Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    *sigh* I think my motherboard is toast

    I guess everything compensates. I will have gotten my braces off, graduated from HS and gotten my license in 2 weeks. But my comp just had to fail.
    This morning it all seemed fine. Checked my emails, checked Digg, checked the weather, etc.
    I come home from work, things seem extremely slow and I've got the "Windows is low on virtual memory error". Whatever, so I restart.
    Now I get the lovely black screen with white text. I forget the exact wording, but it was something on the lines of "Invalid boot device, press any key when you are ready". Okay, I've seen that before. 2 months ago my DiamondMax 8 HDD failed, which I replaced with a new 120GB Diamondmax 20 w/ warranty. Just for kicks, I try to insert the WinXP CDROM and boot from that. I press delete to enter BIOS control panel, I can't get in. I try to remove and replace the jumper to reset BIOS, and now the screen just stays black. Computer gets power, but not even the brand of the motherboard is displayed on the screen.
    My Radeon 9600 has never been an issue, and I really doubt that is my problem considering the problem evident when I COULD see.

    My motherboard is an MSI Neo2, 1.5 years old. Does it sound like this is the likely culprit?>?
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    South City, Ca
    Posts
    3,348
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just curious. If you're motherboard is toast, how are you posting on the intarweb right now?

  3. #3
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought a laptop last year to use for situation like this.
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  4. #4
    Chairman of the Bored catatonic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    My Bikes
    2004 Raleigh Talus, 2001 Motobecane Vent Noir (Custom build for heavy riders)
    Posts
    5,825
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is the BIOS socketed?

    If you think it's just a hosed BIOS, then try to get a ebay damage special with a good BIOS and swap the chips, then learn to hot-flash the messed up BIOS chip.
    -------- __@
    ----- _`\<,_
    ---- (*)/ (*)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ring Ring, Ring Ring, the bell went Ring Ring Ring.

  5. #5
    Senior Member shoerhino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    549
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Power supplies going bad can have strange symptoms as well.

    On one of my computers, I had some error messages and the system rebooted. After the reboot, the sound card started making strange sounds half way through the boot and the system stopped cold and shut down. Typically, electronics in computers don't just die. It can happen, but I would swap out the power supply first.

  6. #6
    Footballus vita est iamlucky13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Trek 4500, Kona Dawg
    Posts
    2,118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Meh...a dead motherboard isn't nearly as bad as graduating is good.

    If you've got spare components, try swapping various things in and out before spending money on what it might be. That could potentially save you a few bucks.
    "The internet is a place where absolutely nothing happens. You need to take advantage of that." ~ Strong Bad

  7. #7
    Displaced Southerner polara426sh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Webster, NY
    My Bikes
    1967 Peugeot UO-8, 1984 Torpado Beta, 1985 Trek 300, 1989 Dave Moulton Fuso FRX, '90s Hardrock x2, '90s Norco Pinnacle, Focus MB-350 IRO SSFGGB
    Posts
    254
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Is it rye? I love rye toast. Or even better, cinnamon raisin.

  8. #8
    Mmmmm potatoes idcruiserman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    1,921
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How's the battery?
    Idaho

  9. #9
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't have any extra power supplies. Could I check the voltage from the outputs using a voltmeter?
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  10. #10
    Senior Member shoerhino's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    549
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It might work to check the voltages although I've never tried. It would make sense that the voltages would be irregular if there was a problem.

  11. #11
    Senior Member DannoXYZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Saratoga, CA
    Posts
    11,495
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    I don't have any extra power supplies. Could I check the voltage from the outputs using a voltmeter?
    Well, you also have to check the voltage under load. With nothing attached, the PS will give out full-voltage due to the minimal current-draw of the voltmeter and they'll be very little voltage-drop. With devices sucking power, they'll be a voltage-drop rate vs. amps flowing. A failing power-supply might drop voltage too low at only 1/2-1/4th the output-rating of the PS. Using dummy resistive loads might be an easy way to test the PS.

  12. #12
    CPM M4 BananaTugger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    The West Side (Of Rochester, NY).
    My Bikes
    Light.
    Posts
    4,930
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Does it beep for the POST?
    Ten tenths.

  13. #13
    Reposting Yuppie Scum
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Wylie, TX
    My Bikes
    '98 Cervelo Eyre, '80 Centurion Lemans 12, '96 GT LTS-3, '05 Specialized Allez Elite Cro-Mo
    Posts
    442
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Power supply is a common problem and a cheap fix, generally speaking.

  14. #14
    CPM M4 BananaTugger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    The West Side (Of Rochester, NY).
    My Bikes
    Light.
    Posts
    4,930
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TechJunkie
    Power supply is a common problem and a cheap fix, generally speaking.
    Cheap compared to a new computer, but the power source is the last component one should cheap-out on.

    Nothing less than $80-$100.
    Ten tenths.

  15. #15
    Footballus vita est iamlucky13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Trek 4500, Kona Dawg
    Posts
    2,118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't necessarily know about that. It's pretty easy to find a reliable power supply for ~$50, especially if you don't need more than 400 Watts. Of course, my numbers could be skewed a little bit by buying from Newegg.
    "The internet is a place where absolutely nothing happens. You need to take advantage of that." ~ Strong Bad

  16. #16
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It does not beep or make any sound at all. Just my black screen. I'll see if I can borrow a PS from a friend.
    I hate living off my laptop
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  17. #17
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a feeling it is the power supply. THe hard disk was spinning alright (so it sounded), but perhaps the reason it said "boot device not available" was becuase the HD was not getting adequate voltage to function. And now, the motherboard is not getting adequate voltage to really function at all. I think I'm going to replace the power supply, get the 350W one from Staples for 50 bucks. I don't have anything outside the norm except 5 small case fans to power up (12 watts a piece).
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  18. #18
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks like the power supply was not the culprit. I bought an Antec 500W power supply on sale, for 70 bucks it seemed like a pretty good deal. Well I get the same problem. Now I think it's the motherboard.
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •