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Dead MB or Chip?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by 9x23w, Mar 22, 2006.

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  1. 9x23w

    9x23w Thread Starter

    Mar 7, 2006
    I have a 2 mo. old PCChips M861G w/ an Athlon 3700 which has suddenly died. System will not start up no matter what - no post, no beeps, no fan movement, nothing. I have tried everything - swap power supplies, disconnected everything, reset the CMOS, jumped the power switch pins, remove memory, nothing does anything. I can only assume that either the board or the chip has fried.

    Is there anyway to determine which of these is bad? Unfortunately, I do not have another board or chip that I can use to test either of these components.

    Thanks in advance to all that respond.
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Using another board is the only real way to know. But its much more common for a motherboard to die then a processor, especially the super low end PCChips and ECS boards.
  3. loserOlimbs


    Jun 19, 2004
    I second Triple 6.

    I have seen so few CPUs die, and so many dead motherbards, and when you pick from the bottom of the barrel (PCChips) you will likely have trouble.
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Yep, the only processors I've seen were overheated by losing the HS, or the pins were broken off. OTOH, I've seen a number of cheap MB's bite the dust. :D
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