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Motherboard Advice

  1. Feb 5, 2006 #1

    jamesrc

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    Hi,

    I bought a new computer a little over a year ago (some specs included below) and it recently stopped working. It powers on and the drives spin, but it does not go into its boot sequence. I don't know much about computer hardware, but I'm guessing there is something wrong with my motherboard (I did try with a different hard drive with the same results). Of course, my warranty on the hardware just expired, so the place I bought it from isn't willing to help out.
    Basically I've got two questions: is there anything I can/should try with the motherboard I have to see if it is still usable? It is an ABIT IS7 series (IS7-V2) board. Secondly (especially if the answer to the first question is "no") could you recommend a board to replace the one I have? The board I have has been discontinued (though I could probably still buy one somewhere, I just don't want it to break in a year too). I'm not sure what I should be looking for (which is why I'm asking for help), but I guess I'd want comparable to better functionality to the way the one I have is supposed to perform (or at least the info I need to look for to make sure it is compatible with all of the other components I have). Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

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    Pentium® 4 Configurator
    www.cyberpowersystem.com/custom/piv.asp

    2ND_USB: STANDARD 2 USB PORTS + 2 EXTRA USB PORTS CONNECTORS
    CAS: ATX MEDIUM TOWER CASE 350 WATT
    CD: COMBO DRIVE (16X DVD-ROM & 52x32x52 CD-RW)
    CDRW: CD-RW 52X32X52
    CPU: (800Mhz FSB)Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU @ 3.4GHZ 1MB w/ Hyper Threading
    HDD: Western Digital 200GB 7200RPM ATA 100 8MB Special Editon
    MOTHERBOARD: *(DDR400-800MHz FSB)ABIT IS7-V2 848P, Intel(R) i848
    Mainboard PRESCOTT SUPPORT w/ LAN & 5.1 SOUND W/SATA
    MEMORY: 2048 MB (512MBx4) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY
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  3. Feb 6, 2006 #2
    It seems like you have a socket 478 CPU and an AGP graphicscard, so you will need a board with those features. You should also make sure that the board you find have two IDE ports as you will need those fo your harddrive and your ooptical drives. I would recommed a ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe, however you should consider if it is worth the trouble to fretch such a card. Both socket 478 and AGP cards are by now old standards. If you can live with just one optical drive ASRock P4Dual-915GL might be worth it. it have both an AGP slot and and a PCI-Ex16 for newer graphicscard.

    As for the first question, I would first let someone that have some expertise look at it, if you do not know any consider paying (!!) for it. It would be very annoying to buy new parts to replace ones that do work.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2006 #3

    jamesrc

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    Thanks for the help. I'll try to find someone to look at it before I go off and buy anything.
     
  5. Feb 7, 2006 #4
    There are two things you may want to check:

    first check to see if your motherboard reconizes your hard drive if it does then the second thing to check is your boot sequence your motherboard may be looking at your cd drive for something to startup with.

    I dont know if you know how to look for this, but if not when you start up your computer you should see something that says setup with a key assignment next to it just press that key and it should take you to the setup

    on my computer i think f8 takes me to my motherboard setup
     
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