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Hopefully this thread won't be like my build thread, where no one cared or responded to my questions in my thread. Unfortunately I had to create a new thread for every question. I say this because this is another two-in-one thread type thing. This may result in long-ish posts, to which no one reads or cares to respond.

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Now with that out of the way, I'll get to the point. I bought two motherboards earlier. One new, one used. I got an AsRock 4CoreDualVSTA (new) and a Biostar 965PT. I wanted to earn a whole bunch of HWbot points with my stash (lol) of AGP cards so I used the AsRock first. After a week of off-and-on card swapping benchmarking madness, I submitted all my scores after the weekend.

All is good so I decided to make my upgrade permanent by swapping out the AsRock with the Biostar. After removing two of the standoffs (the asrock is a bit larger) and getting frustrated over the number of cables I finally got the stuff together. So I boot her up. No beep, but there is power and the fans spin. I couldn't do any more diagnosing yet since my dad kept yelling at me to go to sleep. (I've been staying up trying to benchmark all my AGP cards)

So where should I start to diagnose the problem?

PSU - Can't be, it is working fine.
CPU - maybe, did I put too little AS5 on? I used the mechanical pencil tip thing
Motherboard - how do I test that? Swap back in the AsRock?
HDD - No, just tested them at work today
Video - No, it would still beep
RAM - Maybe, but I'd have to swap out the motherboard

Hopefully it won't be something really simple, like not plugging in the 4-pin power cable, because I made sure I did.

So I should swap out the motherboard before confirming the mobo as dead?

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Anyways, if I were to get a new motherboard, what should I get? I'd like something that isn't too expensive, but is stable and overclocks well. I don't need X38 so I'm not waiting for that. It'd be nice to have 2 PCI-E ports but it is not necessary.

The boards I'm considering:

Gigabyte P35-DS3L $100 (what's the difference between this and the DS3R?)

DFI Infinity 975X $120

Gigbyte P35-DS3P $155

Asus P5K $146 (SE???)

So which one is best and why?

Sorry if this post seemed really long, I've just got a problem.
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I´d say, swap motherboards. Asrock boards are very reliable.(have one in my sig rig and one in my sec rig). Beeing you are not able to boot the biostar i would forget about that one and go for the Asrock.
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I´d say, swap motherboards. Asrock boards are very reliable.(have one in my sig rig and one in my sec rig). Beeing you are not able to boot the biostar i would forget about that one and go for the Asrock.
Hey, thanks for taking the time to read my post. I'm going to try to diagnose the problem (try a few things) and if the Biostar still doesn't work, then I'm going to switch to my AsRock.

I do kind of want to see how high my e4400 can go, but I realize it's not very necessary.

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post #4 of 10
I'd say leave the Asrock out of the case and try booting out of the case with it. If it boots, then you know your Biostar is dead. Then if you were to get another motherboard, I'd go with any of the Gigbyte P35 ones.
post #5 of 10
Check your LED's on your motherboard, there should be 2 or so LED's that tell you before boot if there's a problem, like if LED 1 is on and LED 2 is off you have a memory problem
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I once solved such a problem by taking the CPU out and putting it back in...
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Check your LED's on your motherboard, there should be 2 or so LED's that tell you before boot if there's a problem, like if LED 1 is on and LED 2 is off you have a memory problem
I remember there was a blue LED that was on, but seeing as I got the mobo used, I don't have a manual. I looked online and there is no manual on the Biostar website (***??)

Does anyone know what that means?
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You must've been unlucky lol, my motherboard was used too and it came with everything, the manual to the CD's and the cables, even the shield backplate thing
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You must've been unlucky lol, my motherboard was used too and it came with everything, the manual to the CD's and the cables, even the shield backplate thing
All I got were some IDE cables (don't need them), the backplate, and the motherboard.

The only thing different I got was a Gigabyte P35-DS3R box lolz

Since you are a owner of a Biostar, does that mean I have a memory problem? Should I ask to borrow some RAM from my workplace to test?
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I'm an idiot...one of the push pins on the Cooler Master Hyper TX was not fully in when I thought it was. Oops

Anyways, I can't seem to find the right drivers for my system! I can't go on the internet because of it! Grrr...

Help please?
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