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Windows 7: motherboard revival? suitable for Win 7?


19 Mar 2012   #1

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motherboard revival? suitable for Win 7?

Hi,

Wondering if anyone could please help me?

I have a desktop computer which I upgraded 2 years ago to an Asus AMD motherboard with 2.6ghz processor and 1gb ram. I didnt take down the model number.
Anyway, long story short, I had it set up running xp for the kids. It never went online, it was basically for school work and games (sims).
It stopped working after a couple of months. The kids told me the screen went funny and then it switched itself off. I didn't bother trying to fix it and put it aside.

On the weekend I dragged it out again to see if I could fix it as I am setting up a home network and thinking about possibly using this computer as the main computer with the printer attached.
I started it up but it kept restarting. I started up in safe mode and it restarted. This continued to happen. I wasn't to fussed about anything that was on the computer so I decided to format it and reload xp. I decided on the full format and this seemed to be going ok until it got towards the end, it said the disk may be damaged. I tried again, this time a quick format, this seemed to work fine, and it started to copy the files across. Then I noticed it start to drop files/not copy them over correctly and I had to keep retrying a lot of files to get it across until in the end it came up with blue screen error. I didnt take note of the errors, but it had different errors occuring each time.
I pulled the hdd out of my other desktop pc and gave that a try in safe mode. It loaded up, but I noticed the display fuzzy and as I was trying to adjust it, the computer restarted. I realised this could not be a hdd error and removed that hdd from the computer to ensure no damage to that hdd. I reinstalled the original hdd back into the computer, I checked everything was connected correctly, and reseated the ram. I defaulted the bios. The problem remains.

I read another forum suggesting a new cmos battery and reseating the ram would fix the error and it did in that particular case, but my clock settings are still current and dont need adjusting.

Can this motherboard be revived and do you think it might be a suitable candidate for Windows 7?

Any help is appreciated as my supplier of this product is no longer available.

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19 Mar 2012   #2

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Hi Gemini,

I certainly think the motherboard might be a candidate for Windows 7 as its not that old, but 1GB RAM is the bare minimum - in practice the PC will struggle to run Windows 7 with 1GB:

Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows

The issues certainly sounds hardware related, but you seem to have done all the obvious checks. Thus, I recommend running MemTest86+ for 5/6 passes to test the RAM chip/s and RAM slot/slots on the motherboard. This tutorial will help you download MemTest86+ and guide you in running it:

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Post back with your findings.

Regards,
Golden
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19 Mar 2012   #3

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Thanks for your help Golden.
I ran the test, well, its still running, unfortunately for me though it is coming up with a lot of errors. At the top of the screen it is saying pass was something like 58% last I checked, but the bottom part of the screen is scrolling in red and last check it had about 2500 errors... It was up to about the 9th test.
IS this the screen of death? Or does this mean the machine needs new RAM to operate? Or should I let it go and see what the end result is for any further indication? I noticed the instructions said it could go overnight !?
It has two slots but only one stick of 1gb...
Thanks again, without this I was completely stuck...
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19 Mar 2012   #4

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Another quick update, its been running for 40 mins now and we have top portion of the screen says it has reached 100% pass which confuses me. It appears to be running through the various tests again ie tests 1-9, I'm assuming there are different tests involved though.
Bottom portion of the screen is still scolling in red and we have about 45,000 errors and only 1 pass
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19 Mar 2012   #5

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Hi,

Yes, it does several different check. From the sounds of it, its either:

1. Faulty RAM chip;
2. Faulty RAM slots

It could also be both. If you have a spare compatible RAM chip, you could use that, re-run the tests and see if the slots are good. If they, its simply a case of buying new RAM chips.

Regards,
Golden
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19 Mar 2012   #6

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I changed the RAM into slot 2 but it had the same problem.
Just changed the RAM over with RAM from a working machine and the test sems to be running smoothly, there is certainly no scrolling through errors in red at the bottom... will update again!
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19 Mar 2012   #7

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Just quickly...
Golden, I noticed you are in the same state as me... although on the other end of town, is there some place you could recommend in the northern area? I had an IT guy here last night although he couldn't really offer any ideas or solutions and recommended building me a new machine.
Also, the working machine I have just ventured into also has just the one RAM stick, but if you look closer onto the stickers it says kit of 2, The IT guy who was here last night said it means that its meant to have 2 sticks of RAM and that it would make the system unstable by not having the other stick.
Both of these computers were built by the same guy.
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19 Mar 2012   #8

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Having just one stick of a matched pair of RAM won't make it more unstable than if you had both sticks. I've got two sticks of 4GB each in my machine, but if I took one of them out it would still run fine. Like Golden said, the amount you're using is just low for 7 in general.

By the way, I had what appeared to be a dying motherboard in my laptop and I baked it in the oven for 10 minutes and now it's working great. Had always read that you might be successful doing that. It was an old laptop and I said - ah, what the heck, I'll try it.
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19 Mar 2012   #9

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The RAM which is in the machine now is testing fine.
Although it has only had one pass, it has a note at the bottom (where it was scrolling in red before) stating that it tests fine and no errors were found.

I need to find some RAM for an Asus motherboard M2N68-AM - 2.6ghz AMD processor. The old RAM is DDR2-800.
I guess this means I can look at getting RAM more suitable for Windows 7.

Colonel Travis, I had a giggle about baking the laptop, maybe I should get more details from you and do it to my old laptop, it seems to be sooooooo slowww. I have to change the antivirus program to norton, avg is extremely resource hungry, when it updates I can't do a dam thing. Thanks for your input re the RAM too
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19 Mar 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gemini2010 View Post
Just quickly...
Golden, I noticed you are in the same state as me... although on the other end of town, is there some place you could recommend in the northern area? I had an IT guy here last night although he couldn't really offer any ideas or solutions and recommended building me a new machine.
Hi,

There is only one place I would recommend to virtually fix PC problems, and that is here : SevenForums has without a doubt the biggest collection of the most experienced people in one place. I recommend exploring suggestions here first before looking at purchasing hardware.

Run MemTest86+ for a minimum of 5/6 passes or until it fails.

I'll also ask dave76 (our resident RAM expert) to have a look at this for you.

Regards,
Golden
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