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I just hosed the Stooodio PC whilst trying to install a new CPU, upgrading from XP2400+ to XP3200+, the most my motherboard (AsRock K7S8XE) can take. As I was tightening the heatsink (Zalman CNPS7700-ALCU) there was a sharp 'crack' noise; not particularly loud. On startup the screen remains blank - no POST beep, no video BIOS, nothing. I think it's probably the motherboard because I tried putting the old CPU back in (in case I'd cracked the die of the new one) but had exactly the same startup nothingness. I've tried reseating the PCI cards and clearing the BIOS but to no avail.

Anyone care to argue with my diagnosis?

...please?
 

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Don't know if I can be arsed with an auction right now... I might go for the + version as that gives me SATA and better overclocking facilities :Grin:

This is such a bastard... I knew I should have waited until we'd finished the album but the CPU was just sitting there, grinning at me, and how hard can it be? I built the bloody thing in the first place...
 

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That's why I have a PC Bitch.

So I don't have that double whammy effect of having a fucked PC, and knowing I fucked it up myself.

Really hope you get it sorted. Positive hippy vibes and all that 3;~
 

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Thing is, I'm so many people's PC Bitch myself that I got a bit cocky and thought I knew what I was doing.

That'll larn me...
 

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Thanks Jase but my XP3200+ needs 400FSB and I have 1GB PC3200 RAM already... that replacement doesn't quite cut the mustard!

Right, Socket A motherboard recommendations please... I need something fast, stable and highly configurable for the Stooodio. Can anyone beat this?
 

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Colin OOOD said:
Don't know if I can be arsed with an auction right now... I might go for the + version as that gives me SATA and better overclocking facilities :Grin:
True.. 'tis an opportunity for getting a better spec board... but - and I'm assuming you're running XP here - it sounds like you're not able to boot with this current board in order to prep it for swapping to possibly a new chipset, etc, by swapping to generic AGP and IDE drivers first. Life would be much simpler for you if you replaced like for like... especially with an album in progress.. last thing you wanna do is start arsing about for days.

Especially since you probably don't have SATA disks yet,,, and when I upgraded to a 3200+, I didn't immediately feel the need to overclock it. :Wink3:

But I'm probably preaching to someone who knows more than me, what with you being a PC bitch, so I'll shut up now....
 

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was going to suggest reset the bios, but I reread your first post and youv'e already tried it...

new MB it is then!
 

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Warwick Bassmonkey said:
True.. 'tis an opportunity for getting a better spec board... but - and I'm assuming you're running XP here - it sounds like you're not able to boot with this current board in order to prep it for swapping to possibly a new chipset, etc, by swapping to generic AGP and IDE drivers first. Life would be much simpler for you if you replaced like for like... especially with an album in progress.. last thing you wanna do is start arsing about for days.

Especially since you probably don't have SATA disks yet,,, and when I upgraded to a 3200+, I didn't immediately feel the need to overclock it. :Wink3:

But I'm probably preaching to someone who knows more than me, what with you being a PC bitch, so I'll shut up now....
Chris, you're absolutely right about replacing like for like... all I need is to get going as soon as is humanly possible with the least hassle I can, and I hadn't considered the implications of booting XP with a totally different motherboard. A proper PC bitch would have clocked this immediately; perhaps I'm unworthy of the title. I think "someone who occasionally helps out with computers owned by people who know less than he does", whilst unwieldy, is more accurate. :Smile3:

I've taken Jason's advice and have bid on an identical motherboard on eBay. By 8pm I should know whether or not I've won it...
 
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