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Hp pavilion m7330n motherboard issue

My media center edition m7330n broke down about a month ago. the system wouldn't boot up (i got a disk error at startup). i paid a guy $400 to fix it. he told me i needed a new motherboard, which he installed and dropped off at my house. when i turned on the computer i had no sound, no microphone, the dvd drive wasn't there to burn dvd, my memory card reader wouldn't work...

after several sessions with this guy the computer still does not operate correctly. he told me that the problem is the new motherboard isn't compatible with the system. he said i would need to reinstall the operating system and all my programs. i could have bought a new computer for the cost and headache this has caused me. what went wrong? did he not put the correct motherboard in? my media center won't open, it crashes, my dvd drive won't burn, etc etc. it tells me that my video card is i\ncompatible also. He said he also installed a new power supply. now i am out $400 and still cannot use my computer...

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  • waltz123 Jul 24, 2008

    My wife's HP m7330n quit two days ago with the same "system won't boot" problem. Additionally, the display was "wavy". I tried a different monitor and the wavy problem persisted. The waviness was not uniform. It would slowly change over time.

    Back to the hard disk. Rebooting and attempting to (F10) a recover gets no further than the enabled boot screen. I can get to the BIOS. Reboot several times and the original hard disk is not usually listed. I tried rebooting with a Knoppix Linux disk in the DVD drive. The machine boots. Knoppix is designed to do just this. But the drive may or may not be seen. I have taken the drive, a 250 GB SATA, and added it to another machine and have that machine start up on it. This same drive as a secondary, I can get to the file system and have backed up all the interesting files. (Lucky us!)

    Summary: Wavy display. The drive is openable on another non-HP computer. Is it the motherboard? The HP parts web site no longer has in stock the motherboard. Any suggestions for other tests?

    Your help is much appreciated! Thanks!

  • Anonymous Oct 04, 2008

    wave in the screen display,rarely boots all the way up

    disabled on board video add a pci card now hard drive never boots new power supply

    new HD wont see it take out PCI card then HD boots new PCI video card

    more of the same

    now looking to reset bios on main board or upgrade

    good luck with your just a peice of full on ****

    any other sugestions

  • Raahee Jan 12, 2009

    So finally, is the cause or problem with the motherboard or something else? My computer started having the same problem a couple of days ago. Thanks,


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The system in question requires motherboard model ms-7184 and can be found on ebay for less than $100.  If your repair guy used a different motherboard you will get the issues described and need to reinstall the OS.  It is impracticle to put any more than $200 in most desktop computers more than 2 years old, your repair guy should have advised you of this straight off.  Find a new person to take your equipment.

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