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By gbellabe ·
Would I know if my motherboard is not working?

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by DragonFly In reply to MotherBoard

Don't quite understand you issue, however...

Quite frankly, your system would not be functioning if you had a serious Motherboard problem, but if you suspect something is not quite right, try a Diagnostic Utility Program from a company like the following.

There are many of these out there which can do the job.

WinTune 98
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10102-100-1727484.html?tag=st.dl.10001_103_1.lst.td

SANDRA 2000
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10102-100-1565773.html?tag=st.dl.10001_103_1.lst.td

Symantec Norton Utilities
http://www.symantec.com/nu/index.html

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by gbellabe In reply to MotherBoard

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by vmm In reply to MotherBoard

First step is a check for motherboard responce for memory lack. Install a CPU only, attach power and system speaker. Turn this on. If spk starts to issue beeps then this stage is OK. Install memory module and repeat. If in ithis case your MB generates another kind of beeps (requires video) then all is OK too. Consequently install video, HDD, and so on. In such a manner you can locate the source of troubles.
Hope your MB is working.

PS. If your MB stopped to respond at April 26, then probably you need to recover (reprogram) the contents of your BIOS. It's probably due
to Chernobyl virus.

Bye.

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by gbellabe In reply to MotherBoard

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by Duster52 In reply to MotherBoard

Yes, but you haven't mentioned what is going on. If your motherboard stops working (as in completely broken) then your computer would not even turn on. However, if portions of your motherboard are misbehaving you may not know which portion or how it will manifest itself. You may get spurious lockups, abends etc. The only way to figure out what is going on, is to remove as many hardware/software components and then gradually add them back trying to recreate whatever problems you are experiencing.

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by gbellabe In reply to MotherBoard

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by pavel_rybka In reply to MotherBoard

I very like 2nd answer. Something more.
1) Some older MBs didn't work without memory.
2) Disconecting EVERYTHING except speaker and power from MB is good idea. Bad cable to HD caused total disfunctionality of MB, that did not anything staying completely silent.
3) Minimal system: MB, VGA, KBD, floppy. Bootable W9X diskette. Try DOSDIAG from BCM diagnostics.

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