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Need to test a mobo - how?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by daviddschool, May 2, 2010.

  1. daviddschool

    daviddschool Flightless Bird

    I had a power surge about 3 weeks ago - lost a drive, now making
    ticking noises. I had another two drive that seem to work
    sporadically now. So, I thought it might have been my power supply.
    Bought a tester and found out that all seems well. Next, I bought a
    new hard drive and found that it was also acting up - making noises
    like whirring up and down (like the other drives I thought were
    dead). So I am starting to wonder if it is my mobo - but how can I
    test this out?
    I am using a dual boot - Win XP and Win 7 - both drives work and don't
    work. Up and down. Right now my Win7 is working, but XP is not.
    Maybe both drives are on their last legs or maybe it is just the MOBO
    causing the issues - but now with a new drive, it is making the same
    noises, so that tells me that it is something other than the drives --
    I don't want to end up buying a new MOBO and find out it is something
    else again!
    Any suggestions?
    Also, all my info is backed, so I am ok with playing at this point,
    but I don't have another computer here to test this out on.
    IS there a MOBO software test for XP?
     
  2. Shaun

    Shaun Flightless Bird

    "daviddschool" <daviddschool@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:45ccc589-d286-46d6-aa5b-58e1533f1e3c@a21g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
    >I had a power surge about 3 weeks ago - lost a drive, now making
    > ticking noises. I had another two drive that seem to work
    > sporadically now. So, I thought it might have been my power supply.
    > Bought a tester and found out that all seems well. Next, I bought a
    > new hard drive and found that it was also acting up - making noises
    > like whirring up and down (like the other drives I thought were
    > dead). So I am starting to wonder if it is my mobo - but how can I
    > test this out?
    > I am using a dual boot - Win XP and Win 7 - both drives work and don't
    > work. Up and down. Right now my Win7 is working, but XP is not.
    > Maybe both drives are on their last legs or maybe it is just the MOBO
    > causing the issues - but now with a new drive, it is making the same
    > noises, so that tells me that it is something other than the drives --
    > I don't want to end up buying a new MOBO and find out it is something
    > else again!
    > Any suggestions?
    > Also, all my info is backed, so I am ok with playing at this point,
    > but I don't have another computer here to test this out on.
    > IS there a MOBO software test for XP?
    >


    If your hearing a ticking sound, it could just be a fan

    Shaun
     
  3. Big_Al

    Big_Al Flightless Bird

    daviddschool said this on 5/2/2010 7:03 PM:
    > I had a power surge about 3 weeks ago - lost a drive, now making
    > ticking noises. I had another two drive that seem to work
    > sporadically now. So, I thought it might have been my power supply.
    > Bought a tester and found out that all seems well. Next, I bought a
    > new hard drive and found that it was also acting up - making noises
    > like whirring up and down (like the other drives I thought were
    > dead). So I am starting to wonder if it is my mobo - but how can I
    > test this out?
    > I am using a dual boot - Win XP and Win 7 - both drives work and don't
    > work. Up and down. Right now my Win7 is working, but XP is not.
    > Maybe both drives are on their last legs or maybe it is just the MOBO
    > causing the issues - but now with a new drive, it is making the same
    > noises, so that tells me that it is something other than the drives --
    > I don't want to end up buying a new MOBO and find out it is something
    > else again!
    > Any suggestions?
    > Also, all my info is backed, so I am ok with playing at this point,
    > but I don't have another computer here to test this out on.
    > IS there a MOBO software test for XP?


    You could change cables. Its MOBO, PS, Cables, or Drive. If you
    could put them in another machine to run diags on them maybe, or get an
    USB enclosure to test with.
     

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