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Fried Motherboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by manofwar, Jun 23, 2006.

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  1. manofwar

    manofwar Thread Starter

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    OK I have a question for PC Savvy People.

    I recently installed a motherboard and it accidently touched the case when I powered it on, because of a missing screw. I want to know what fried, was it the motherboard, processor, memory, or video card.

    This is what it does. The cpu fan works, the bootup screen can be seen, It boots through the bios screen where it shows the devices, but then it goes to the deadly blue screen. I only have one stick of memory and dont want to buy another if thats not the problem. So does the boot screen mean the motherboard is not fried? How can you tell when a processor is fried?

    Alot of questions here answer all or some if you can Thanks.
     
  2. manofwar

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    OK I have a question for PC Savvy People.

    I recently installed a motherboard and it accidently touched the case when I powered it on, because of a missing screw. I want to know what fried, was it the motherboard, processor, memory, or video card.

    This is what it does. The cpu fan works, the bootup screen can be seen, It boots through the bios screen where it shows the devices, but then it goes to the deadly blue screen. I only have one stick of memory and dont want to buy another if thats not the problem. So does the boot screen mean the motherboard is not fried? How can you tell when a processor is fried?

    Alot of questions here answer all or some if you can Thanks.
     
  3. kiwiguy

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    There is simply no way that we could determine the damage, realistically (if there is any damage).

    As it boots through the BIOS, the CPU and basic motherboard functions are fine.

    The video also is fine, or you would not see the BIOS boot screen display, logically speaking if any of these things were fried.

    Everything (including the BIOS) has to rely on the CPU, unless the CPU is OK its never going to make the BIOS boot.

    From your description I would suspect that it's recognising the RAM at that stage as well.

    What other devices are connected? HDD? CD?

    Disconnect everything but the CPU, motherboard and Video. If it tells you that no boot device can be found it's promising.

    Work from there. One device at a time.
     
  4. qldit

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    Good Evening manofwar, in that you are reaching a blue screen it would suggest you are completeing the POST and progressing into a further boot stage from the hard drive.
    It is likely that there is a problem involving the hard rive.

    I would suggest obtaining a bootable program like Memtest86 and making a floppy disk or bootable CD from it and running it in a higher boot priority than the HDD.
    http://www.memtest.org/
    This will ascertain that your processing ability is operational and also confirm if the memory is servicable.
    Accept no errors, leave the program run for an hour or so minimum.

    A simple hard drive non-invasive test may be then be accomplished by running this little shareware trial program called HDDRegenerator, you can D/L and make a bootable CD or floppy with it which will simply test your drive for any damage and may explain your blue screen.
    http://www.dposoft.net/

    This is a start, you might now progress to install your new operating system if all is well.

    qldit.
     
  5. Smety

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    You could have fried everything on it for all we know . . .

    You will have to test each piece of hardware individually.
     
  6. Rockn

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    Could be! Take out all of the hardware except the CPU and memory. If you have an old PCI video card put that in as well. Disconnect all ribbon cables from the notherboard and unplug the power to hard drives and optical drives as well. Try booting that way and if it boots replace the parts one at a time until you get the error. If it doesn't boot it could be any of the components that are still installed and you will need to troubleshoot them one at a time.

    If this is a duplicate post, please do not cross post.
     
  7. Rich-M

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    Sounds like hard drive I agree...can you boot to XP cd by setting bios to have cd rom boot before hard drive and partiton and format? I mean if you have an OS on the hard drive, that could be all that is happening as with new hardware you need to install new OS, you cannot boot an OS from other hardware unless it is nearly the same in every way, and even that isn't a good idea.
    If you pulled the power very quickly, you may have gotten away with it....
     
  8. gotrootdude

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    Try booting a live CD of linux on it and see what happens.. It could be that there's no hardware damaged, could be a software problem from a corrupted space on the drive.
     
  9. manofwar

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    Ok ill try some of your suggestions but here is a little more info.

    Im using another computer to post this so dont think I can access anything on my supposedly fried computer. And nothing on this computer is compatible with the one im building.

    The hard drive that I put in is good because I tested it on another computer, so you might be right about the OS needing to be reinstalled for the new MB. When I boot up the info of the processor and memory is displayed so does this mean both are good? When I unplug the hard drive and boot it up it says no boot disk can be found.

    Well if you have any other suggestions let me know. It seems you guys know what your
    talking about so I'm willing to try them.
     
  10. Skivvywaver

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    Transplanting an OS to a new board is hard to do. You would be better off formatting ther drive. I figure the old board's drivers and such are the cause of the BSOD.
     
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    I have merged both of your threads together. Please continue replying in this one until the issue is resolved.
     
  13. manofwar

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    Ok, I got veeeery lucky and did not fry my motherboard. Im guessing my new power supply had some safety devices built into it, and did not allow excess current to the MB. I reformatted the hard drive and everything works perfectly. Thanks for all the help.
     
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    The great computer god smiles upon you, be nice to your machine!
    Cheers, qldit.
     
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