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Is my motherboard fried?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ihkbanks101, Apr 16, 2011.

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  1. ihkbanks101

    ihkbanks101 Thread Starter

    Apr 16, 2011
    Here is my issue: I had my computer in a tight space so air flow was very limited. The computer shut itself down probably because of an overheat issue. After I rebooted (with a fan blowing on it and with optimal air flow) windows would fail to load. I've taken out every component, RAM, Video Card, Disk Drives, Hard Drive and everything has been tested in another PC and everything works 100% fine . After buying a new Hard Drive windows would still fail to load at the same exact spot. I also tried a new power supply but I still got the same exact problem. I've also reset bios. The only 2 possible problems are either the Proccessor or the Mobo.

    The place where I keep getting freezes are right when I get to the Starting Windows screen, and the logo begins to form. As soon as the Logo starts to animate, everything stops, keyboard shuts off and cpu resets itself. Windows recovery tool will load files and when it comes to starting up windows i'll get the same thing, freeze then reset. I am able to access bios, but a few times I've encountered freezes during the bios. I've also tried booting with no usb's plugged in or anything plugged in at all and still get the windows logo freeze every time. So is it the Motherboard? Or processor?

    AMD Athlon Quad Core Phenom
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    Sounds like it is.
  3. Lance1


    Aug 4, 2003
    It could be a problem with the Motherboard Capacitors. Take a look at them an see if they are swelled and or leaking. If they are, then the motherboard is not necessarily shot, they can be replaced in a tech shop or if you have the know how and the right tools you can do it yourself. I have done this on many boards and it is not as hard as it sounds. Besides, if the board is fried you can gain some hardware experience from this.

    Replacing motherboard capacitors howto


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  4. bigk


    Jul 19, 2005
    Just buy a whole new motherboard that is compatible with your current processor and other components. Nowadays motherboards are like what, $50 bucks?
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