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So I have this problem with my moms computer. Here I go:

I had an old acer I bought a while ago and I handed it down to my mom. I switched the PSU, GPU, RAM, and some other stuff until one day it broke on her. I figured it to be the mobo so I changed it, got a new case and then it worked fine. Her fiance wants to use it for his work so I told him ide format it. Anyways, the drivers werent properly installed so I began doing my thing. It stopped booting. I mean, did not go past post. She said this use to happen before so I began checking it. It said bad CMOS battery so I changed it. The message did not go away, which was wierd. Anyways, I got it to boot after sitting for 30+minutes untouched. Wierd... but then the BIOS messed up. I couldnt even flash because it would BSOD due to bad BIOS before I would even get into the OS or boot from USB. I am suggesting a new MoBo because AM2+ MoBos are not that expensive and the rest of the comp works fine. He doesnt trust me... so he wanted another opinion. Am I wrong to think its the MoBo?
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post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by MacNcheese View Post

So I have this problem with my moms computer. Here I go:
I had an old acer I bought a while ago and I handed it down to my mom. I switched the PSU, GPU, RAM, and some other stuff until one day it broke on her. I figured it to be the mobo so I changed it, got a new case and then it worked fine. Her fiance wants to use it for his work so I told him ide format it. Anyways, the drivers werent properly installed so I began doing my thing. It stopped booting. I mean, did not go past post. She said this use to happen before so I began checking it. It said bad CMOS battery so I changed it. The message did not go away, which was wierd. Anyways, I got it to boot after sitting for 30+minutes untouched. Wierd... but then the BIOS messed up. I couldnt even flash because it would BSOD due to bad BIOS before I would even get into the OS or boot from USB. I am suggesting a new MoBo because AM2+ MoBos are not that expensive and the rest of the comp works fine. He doesnt trust me... so he wanted another opinion. Am I wrong to think its the MoBo?

It could be a bad bios chip on the motherboard itself, instead of the CMOS battery. In which case, it would still be a motherboard issue.
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you try using only one stick of RAM... Could be intermittently bad ram stick.. I recently had a similar problem on a new build for a customer...

It certainly is one of those hair pulling problems.. Id say its a VERY good, and most likely cause that its the motherboard. Especially considering its an acer... (or any name major retail brand computer mainboard)
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either ram or mb...try like suggested above and use one stick at a time in diff slots...if still the same...new mb wink.gif
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Originally Posted by mrinnocent View Post

either ram or mb...try like suggested above and use one stick at a time in diff slots...if still the same...new mb wink.gif

MRinnocent... I envy your OC in your signature! any chance you can share your Voltages with me .. also I am excited to see that you got that OC with an ASrock.. as I will probably try them next time around.
post #6 of 9
i agree with the other suggestions..it's one of 2 things: bios chip(i'm leaning towards that)or bad RAM
new mobo wouldn't hurt..check the RAM,though biggrin.gif
also..make sure none of the standoffs came loose
 
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post #7 of 9
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Il double check. Just bugs me more than anything that he doesnt trust my opinion... lol I fixed his comp in 15 mins before when it shut down and wouldnt boot. And fixed other comps... arrrgggggg

Yes im using the same RAM from before so it cannot be the RAM.

Good idea to check the standoffs, too. I definitely will take a second look, but I dont think anything should be wrong since I moved it into an antec 300 and used those standoffs.
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could always test outside case...just to make sure thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bushmaster View Post

MRinnocent... I envy your OC in your signature! any chance you can share your Voltages with me .. also I am excited to see that you got that OC with an ASrock.. as I will probably try them next time around.

I admire your mb!...lol....Asrock is no longer a low end option...it competes very well with all the top brands now and this one has been a great one thumb.gif

temps are the key to getting these things to clock above 4ghz 24/7...I'm able to throw ridiculous voltage and clocks without exceeding 43c underload to avoid meltdown....i use a slushbox setup if i'm benching anything over 4.3ghz by the way wink.gif
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