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Motherboard going bad?

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November 10, 2012 10:05:32 PM

I have an Asus M3N78 Pro motherboard, and I believe it might be on its way out. Here's what's happened over the last month:

-RAM slot 4 (fourth farthest from the CPU) stopped working. I tried it with at least three different sticks of RAM with different capacities with no luck.

-One front usb slot also stopped working. All the connections are still there.

-RAM slot 3 stopped working. Same symptoms as slot four.

-Stopped recognizing a hard drive. I have two hard drives, and it stopped recognizing the one which held my operating system. The odd part is, this problem has cleared itself up.

-RAM slot 1 stopped working. (I think I just have bad luck with RAM!)

*CPU-ID still reads that all four slots are working and can sense the RAM in them! But Computer Properties only recognizes 2 of my 8 GB's of RAM!*

I was planning on upgrading my motherboard come Christmas time, but this just gives me more of a reason to do so. Do you guys have any suggestions?

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a c 81 V Motherboard
November 10, 2012 10:13:46 PM

Looks like a slowly dying board.
a c 554 V Motherboard
November 10, 2012 10:16:49 PM

What happens if you remove all old RAMs and install the ones you've tested the 4th slot?
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November 10, 2012 10:42:28 PM

Nothing. No matter which RAM sticks I use, only slot 2 works. I tested every piece of RAM in another computer, and they're all working just fine.

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a c 554 V Motherboard
November 10, 2012 10:48:14 PM

Then probably a new system is the alternative.
November 10, 2012 10:58:15 PM

Best answer selected by Zeph824.
a b V Motherboard
November 10, 2012 10:58:45 PM


test all your hardware to confirm its just your motherboard

chances are its a bunch of random faults
November 10, 2012 10:59:19 PM

I guess so. I just wish this board could last me another month. And if it did, I could've sold it (it cost a ton of money back when I bought it a few years ago!)
November 11, 2012 3:29:17 AM

It turns out the problem has magically cleared itself up. I'm not 100% trusting of it yet though.

After running memtest (unsuccesfully), hdtune, and prime95, I came up with these results:

-Absolutely no memory faults (weird, right?)

-Spin-up HDD problems detected by hdtune.

Prime95 actually crashed my computer twice.

I guess I might be able to make it until December with this thing!

Thanks for the suggestions Apache!