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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mof, May 12, 2008.

  1. Mof

    Mof Megabyte Poster

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    Morning everyone went to start pc (Shuttle X)
    only got as far as telling me what main processor i have and went no further frozen at that point, Im thinking its proberley that the motherboard has failed, just wondered what you thoughts were before i change the motherboard.
    cheers Martin
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    The usual rule is to take out any extra cards (although there isn't much room in a Shuttle for cards!) and disconnect all the drives. Then reboot and see if it will get as far as the BIOS screen.

    This can eliminate such things as a failed hard drive locking the bus.

    Harry.
     
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  3. Mof

    Mof Megabyte Poster

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    Cheers Harry will do what you have sugested and see what happens.
    Thanks Martin
     
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  4. Mof

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    Hi Harry no cards were installed as you say there is'nt much room in there anyway
    disconnected the drives have rebooted and can now get into the bios screen
    now what or does that confirm motherboard failer
     
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Reconnect the devices one by one until it doesn't work!

    That will tell you what part has failed. If it is the main hard drive then find another blank one and see if that gets all the way through POST.

    Sometimes the action of unplugging and replugging devices is all that is needed.

    Harry.
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    what Harry said.

    I had an issue last year, where I was getting random reboots and graphical errors when playing games. I was quite convinced as were a few people on here that it was my graphics card (either the drivers or card itself) or cooling after putting in a new card and extra fans I was still getting the same thing.

    Next I moved on to the PSU and tested it with a multimeter and I had a big drop on one of the 12v rails, so I replaced the PSU and never had an issue since.

    Testing one device at a time is a good thing to do. :)
     
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  7. Mof

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    Ok will do there is only three floppy and cd ond hard drive so should'nt take long
    I think your turning me into a geek quite enjoying this talk soon Martin
     
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  8. Mof

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    Hello Harry told you it wouldnt take long, good job i didnt go ahead with the motherboard idear
    re-connected one at a time as you sugested, must have been a loose connection because its booted up fine. I thank you and so does our financial director.
    Cheers going to have a look at the just for laughs topic now.
     
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  9. Mof

    Mof Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the input
     
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  10. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Glad it is going now!

    If it was the financial director could he make a small donation? :p

    Just joking...

    Regards,
    Harry.
     
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  11. Mof

    Mof Megabyte Poster

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    With Financial director donation is a swear word Blood out of stone comes to mind
    but if you want a digital file printed its the least we can do, I know your not really after anything but you have got us out of a sticky situation,so the offer sticks cheers Martin
     
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  12. hbroomhall

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    Just like ours then... :biggrin
    Thanks - but as you say the suggestion was made as a joke!

    Harry.
     
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  13. Mof

    Mof Megabyte Poster

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    Your A decent fellow Harry and you live in my neck of the woods, bet the motherboard blows up tomorrow lol
    till the next time cheers
     
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