I have an a8ne based system, that has been serving me well for three years. Lately, I've been having boot up problems. (The system runs fine once booted.) I've changed power supplies, re-seated all memory (including the flash) but to no avail. I suspect a motherboard problem.
If I buy an a8ne and swap it in, will I have any problems when I turn it on, or would it just boot up normally with Windows being none the wiser? I am running WinXpProsr2.
Alternatively, can I buy the latest and greatest Asus MB with Nvidia chipset, swap it in, and be able to run with little grief. Clearly, Windows would recognize the change in hardware, but I wonder to what extend it would complain and ask questions.
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Re: replacing an a8ne with another
Windows is likely to realise that its a new Motherboard wheter you replace it with an identical unit or not as each motherboard has certain unique identifiers that Windows looks for (Not all of which are known exactly)
My advice would be to get yourself the better of your available choices of motherboards within your price range, as this would likely give you a longer lifetime for your new hardware and upgradability. Then try to reinstall Windows XP with your current key code. IF windows has a problem with the code it will give you an option to register by telephone, when you do this try to get through to a live operator at Microsoft explain to them that your old Motherboard died and you replaced it. They will then likely give you the code to activate Win XP with your new MoBo.
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Hi LostInKorea, If you have been running a Windows base operating system for seven years without formatting and reinstalling Windows, consider yourself lucky that the problems listed are all that are plaguing you. I would suggest backing up your important files as soon as possible, then re partition and format your hard drive and do a clean fresh install of the operating system of your choice. Doing so should correct any file corruptions and have your Presario running as good as when it was new again with a little luck. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes? Good luck, TampaNative
Removing battery or resetting BIOS with jumper will not help.
You should call IBM for support on
this issue. All thinkpads have a three year warranty, with either
return to base or on-site service. Since the R50e is a recent model, you should have no problem getting it serviced directly by IBM. Toll Free: 1-800-IBM-SERV (1-800-426-7378)
This is possibly a bad hard drive. If you know the manufacturer of your hard drive you can download diagnostic tools from their site, burn to cd and run diagnostics to check the drive for errors or failure.
Just because BIOS is recognizing the RAM doesn't necessarily mean it is usable. Also, ASUS recommends that you have the same amount of RAM in each bank. Another point they make is that your motherboard does not support double-sided DIMM chips.
I would refer to the manual for their specific instructions on proper RAM configuration:
If you are concerned that the memory stick might be bad, swap it out with one of your older ones, and see if your system boots and performs as it should. If not, then you know it is bad. My guess is that if you populate the memory slots with 4 gb, the system will recognize and make all of it available to you.
sounds like your system is not booting, that may be, obiusly you just have power but that's it...no boot routine. hope somebody else could help on "how to make sure your system can boot again, then the rest.
On this particular Gateway series of laptops, there is actually a bios "chip" you can replace entirely. It's sitting in a cradle right next to where the keyboard connects to the mobo (square black chip, one angled corner). It's very easy to pop out and replace, and is definitely something I would try.
You can do a search on eBay for "gateway bios chip" and you should have some luck.
Sounds like the power supply is overloaded. Is this a new configuration? Start removing components until it powers up. If it still doesn't power up, check to ensure you don't have a short in any of the connectors that you installed components into. Sometimes when a video card, memory DIMM, or whatever, gets installed, there is a chance that a connector pin will get crushed and short out to nearby pins. If none of those work, you might want to try a larger wattage power supply. Good luck.