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Old August 8, 2010, 01:10 PM
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my brother knocked his tower over yesterday and it landed on its head. I did some troubleshooting and I am fairly certain the motherboard is toast. The computer would power on alright but monitor will not receive any signal.

troubleshooting entailed:
-full disassemble/reassembly to check for loose parts
-trying both pci-e slots with 2 different video cards
-trying a different monitor

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mobo: asus M2N-sli deluxe
cpu: amd AM2 athlon x2 (cannot recall specific model)
gpu: bfg 8800gts (also tried a freshly RMA'd 9800gtx+)
ram: 2x2gb ocz sli-ready pc2-6400 ram
psu: antec tru power trio 650w
HD: WD black 320 gb

any suggestions for further troubleshooting? or am I correct in my diagnosis...

If so, what motherboard would you suggest as a replacement? I was thinking about picking up an AM3/AM2+/AM2 capable motherboard that takes DDR2 ram so I can use existing parts and also upgrade the cpu down the road. Thoughts?

EDIT: would this motherboard be suitable?
Newegg.ca - ASUS M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

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Old August 8, 2010, 01:35 PM
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if you also tried another psu?

hmm


go giga, 770 or 780/85 will treat you really good.

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hell you could go for the el cheapo 6100 chipsetted foxconn at 40 buckers

dont think of oc'ing tough. so if its just somethign to tie him over for a bit, that might do the trick

for that price?


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what i see on the pcb looks good. for that price.
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Old August 8, 2010, 02:34 PM
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you dont think i should get a am3/am2+/am2 board?
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if its to tie him over get whatever works.

if he needs 'future proof', then 785g from giga or so because itll take a hexa core.

altough id rather put a hexa in an 870a boardie :)
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did you check the hard drive, tried booting without it plugged in?
id think the drive would be most sensitive to a fall like this
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my brother knocked his tower over yesterday and it landed on its head. I did some troubleshooting and I am fairly certain the motherboard is toast. The computer would power on alright but monitor will not receive any signal.
Was on vacation at the in-laws recently and her PC was doing the same thing. Replaced the power supply and all good.
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Was on vacation at the in-laws recently and her PC was doing the same thing. Replaced the power supply and all good.
Will try a different power supply, thanks

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did you check the hard drive, tried booting without it plugged in?
id think the drive would be most sensitive to a fall like this
Possibly...but if it were the hard drive, the monitor should still be able to receive signal, and I should at least be able to get bios, no?
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in some cases a bad drive will prevent you to go over the initial bios screen, and probably in rare cases it might short the mobo out. very hard, but i guess plausible.
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Was there any problems whatsoever before the fall?
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Was there any problems whatsoever before the fall?
negative. the rig had been running stable for quite some time.

the pci-e connector that the gpu was attached to during the fall is damaged I think (gpu doesn't sit well in it, clip no longer clips). but as I mentioned earlier using the 2nd pci-e slot doesn't help.

I also tried another psu and that didn't help either.
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