Troubleshooting on old PC and checking hardware compatibility

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Zoo York, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Zoo York

    Zoo York MDL Novice

    Jun 16, 2011
    Good evening MDL,

    I have 3 old pc that is currently not functioning that I would like to try and fix.
    I think that the motherboard is gone in 1 or 2 of them, but not sure if that's the case. So how do I find out what causing the problem?
    Neither of the pc is giving out a beep code and is just idling when powered on.

    Also I would like to try and fix the pc with spare parts from the other two pc's, so how do I found out if the parts are compatible with one and another?

    A guide or an explaintion on both question would be really appreaciated :)

    - Zoo York
  2. starams5

    starams5 MDL Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    #2 starams5, Jun 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
    If you have a MB speaker connected to the board and it doesn't beep, unless you have an incompatible or defective processor installed, it's probably dead. Remove all memory sticks and see if it beeps then. As for compatibility, find out as much as you can about the motherboard. Might be harder if it's an OEM board vs Retail, check the specs at the board/OEM manufactures website. Find out what the CPU specs are. Again, most OEM manufactures give a vague description, information about the stepping and required bios revision are often missing. Not sure about AMD but Intel has a Spec code stamped into the top of the processor. Google or go to the Intel site to check compatibility.

    Sinking money into old boards under most circumstance are a waste, but one or more of the boards (hard to say) could have a corrupt bios as well. If the bios isn't soldered to the board, they are usually replaceable for a fee. Might want to remove the CMOS battery for a while (if it's not dead) and see if that does any good.
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  3. Outkast1

    Outkast1 MDL Junior Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Check the power supply to make sure its good.
  4. Zoo York

    Zoo York MDL Novice

    Jun 16, 2011
    Will be try those things and see if it works.

    This is the hard ware in them:

    Primary desktop:

    - Motherboard: Asus P4C800-E

    - Graphic Card: Asus N6600/TD

    - Ram: ADATA DDR400(3) 512*16 MDOAD6F3H41Y0BIE0H S/N 503TFI (ADBGC1916)

    - HDD: Barracuda 7200.7 160 Gbyte Model: ST3160021A

    Secoundary desktop:

    - Motherboard: ECS Elitegroup K755A

    - Graphic Card: Palitday Geforce 3 TI200

    - Ram:

    - HDD:

    Tertiary Desktop:

    - Motherboard: GA 72MMC

    - Graphic Card: Level One FNC-0109TX

    - Ram: Hyndai Korea 03 PC113U-333-542HYM7BV16635HTGT8H EAA

    - HDD:

    I need to find them online and check for the specs on the motherboard and the CPU to see if it matchs any of the other motherboards and CPUs?
  5. x86

    x86 MDL Addicted

    Jul 8, 2011
    I ll 2nd that.

    Also make sure the PSU is 'sufficient' for all the hardware you ve plugged on it. As a first step, work out a working motherboard i.e. just test PSU + mobo and see if you have an output on screen.

    After you have a working PSU / mobo, start connecting - 1 by 1 - all other components and see what's what.

    Things like graphics cards might or might not work on a particular mobo due to bus limitations i.e. AGP, PCI express. Ensure RAM modules clock speeds are supported by the mobo you install them. Also set any HDD jumpers back to the default.

    It's all about trial and error these stuff I m afraid ;)