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    My mother board aint working!

    Why is it the I get all the defective hardware?

    Back on topic:
    Some guy was selling a mother board, he said it has never been used, I buy it from him; I stuck some RAM and a proccesor in there, and press the power button, it turns on, but nothing shows up on the screen.

    The CPU's & graphics card's fan turn on, and all the power light's light up; every thing has power.
    Here are few more things:
    The HDD isnt spinning.
    Floppy is constantly being read.


    I have tried every thing I could think of; and am starting to think there is no BIOS.
    And if there isnt a BIOS, how could I put one on?



    Thats the only thing I can think of right now

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    Have you changed the RAM and PSU? - what spec is the motherboard, cpu and RAM - i.e. make/model...

    If the hard disk isnt spinning, then it could be 'cause of the IDE cable connecting it to the motherboard.

    I suggest:
    1) That you change the IDE cables connecting the Floppy Drive and Hard disk to the motherboard
    2)That you check the Graphics card and RAM, i.e. in another machine to make sure it works.
    3) Make sure the RAM is compatiable witht the motherboard
    4) That you tell me the make and model of the motherboard so I can look at any imcompatibilities it may have

    btw, I know how you feel - I got a dodgy motherboard at home here sitting in a box. It cost me £70.00 off ebay with a 1.1GHZ athlon and 1GB ram - bloody thing wont boot

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    Thanks for the help!

    I think I found the problem:
    My CPU may be too fast.
    The mother board supports only a 400 Mhz front side bus.
    My CPU requiers a 533 Mhz front side bus to function properly.


    So my mother board probably isn't defective
    Oh well, even if it is defective; I only paid $10 for it, so not much would have been wasted.


    Btw, is £70.00 a lot?
    Last edited by yamoo; 03-02-2005 at 01:58 AM.

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    eh? what Processor did you buy? - a 533mhz FSB must be quite new, 'cos a lot of the 2.6ghz and down P4's have a 400mhz fsb

    anyhow, £70 amounts to $133.00 and it still doesnt work

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel
    eh? what Processor did you buy? - a 533mhz FSB must be quite new, 'cos a lot of the 2.6ghz and down P4's have a 400mhz fsb

    anyhow, £70 amounts to $133.00 and it still doesnt work
    Ouch, thats a lot for defective hardware

    Well, any way:
    Here's a pic of the box:
    Last edited by yamoo; 03-02-2005 at 04:11 PM.

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    I was gonna suggest (not that it matters now) your might of blown your motherboard, but anyway just thought I post in this forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamoo
    Ouch, thats a lot for defective hardware

    Well, any way:
    Here's a pic of the box:
    wooh - a mobo for a 2.4ghz P4 for ten dollars is pretty cheap - I would make sure that you find a processor that has a 400mhz FSB (stating the obvious) -also, how much RAM are you putting in there?

    Jamie.

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    Oops, I meant that the mother board was $10
    And I plan on putting in 512 Meg

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    It'd be better to find a board the use the Northwood chip than using an processor with a slower bus speed. Remember you'll want to use PC2700 DDR with that 533Mhz FSB chip.

    The 533Mhz FSB chips are actually pretty old, a few years. The 800Mhz FSB ones are the "new" ones but they have even been around for a while.
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    I know - I want a 3.6ghz P4 with a 800mhz FSB, but I havent got the £££

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    Would this mother board:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Tab=2&NoMapp=0

    Work with my CPU?
    Cuase some guy was saying in the reveiws that the mother board doesnt work with CPU's with over 512 K cache.
    And my CPU has 1 meg.

    Hopefully he/she doesnt know what they're talking about



    Here's my CPU's model number:
    I think this is it: PGA-478
    If thats not it, I can get a picture of it.


    And here's the mother boards web page:
    http://www.machspeed.com/x_p4x400.htm

    I didn't really see any thing in there about it not supporting any thing above 512K.


    Btw, thank you all very much for helping


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