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Motherboard now replaced

Hi Mike, thanks for your previous assistance. I have now put a new motherboard, fan and heat sink in, together with a new PSU with a case fan, (to be on the safe side). However, I am still getting nothing on screen. The CPU is a AMD Athlon XP 2500+. When I felt the heat sink with the PC running it was barely luke warm, (I believe it should be pretty hot!), so I disconnected the fan to try and force the COP to be activated - nothing except a slight humming from the power on button. When I took the CPU out originally I noticed that there was a scorch mark underneath, (is this normal?). Anway I have ordered a refurbed CPU of the same spec to see where we go from here. I have set the FSB on the mobo to the correct setting (333 mhz). I have re-checked all of the wiring and it is as per the board diagram. The board was installed with an anti-static wrist strap so I know it should be OK. I have two memory sticks and have tried them independantly on the basis that both would have failed at the same time. The VGA card has not been instald yet as I wanted to try the on-board graphics first. I have also re-set the CMOS after removing the power lead and PnP items. Thanks once again.

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  • Eagleboy Apr 05, 2008

    Thanks Mike, I have now installed the new CPU and..... SUCCESS! The hard drive wouldn't boot so I put the new hard drive in and re-installed XP. However, it would only recognise 128GB of the 160GB available. After installing SP2 and Partition It I was able to merge the unallocated partition. Thanks for all your advice it was much appreciated.

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Hi Eagleboy, the odds of two boards having the same problem are something way out there. The only constant is your case, memory & hard drive.
To answer your first question about the CPU being luke warm is (very good)! That is what it should be. Please plug the fan back in. (You said -" When I took the CPU out originally I noticed that there was a scorch mark underneath, (is this normal?)". Yes & No. Every CPU should have either thermal grease or a thermal sticker which helps pull the heat from the processor to the heatsink. Over time if the processor was running hot the thermal sticker most likely withered away which left a scorch mark on the heatsink. A thermal sticker (which is much less messy), is not as good as thermal grease. (My opinion).
Since this is a new board, now would be the perfect time to download the hard drive's utility tools. Find the name of your hard drive & S/N, go to the Mfg's web site & download their setup tools. If you have two hard drives unplug the data cable for the second drive. Create a bootable floppy disk or bootable CD & run the Mfg's diagnoses on the drive. Think back, you mentioned you had formatted your hard drive & the system ran fine. (For awhile).
This seems to be the single connection between the two boards.

It's always suggested to do a fresh install of windows when a new motherboard is installed. So check your hard drive Eagleboy, check it twice & setup once.
Below is the link for your new board. Bookmark it.
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=K7S41GX

Good Luck! Check that drive.
Have more questions, feel free to ask.
Mike

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