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Strange behavior with pc, want to see if it is caused by motherboard.

About 2 days ago, I started getting random BSODs in windows 8. Thinking it was something wrong with the os, I install windows 7. At first all it is fine, but then it starts getting BSODs too. I couldn't read the error as it restarted too quickly. After doing this a few times, I restart it yet again. It then proceeds to not start up again. The fans would run for a second, and then stop, and every 7 or so seconds, it would retry. I then start troubleshooting. First I remove the graphics card to see if that may be the issue, but it still wouldn't start up. I then removed one stick of ram(2x4gb) and tried the other in each slot. I did this for both sticks, still nothing. I don't believe it is the power supply, since it still had the power to retry. I also don't think it is bad ram, since neither stick worked. I hope it isn't the processor because it is expensive. Isn't the only thing left the motherboard? I ordered a new one since I accidently bent some pins on the motherboard after the fact.
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    If you already bent some pins and ordered a new one, wait and see if the problem persists. No use troubleshooting with a dead MOBO anyway.
  2. Iron124 said:
    If you already bent some pins and ordered a new one, wait and see if the problem persists. No use troubleshooting with a dead MOBO anyway.

    I did some troubleshooting with the psu. When I did the paper clip test the psu fan started right up, so there is a large chance that isn't the problem.
  3. You never really know, PSU's fail slowly and sometimes they die instantly. Sometimes a single rail can go losing power to a single component but not the others (say a brownout to the motherboard, kinda) which can give you a BSOD. I will agree however that the most likely culprit is the MOBO. Hopefully it works fine when you install the new one.
  4. Iron124 said:
    You never really know, PSU's fail slowly and sometimes they die instantly. Sometimes a single rail can go losing power to a single component but not the others (say a brownout to the motherboard, kinda) which can give you a BSOD. I will agree however that the most likely culprit is the MOBO. Hopefully it works fine when you install the new one.


    According to UPS I should get the mobo tomorrow. I will post an update afterwards.
  5. At least in the short term, system is working again. Hopefully the BSOD issue was with the motherboard.
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