 before temps break 50C. The Opty is good for a LOT more but I don't like high temps. I've removed the IHS from the Opty and applied...
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    Opteron 150 Overclock Help

    Best way to start is to list your system parts. What motherboard, Ram, cooling and power supply do you have? I've got an Opty 148 that will be similar to your 150 but we will need to know the other parts of your system. I've got my 148 running at 2.6Ghz right now. It will run 2.85Ghz stably...
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    Did I kill my system? (It keeps resetting quickly)

    First thing I would check is the case front panel connections at the motherboard. Have you got the right connectors on the proper pins? The "power On signal" is just a momentary contact. If you've got something else attached to the power switch pins like maybe "power LED" then the...
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    How do you clean your computer from dust?

    I use a small, soft paint brush and my shop vac (set to blow instead of vacuum). Only issue I ever had was being too aggresive and wound up dislodging a Sata cable. Obviously best done outside the house!
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    PC is BSODing... could use some suggestions

    My bet is a failing PSU or an overheat problem. Overheat because having the side panel off lets the system run. Check CPU fan/heatsink and case fans and GPU fan if she has one. PSU failure due to the fact it BSODs when extra stress is added (Windows startup, etc.). The difference in upstairs...
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    Heatsinks: Mass versus fin density (and/or thickness)

    Mass would affect how long it took for the CPU/HS to reach temperature equlibrium. After that surface area rules. A member over at the Rebels Haven forum tried running his water cooling system thru a 5 gallon tank hoping to use the large mass of water to avoid using a radiator. It worked fine...
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    troubleshooting - your guess is as good as mine

    Good Luck! Sometimes you can change mobos and not have to redo the OS. I went from a Biostar Tforce6100 to an Epox Tforce 6100 without reworking anything BUT things ran slowly and the system seemed to be working hard just to do routine tasks. I too have read that a mobo swap can be done without...
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    troubleshooting - your guess is as good as mine

    Sorry, this is what got me confused: "i install a new motherboard friday night. while i was sliding out the motherboard tray, the SATA connection came unplugged and i got an angry blue screen." If you changed to a different motherboard, you may have to re-install your OS. Also,make sure...
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    troubleshooting - your guess is as good as mine

    Let me make sure I understand.... You swappped (or started swapping) motherboards with the power turned on????? :eek: If you indeed swapped mobos (and didn't fry anything in the process) maybe your harddrive isn't talking properly to the new mobo/chipset. Maybe you need to change video...
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    Cleaning old 2500+ ?

    Since your around a college, Pure Grain Alcohol (PGA) should be abundant. It will work just fine! :D
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    Computer problem... motherboard bad??

    I was going by the gradually worsening symptoms. I had a hard drive that did pretty much the same thing you decribed. You are right tho, it should boot. When you had the water spill, did you allow everything to dry well? A short exposure to water shouldn't cause problems later. Look the video...
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    Computer problem... motherboard bad??

    Give us some info on your system. What CPU, motherboard, ram, power supply, video card, hard drive, optical drives, and operating system? My un-informed guess right now would be hard drive going bad OR motherboard capacitor issue but that is pure speculation without details. CoachB