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Motherboard issues? or PSU

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bassamnz, Dec 10, 2011.

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  1. bassamnz

    bassamnz Thread Starter

    Mar 24, 2007
    So my PC has been stutturing for a while. As in when i play games or am watching a movie it literally stutters. like say a charater is saying hello. It would slow down and sound and appear like He-e-e-e-ello

    Then like a week ago, it refused to start up. I thought it was a graphics card issue, so I replaced it. It started up fine.

    Then Yesterday it refused to start up again. I did the turn it off and on again thing and unplugged the power etc.

    Now it powers up fine. The fans up, the dvd drives open and close. But it doesnt boot at all. I just see a blank screen the whole time.

    I disconnected all the RAM sticks and tried to turn it on. Same thing. THERE ARE NO BEEPS. No beeps = motherboard fried right?

    Is my new graphics card fried too?

    What should I do now?
  2. Snagglegaster

    Snagglegaster Banned

    Sep 12, 2006
    The easiest component to test is the power supply, and since that's a high failure rate piece of hardware, that's where I would start. Anyone who works on their own computer needs a power supply tester or a known-good spare PSU to test for failures. The tester is a lot cheaper than having a spare power supply sitting around. Any of these testers, are OK except for the Startech.

    If the PSU is good, than you have a bad motherboard, and the other components are probably OK. If the PSU tests bad, then you can't really tell the state of the rest of the hardware until you connect a new power supply. It's certainly possible to have a failed power supply which has damaged other components in the computer, but it doesn't happen very often, and it's usually a pretty spectacular PSU failure involved. Smoke, flames, that sort of thing.
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