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Dead PC
turve Sep-14-01 12:25 PM
I have a Gateway motherboard (not sure type) with seperate video card, 1.2gb HD,166 Pentium. It used to work fine, but suddenly won't start up. I had problems previously with a block of memory, so have tried one that I know to be OK, so it can't be that. I have also tried another processor (Pentium 100mhz) to no avail.

Do you think the motherboard is damaged? It has been in and out if its case a few times, so perhaps I used too much force?


1. RE: Dead PC
lbyard Sep-14-01 04:47 PM
In response to message 0
Try the trouble shooting steps in our Motherboard FAQs. They were originally written in response to a question about an EpoX motherboard, but most of them applicable to motherboards in general. If you didn’t plug in anything while the board was powered-up, it should be OK. Never say, “so it can't be that.” Larry

2. RE: Dead PC
gudlife Sep-20-01 00:17 AM
In response to message 1
How true that is! Things have gotten better in the last few years, but back when DIMMS were new and the LX chipset was all the rage I went through entire cases of RAM from different manufacturers. Sometimes it was completely defective. Sometimes it just wouldn't get along with a certain board even though it worked in everything else. Sometimes it was good one day and not the next.

The only good thing about those times is that the survivors all troubleshoot by saying it could be anything, nothing, or EVERYTHING!

-John


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