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Motherboard I was told that my motherboard was destroyed is it possible to retrieved the data on the computer?

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Yes, the data is on the hard drive. You can retrieve it by putting it in another pc as a slave drive or you can purchase an external hard drive case and retrieve it that way.

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I need to know how i can get my motherboard replaced for my MSI A6200-021

$280 bucks.

Do you just wish to retrieve the data (Information), off of the Harddrive?
The harddrive is a 2.5 SATA unit.

2-1/2 inches across in Width.
SATA is the type.

Use an economical external enclosure, install the harddrive into it, and plug the external enclosure's USB cable, into any working computer's open USB port.

Just one example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

If replacing the motherboard I suggest taking it to a 'Mom and Pop' computer store. REAL tech's. Word of mouth sells their business, so you know they're going to be good.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Aug 11, 2012 | MSI Computers & Internet

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How to retrieve a file ? (shift delete)

If your motherboard or computer has crashed and you need to retrieve data you can remove the hard drive and hook it up to a portable USB hard drive adapter. Available most computer stores. Set the hard drive to Primary if it is ATA. Hook it up to the hard drive and plug the USB into a working computer. Open "MY Computer" and you will see the new drive on the list. You can now access the files on the drive just they were on a floppy or CD.

Mar 01, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have no local c drive how can i reinstall

* the existing disk-drive is not connected (power, data) to the motherboard;
* the existing disk-drive is "dead";
* there is no disk-drive at all inside the case;
* the motherboard has been told to "ignore" the device.

So, either:
* connect (power, data) the disk-drive to the motherboard;
* remove the existing "dead" drive, and install a new one;
* buy a new disk-drive, and install it;
* enter the motherboard's "BIOS SETUP" mode,
and use the "auto-detect disk drive" tool to "add" the drive.

Oct 15, 2010 | Dell Computer Refurbished DUAL PROCESSOR...

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What IC contains the contact list? Will not power up for retrieval after transplant to new case. Can contact list be retrieved?

The contact list is in your hard disk, not on a particular IC on the motherboard.
You can retrieve it by trasfering the harddrive to another computer or placing it in a USB external HDD box.
The contact list's file depends on the email program you are using to read and send emails. In case you are using Outlook Express, the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<YOUR_USER_NAME_HERE>\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
contains the file.
Anyway, you check the wires from the power supply to the motherboard. You're missing some cable connection and that's why your computer cannot start. Check the long power connector with many colored wires, check the additional power "ATX" connector with 2 yellow and 2 black wires, check the thin 2-wire cable from the Power button to the appropriate pins on the motherboard. Also your power supply may be faulty and you can try to replace it with your old one from the old case.

Aug 21, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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My Dell desktop motherboard doesn't work. Is it possible to transfer information to my new desktop-also a Dell ? Is there a creature called a motherboard dock?


Yes it is possible to transfer all your data and information to your new desktop computer. Just get the hard disk drive out from your old computer and then plug it to your computer.

And with the motherboard dock you mention, a system casing is probably the best to dock your motherboard.

Thank you for reaching us.

Have a nice day!

May 31, 2010 | Dell (E210882) Motherboard

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Computer unable to proceed to open Windows during startup due to abrupt power shut-off. The memory, CMOS battery and power supply unit has no problem when tested to a separate computer. There definitely...


Depending on the nature of the "abrupt power shut-off" you mention above, your motherboard ma have suffered a power surge. Not necessarily enough to completely fry the board but perhaps just enough to scramble or destroy some of the chipset on the motherboard. The only way that gaming on your system could cause such a problem is if your system has an inadequately cooling system and you are hard core gaming for extended periods of time generating excessive heat from your graphics adapter.

Sounds like you might need a new motherboard.

Mar 19, 2010 | ASUS P4S533-MX Motherboard

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My compaq computer lost all power after I replaced dvd hardware. I'm told by knowledgeble people that this is most likely a motherboard problem and that it can be difficult to replace them in this brand....

One thing to check is, you knwo the power cable that goes into the dvd player, this some times can go in upside down. if it has its blown your board , but there is a chance it hasnt make sure its the right way, and try again.

Dec 02, 2009 | Compaq (283983-001) Motherboard

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Hi, we bought computer 18 month ago, it stopped working and we were told that there was problem with motherboard. Is that ok with such a new computer with very low usage?

Well nothing can really be said, but yes its possible. The Motherboard could be poorly made, even with limited usage or just 1 usage it could break.

You have 2 choices.

Find a tech who can give you an estimate to fix it; or buy the exact model motherboard and install it yourself.

Buy a new computer.

Sep 10, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Board I was told is dead how or where can one go to get it tested

You can get a new motherboard and use your old hard drives. If you are a novice computer builder I suggest you have a shop do it.

The BIOS is software used by your motherboard only, and not related to your problem at all.

Depending on how much the shop charges it may be cheaper to buy a new computer and put your existing hard drives in the new computer. The programs will have to be reinstalled, which may be impossible if you don't have the discs anymore. The data is safe on the hard drives until you can bypass that problem.

Apr 25, 2009 | ASUS P4S800 Motherboard

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