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  1. #21


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    Kerry, I don't have a monitor or keyboard attached because they are not easily accessible, since I just borrowed the computer to test it. This shouldn't pose a problem... right? Also reseated the RAM. Forgot to mention this in my last post.

    Jack, Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to ensure the salvaged parts work before recommending any new purchases of parts^^
    No keyboard or monitor shouldn't be a problem. The motherboard will still post without them. It just helps to see the BIOS screen while the PC is booting up. Not all motherboards have the little PC speaker/buzzer attached and if the case doesn't have one or its not plugged into the motherboard, you won't here the beep code.

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  2. #22


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Decided removing the cover was too much work; just going to give it back and say the motherboard is bad. There is like a 95% chance that it is the problem anyway (or so lol). Thanks for all the help! Learned some new things as well
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  3. #23


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    No keyboard or monitor shouldn't be a problem. The motherboard will still post without them. It just helps to see the BIOS screen while the PC is booting up. Not all motherboards have the little PC speaker/buzzer attached and if the case doesn't have one or its not plugged into the motherboard, you won't here the beep code.
    Didn't see this post. The CPU fan wouldn't turn on as a big basis for my assumptions. It also has a built-in buzzer that did not sound, I just found it right now lol.
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  4. #24


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If I was a betting man my money would be on the motherboard having failed. If you have the cover off look for bulging or leaking capacitors. At one time years ago it was a big problem. I haven't heard of it being an issue recently though so it depends on how old the motherboard is.
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  5. #25


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    ^ Nothing leaking that I can tell. It is one of those cases that has the motherboard view side that you can remove, and you can remove the front panel (which doesn't show anything but the cage), but the top and other side are connected as one piece to the lip in the front. I couldn't figure that part out in order to get to the wiring, and decided not to spend any more time on it.

    The motherboard isn't that old, with an i3 core intel CPU. But yea, I'm sticking with the motherboard theory. Just hope nothing else failed. Giving it back to the owners soon, they'll tell me what they want to do. They'll probably end up putting the whole thing in storage lol. Thanks for everyone's help on this!
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  6. #26


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Trouble shooting an issue like that is a real pain if you don't have spares, and time consuming even if you do have spares. There is only so much you can do, that's the way it goes some times.
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  7. #27


    We need a cheap, reliable motherboard tester (pick one!).
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  8. #28


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    We need a cheap, reliable motherboard tester (pick one!).
    Something like this? https://www.google.ca/#q=pc+post+card+tester I didn't look at the prices, I don't know how cheap they are, but they are out there. It's not something you would buy unless you were a computer repair shop or a real tech enthusiast.
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  9. #29


    Hmmm, Amazon has some from $3 to $10. Think I will get one to see how good they are. Could really be a big help.

    PC POSTcard Testers

    Thanks for the pointer.

    Edit: I like this one: 4 Digit PCI & ISA PC Computer Motherboard Analyzer Tester Diagnostic Debug POST Card

    Has both PCI and ISA connector.

    Edit#2: Just ordered for $5.18 with no shipping.
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  10. #30


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I haven't seen an ISA slot in a long time, that must be an older card. That's likely why its so inexpensive. Still, a lot of motherboards still have at least 1 PCI slot on them.
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