From what I`ve been able to read here it appears that I may have a dead Motherboard. For a long time the computer just shut down after a period of usage. If I tried to restart immediately it wouldn`t restart but gave some unintelligible voice message. One time on hitting some F key I got a (voice) message about a heat problem. Now when I start it up it says "No floppy drive detected". Then I`m directed to hit any key to reboot. On hitting a key I get the message "No drive attached to FastTrak controller, The bios is not installed. FastTrak 376 (tm) BIOS Version 1.00.0.16 (c) 2002-2005 Promise Technology, Inc. All rights reserved" It then goes into an endless circle of "Hit any key to boot". I would like some advice as to how best to procede to correct this problem. "Best" might be translated as "cheaply" but maybe to upgrade also using my present computer components exclusive of the MB and CPU. In other words what should I purchase to replace those two items (and CPU cooler?) ?
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Re: Dead MB ??
Your computer overheated You Must 1) check power supply fan is clean 2) check CPU fan is clean 3) check the Heat Sink has all vanes etc clear of fluff and dust 4) check the Heat sink has a thin and I mean thin layer of heat sink paste on it 5) Vacuum out all dust from case
Do all the above and check if it starts Hopefully it will
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Did you check the power supply on another system to make sure it is operational. have you reseated all the connections to the MB..
Does it post any info ? are there any Beep codes?.. Or just sit dead . If it is sitting dead all I can think is that it might be a Power-supply problem but if it powers up or beeps or gives a green light or amber light on the MB then it is some other problem
It could be any number of things. Yes, it could be motherboard but it could be any piece of hardware connected to it. Detach everything except CPU, memory, cpu fan, and video (if it doesn't have onboard video). And reboot. If it does the same thing then we've narrowed it down. If it gets past the screen and says can't find bootable device (or something simillar), then start adding on one device at a time until you find the culprit that locks it up at the splash screen. Experience tells me possibly CD drive or hard drive. Good luck!
You can try to save the motherboard w/ a floppy, and if that doesn't work, go to gigabyte's website and request for an RMA. I made the same mistake in trying to update the BIOS through @BIOS after it updated, it assked for me to restart the pc, and when i did, the was nothing. All i heard were the fans. Nothing on the screen, and it obviously wasn't posting. So go to Gigabyte so you can get another one, and tell them there's a flaw w/ the application @BIOS. If by any chance you update the BIOS, try it w/ a flash drive under DOS. Good luck.
The problem with power surges, or low power (brownouts) causing excessive current draw can cause multiple problems to motherboards. Even if you were to pinpoint and repair one problem that appeared to fix the fault, several other components on the board may have been weakened, and prone to fail.
If you are certain that the power supply is 100% ok, then replace the MB.