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Motherboard or Power Supply

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  1. Blakes7

    Blakes7 Thread Starter

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    Hi! I have a computer (or maybe had) with an Asus M2v-MX SE motherboard with a dual core AMD processor, running XP Pro SP3. Over the last few months. maybe once every week or 2 weeks, it would freeze after booting into the OS. Mouse would freeze and couldn't crl-alt-delete to task manager. I had to unplug it, then reboot and it would be fine. The other day, as it booted the boot message screen came up in different colors within words, then everything had a green hue. The green hue continued after the OS came up. I was just checking mail before I went to work. When I came home, I turned on the computer---and nada. It didn't do anything, and a message appeared on the monitor---no signal. Not even the bios came up. I use the onboard video, so with the green hue I figured Motherboard. But since it sent no signal, now I'm thinking power supply. How can I determine the cause of the problem? I know I can't find a replacement motherboard---it's 7 years old. A month ago, I put in Crucial CT2KIT25664AA667 4gb, but I don't know how this would cause this problem as it hasn't froze since I installed the ram. Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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    I take it you don't have a spare PSU to try out on it? I would start there or buy a new PSU, if it turns out to be your MOBO, you will be on your way to your new build.

    I feel your pain, I am trying to build a new server using 8 year old components.
     
  3. Blakes7

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    Thanks for the response. It would be funny (I'll laugh later), but I was going to use this power supply to test another computer. I have looked on e-bay, and found the same power supply at a really good price---it was a cheap power supply to start with, but it did last 7 years. At worst, I'll have a power supply for testing. Thanks.
     
  4. Photopilot

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    I would suggest buying a new PSU. It it is the PSU on your current computer we can guess the failure rate is around 7 years or so;).

    Even if it is 7 years later it sucks to have to trouble shoot your system or have it go down for a day or more. For around $70 you can buy a good, new one and have it less likely to be a source of current or future problems.
     
  5. Blakes7

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    Thanks for the responses. Just received a new power supply from Newegg---amazing, ordered it late yesterday morning and received it this afternoon. Installed it, plugged it in, made all the connections, and there be a computer here. Thanks for the help.
     
  6. Photopilot

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    Awesome good to hear good results.

    It makes sense to have a spare PSU sitting around because if your computer is acting up it is very possibly the PSU and it is the easiest thing to replace before testing and replacing all other components.
     
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