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By dave_mc ·
I have received a second hand pentum III 800MHZ processor and Intel Motherboard. When I boot up the PC, it desplays white dots on the screen that continue to expand and multiply. My first instinct is that it is the Processor, am I right. Do I need anew one?

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to CPU or Motherboard

Hi,

Its hard to say with any certainty without other tests, but my gut feeling is that its your video card...

Cheers,
Tim.

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by dave_mc In reply to CPU or Motherboard

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by TheChas In reply to CPU or Motherboard

Do you get the POST screen?
If you do not get the post screen, then I agree with Tim, if it is hardware, the video card is a primary suspect.
Another possability is a BIOS virus.

If you get the post screen, and the dots come up as the PC is loading Windows, it is likely a driver issue. Likely that your monitor cannot handle the settings for the monitor that was last connected.
Of course, a virus is still a potential issue.

Chas

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by mrpjb In reply to CPU or Motherboard

Dealing with second hand parts and trying to re-configure them with other hardware can be tricky. I agree with both previous answers, 1)Do you get any video at all? 2)Does the board have integrated video? AGP adapter? Try a different graphics adapter, AGP,or PCI and disable the int. video if the board has it.
In accordance with TheChas, I would flash the BIOS to rule out a BIOS virus, if the board POSTs. First take the CMOS battery out of the motherboard for at least ten minutes. Replace itand see what happens. (this is the "next step" beyond just using the Clear CMOS jumper). then with at least video, keyboard, and floppy drive hooked up, flash the BIOS, if possible. If flashing the BIOS does not resolve the issue, try another CPU (if handy). Of course you could also test the CPU on another PIII board (Socket or Slot 1?)to see if their is true life there. Let us know how you fair. Pete

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