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Testing used components

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Speedracer 64

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I bought a bunch of used components off of Craigslist today. They were in a group of stuff this guy was selling. I've already sold the Xbox and nearly paid for everything. There were also a couple of motherboards, processors, hard drives, and video cards. Is there any way to test these other than just installing them in a computer?

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Bench testing is the preferred method but you will need a cpu, fan, memory and maybe a video card to do it. Keyboard, mouse and monitor also will be needed. The instructions are below.

Place the motherboard on a piece of card board larger than the motherboard,

this will eliminate a short from the mobo to the case which could be a possibility

Install the cpu with, 1 stick ram in dimm 1, power supply, case switch and case speaker
Connect ps2 mouse and keyboard along with the monitor
Repeat the above and power on
If the computer now boots into bios you most likely had a case short so make sure when installing the motherboard in the case that you use standoffs,
and they line up with the mounting holes in the motherboard and none of the standoffs touch anything else on the underside of the board.

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