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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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CPU or Motherboard

by rgrowcock In reply to CPU or Motherboard

Does the system POST OK? If the CPU is shot, I wouldn't think the system would even come up. However, it could be something simple like a video card. Not seated correctly, set out of range, etc. Are you trying this in a system that was already working fine? Did you try clearing the CMOS, either by simply removing the battery or by the BIOS? Just a few things for you to think about or check. Roger

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