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    How to troubleshoot Motherboard

    MotherBoard Troublshooting links.



    If the motherboard will not boot.

    1.Reset the bios
    http://www.faqfarm.com/Q/How_do_you_reset_the_BIOS

    2.Check the power supply
    http://www.ultimatepcrepair.com/news/18.html
    http://channels.lockergnome.com/it/a...problems.phtml
    http://www.worldwide-training.com/ar.../article23.htm
    http://www.informit.com/articles/art...seqNum=12&rl=1

    3. Make sure you didnt over tighten the screws.

    4. Make sure that the mb standoffs are only in the places where there are holes. if not it can short the

    Motherboard.

    5. Check for loose screws

    6. Verify in the manual that the Power Switch is on the correct pins

    7. Verify that the switch works. You can do that by finding the pins where the power switch connects and then take

    a screwdriver and touch both of the pins (dont worry it will not shock you)

    8. reseat all cards and memory

    9. Unplug all fans, cables and cards from the motherboard. Only have the powerswitch, powersupply and cpu fan +

    memory hooked up. then try to post (this will eliminate the possibility of other things shorting out the mb)

    10. As a last resort remove the motherboard from the case. and Only have the powerswitch, powersupply and cpu fan +

    memory hooked up and try to turn it on. (this will elimate the possiblity of having the case short out the mb)






    If the mb turns on, but then turns back off.

    1. Check the cpu, make sure its not over heating.

    2. reseat all cards and memory.

    3. check the powersupply.

    4. check bios settings ( you may be overclocking the mb to high)

    5. replace the bios battery (typicaly when it goes dead your computer gets stuck rebooting)


    Bios Setup


    Bios Troubleshooting

    Bios Checksum Errors
    http://duxcw.com/faq/cmos/checksum.htm

    Bios beep codes
    http://www.bioscentral.com/
    http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml
    http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
    http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/reference/biosb.htm
    http://www.amptron.com/html/bios.beepcodes.html

    bios fuctions and what they do
    http://www.rojakpot.com/default.aspx?location=9


    Motherboard bios download page
    Asus http://support.asus.com/download/dow...Language=en-us
    Abit http://www.abit-usa.com/downloads/
    Albatron http://www.albatron.com.tw/english/service/bios.asp
    Aopen http://download.aopen.com.tw/default.aspx?Website=US
    Asrock http://www.asrock.com/support/Downlo...x_download.htm
    Biostar http://www.biostar.com.tw/support/bios/index.php3
    Chaintech http://www.chaintechusa.com/tw/eng/D...te.asp?DCSNo=4
    DFI http://us.dfi.com.tw/Support/Downloa...YPE=MB&SITE=NA
    ECS http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWeb/Downloa...uID=35&LanID=9
    Epox http://www.epox.com.tw/eng/support.php
    Gigabyte http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Motherbo.../BIOS_List.htm
    Intel http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd/genbios.htm
    Iwill http://www.iwill.net/support.asp
    Jetway http://210.201.178.76/evisn/download/bios/download1.htm
    Mach Speed http://www.machspeed.com/biosupdates.htm
    MSI http://www.msicomputer.com/support/bios_result.asp
    PcChips http://www.pcchips.com.tw/PCCWeb/Dow...uID=35&LanID=2
    Saphire http://www.sapphiretech.com/en/support/drivers.php
    Sis http://www.sis.com/download/
    SolTek http://www.soltek.com.tw/soltek/down...ex.php?catid=1
    Soyo http://www.soyousa.com/downloads/?language=English
    Tyan http://www.tyan.com/support/html/bios_support.html
    Tul http://www.tul.com.tw/global/DlBIOS....20%20%20Search

    Other MB troubleshooting webpages
    http://motherboards.mbarron.net/testing.html
    http://www.auldfart.co.uk/motherboarda.html
    http://www.duxcw.com/faq/mb/deadmb.htm

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    I didn't get the chance to read over the whole thing, but thanks to you for putting together a very useful one-stop source of this information.

    Great Job

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    That's awesome dude - it'll hopefully ease the number of "my motherboard won't boot" threads

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