My puter had a sudden accident- went black and dead, I presume either Mobo or CPU burned out
Intel ’05 06788 Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz/ 8M / 1.866 / 05A
Intel DX38BT Motherboard LGA 775
Chipset Intel® X38 Express Chipset
I sent the Mobo to Intel on warranty, they inform me that they dont cover "shipping damage"
the Mobo was packed in bubble wrap+ styrofoam beans,apparently accepted by them without complaint
SO I believe they are just weaseling out of the warranty, as either the MOBO or the CPU is defective
TO the point: replacement Mobos go for ~225$+ S&H
If I buy a new one I still might find out that indeed the CPU burned out, not the Mobo
Question1: should I toss the combo and get a new MOBO /CPU combination? like I5 generation
Question 2: how to fix the above problem intelligently at lowest cost
USA? Newegg has an open box DFI x38 board for $87 plus shipping (assuming you are using ddr3). I use frys in store only combo specials. They have one Intel combo for $29.99 after rebate which will work with your old cpu, but it uses ddr2.
If you get an open box biostar or DFI board, they may send you a backplate for free. Just email them and tell them your board didn't come with one. Sometimes they don't even charge a shipping fee. Most newegg open box boards come with no accessories. Newegg also has some cheaper ddr3 Intel boards. Just use the advanced search feature and select "ddr3 1066".
I spent days researching what makes sense today,from updating to "new" i7 920 to resurrecting.I concluded that resurrecting is far more economical, given all the peripheral costs.I bought a used ASUS P5E3 board on Ebay. Lets hope it works