Something you can do to pinpoint the problem is to do each of the following, one step at a time:
- Unplug everything from the motherboard except for the bare essentials: GPU, boot drive, kb/mouse, and a single stick of RAM (no 2nd HDD, no disc drive, no printer, etc.). This tests if one of your peripherals is mucking things up, and simplifies the later steps.
- Clone your Windows install to another HDD, to see if that's what's failing.
- Re-install Windows (to a different HDD if you can, just so you can revert to your old installation easily).
- Run memtest overnight. If you find errors, swap what slot you use, to see if it's the RAM or the mobo's slots that's faulty.
- Install the latest BIOS for your motherboard and revert it to the default settings. Your current BIOS might be buggy, or one of your settings wonky.
- Try the other video card again.
If all of the above fails, then you can pretty safely say it's the motherboard at fault. If you can't be bothered to do all of it, steps #1, 4 and 5 are probably the most essential.
The thing is I want a new computer, so I'm not entirely invested in getting this fixed. Still, it's not like I would toss this out so I should probably at least try to repair it.
Would you build your own again (sound's like you did??) or buy one? Just wondering. I'd personally love to build one for fun but since I'm so mobile..it would just be a door stop
FML AT&T purchased T-Mobile USA...
That's precisely the thing, I have no idea what type of computer I would get.
My current machine is an HTPC that I built myself. But it seems like HTPCs are almost passe now, what with NAS servers and network-enabled TVs, Roku/Boxee/Google TV/Apple TV type deals and all sorts of stuff that make a full on HTPC seem pointless. Plus, I ended up using the HTPC mostly as a regular desktop with a 20' cable leading to a monitor in another room. Still, I don't have cable so I like the idea of a computer connection to my TV.
I can't decide between a desktop or a laptop either... with a desktop you spend a bunch of money and have something which for the most part you can't take anywhere, meaning when you do go away you'll likely be stuck with a slow netbook or ancient laptop or in my case nothing because I only have the one computer right now. But I want decent specs so the laptop that would fit my needs would be pretty expensive, and I don't travel nearly enough to justify a high-end laptop.
I could go a million different ways. Get a nice Sandy Bridge laptop and have it hooked up to external peripherals when at home, but I find that whole setup unappealing and sort of counter-intuitive. I could build an overkill Sandy Bridge desktop and just forget about the TV (I don't use it much anyway, mostly just watch stuff at my computer desk) but then I'd be left hanging while travelling; I could get a cheap netbook for travel but the slowness and cheap build quality is a downer. Or I could buy a mid-range laptop and build a mid-range desktop but then I'd be stuck using a mid-range machine all the time.
I guess the problem is I want a desktop and a laptop, and possibly a new TV with WiFi.
Speakers are not plugged in.
Plug speakers in.
Then they are working. You must have cheetos in your ears or something. Haven't you read the troubleshooting guide in the back of the manual?