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Old 11-10-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
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Question Motherboard died! Need New one! Suggestions PLEASE!!!

Recently one of my friends gave me a computer with dead motherboard, GeekSquad estimated $400 to fix the computer and suggested to buy new one instead. He were going to throw it away so i took it.
Computer name: Hp Pavilion p6310y AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad-core processor 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HD, 64BIT WINDOWS 7.


What happened is motherboard died and I called Frys Electronics to buy a similar mother board beacause the exact same motherboard that died costs around $250(m2n78-la violet). The Specialist suggested me (MSI 880GM-e43) something similar with the specs I have provided so I went to Frys Electronics bought for $85 which is 3times cheaper. (so i thought its too good to be true that it will work exactly same) but anyways I gave it a try. I installed the new motherboard powered on and went to bios fixed some configs. the installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 OS. """I dont know why but it started installing copy of a Windows 7 very slow it took about 3 hours to install a copy of a Windows 7""" after it got installed I booted it up and computer seems to respond very slow on every application I open.

It seems like there is something that is not enough for a computer to go faster. is it problem with a hard driver or something else. Please help! I have 2 days left to return the motherboard I bought at the Frys Electronics.

What I am looking for is motherboard very similar to this "m2n78-la violet" and every part that i will put in will work.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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Default Re: Motherboard died! Need New one! Suggestions PLEASE!!!

There's no reason why the system would NEED the original board to work. What you have going on here is more than just a motherboard failure.

Be sure you give the RAM a complete test run with Memtest x86 (I run it from Download Hiren , burn to CD/UFD then run it and choose the memtest option) - let it cycle at least twice to ensure that you find any problems immediately apparent with the RAM. Letting it run overnight is not a bad idea either.

You also need to investigate things like heatsink / thermal interface, since you had to rebuild the system, did you use an adequate amount of the compound to re-attach the heatsink to the CPU? Sometimes if they run too hot, they can slow down (even the AMD chips)

Also, using the same Hirens boot CD I linked, run the hard drive test gwscan from the hard drive tools menu. Do a full scan on the drive and see if it picks up any errors.

Something tells me that one of those two tests will find something wrong, but if it doesn't, let us know.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:54 PM   #3
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reapplying the thermal paste fixed the problem, thank you very much!
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