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Need help choosing a new motherboard (Solved)


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:thumbsup:

Download your MB user manual to peruse, > http://www.asrock.co... FX/?cat=Manual

Good luck. 


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How is the rebuild going anarxaki?   Any problems?


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How is the rebuild going anarxaki?   Any problems?

 

Hey iammykyl!
There was a delay in the delivery, I got the MB yesterday. I'm all ready to start, so I hope to have news till tomorrow. :yes:


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Thanks anarxaki, look forward to good news.


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So I'm back...
I did all the rebuilding following your instructions and the MB manual but as soon as I got to the "power it up" nothing happened. The fans are turning but there is no beeping sound. I removed the RAM sticks to be sure that it is able to make a sound and I heard 3 faint beeps. I rechecked all connections and cables, tried with just the DVDrom or the HDD,changed the HDD but still nothing, No POST. I'm not 100% sure that there is no short beep "all OK" since the sound is too faint, so I'll buy a speaker tomorrow.

 

I'm afraid it's the CPU. What do you think?

 

 

EDIT to update
It was the RAMs after all. I put the one 2GB Kingston and it booted. I'm off to install WIndows.


Edited by anarxaki, 26 April 2015 - 10:00 AM.

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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.  

With just the 2GB, it will run a bit sluggish, try to limit the amount of apllications you have open at the same time.  


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 try to limit the amount of apllications you have open at the same time.  

Like not play Solitaire while Windows Update is running? Yeah, can't even do that. It's so slow that it's actually funny :yeah:

 

I installed and updated Windows, installed and updated AV and my browser. What's next oh mighty savior of my computer?


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Great news, well done.

Next will be to put the DVD from the MB box into the optical drive, restart the computer and boot from CD.

Follow the prompts to install all the recommended drivers.

If the installer has a advance option for installing the utilities, click on it and take a look.

If possible, try not to install any third party items, like trial software, browser toolbars or helpers. you don't need them and they can hinder performance. 

once finished, test the computer for a day, resist the temptation to add more software.   Let us know how it performs. there are just a couple of more things to do, 

Creating Recovery media and a drive image. 


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Already done that :D

The MB's CD is not bootable, or to be more precise, it only gave me some options about RAID. Anyway, I installed all the suggested drivers except the "application charger" and as about the Utilities, the only one that drew my attention was an "Xfast RAM". It says that it boosts 32-bit OS, I'm running 64-bit Windows 7, but I'll give it a try hoping that it can do something about Firefox x86 that is shooting my RAM usage to 75% as soon as it loads.

 

By the time I go to bed it will be 24 hours of running, so I'll leave one more message letting you know.


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Then just a couple more steps.

Crate system recovery media, CD and USB

http://www.intowindo...pair-usb-drive/

Instigate a backup method, > http://www.newegg.co...129-021:$$$$$$$


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Then just a couple more steps.

Crate system recovery media, CD and USB > http://www.newegg.co...129-021:$$$$$$$

Instigate a backup method, > http://www.newegg.co...129-021:$$$$$$$

I think the link is not correct.
But I've created recovery CD through Windows' Back Up and Restore. There is a better method?

Computer is still running with no problems except the low RAM. The ASrock "XFast RAM" seems to be a bit helpful as long as I don't use Flashplayer on Facebook.


Edited by anarxaki, 28 April 2015 - 10:07 AM.

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Sorry, picked up the wrong link, as you have already done it, this just for interest, not better, a different approach. > http://www.intowindo...pair-usb-drive/

 

Your system is going to be slow and may freeze up at times until you can afford more RAM, EDIT,  link removed


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Oh... I was still hoping that there could be a way to use 3GB of RAM...
No, I can't cope with only 2GB. I'm impatient and always multitasking. But I also believe that 8GB is too much for my needs. For the last 4 years that I had the 1+1+2GB combo, I never went over 45% of memory usage, even with multitasking and keeping the computer running for more than 15 days in the row.

 

http://www.skroutz.g...-2-modules.html
The whole first page is affordable. This site is only a "low price search engine", I haven't yet checked if the linked products are actually what they say (I got a false result when I was looking for the motherboard) but I have a lot of options as you can see.

The thing is that the MB manual says that "AM2 and AM2+ CPUs can support only DDR2 memory" and I'm using AM2 CPU > http://products.amd....tail.aspx?id=46

 

If I change my search for DDR2, I can only afford the first three > http://www.skroutz.g...-2-modules.html
And I start feeling that I'm spending money for something "useless".


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Thanks for pointing this out, as I missed it, 

DDR3 memory module is only supported by installing AM3/AM3+ CPU. DDR2 memory module is only supported by installing AM2/ AM2+/AM3 CPU.

So DDR2 is the only option.

 

The OCR RAM failed to Boot, weather because of a fault, or the MB does not like it, or difference in voltage requirement to the Kingston, I don't know.  I would be reluctant to risk mixing the two types.

First, cheap option, is on the link, I can't translate to English, let me know your thoughts.   It is an exact match to your installed RAM.

>  http://www.emarket.g...hyperx-blu-ddr2


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Well, I thought too that my cheapest option was to add an identical to the existing RAM, but when I searched for it, all results came back "Out of stock, not sure if we'll restock". I don't know how you managed to find this site, I've never heard of it. It's supposed to be an auction site, the product is used with no guarantee and the seller had only 2 feedbacks. To cut a long story short, it's a risk I don't find wise to take. Right?
But I tried my luck on eBay and found this > http://www.ebay.com/itm/251936680560

I already ordered it, it'll be delivered next week. Let's hope that everything will turn out as expected. At least I have Paypal and eBay money back guarantee. :D


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