Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

How do I know if my mainboard is working properly ?

Posted on 2007-11-18
3
Medium Priority
?
509 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Is there any diagnostic tool that can be used to check if a mainboard is working properly ? I m looking for something that can be used before the O.S. loads so the motherboard can be checked before installing any operating system.

Note: my system use an Intel D865PERL mainboard.

0
Comment
Question by:maba55
3 Comments
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
Mark earned 375 total points
ID: 20307715
To test a motherboard on its own is not really feasible as you would need specialized equipment that is only found in the manufacturing industry. The next best thing is to install the bare minimum of components and keep adding components one at a time. This would pinpoint any problem areas quickly as the last component to be added would be the problem.

You can start with just the CPU, this should start the motherboard but give you a Ram missing beep code,
Add one stick of ram and start, this should give a video Beep code.
Add the video card next, you should get the  post message on the monitor but should stop when no boot device is found.
Next you can add a cd drive, upon startup go into the BIOS, check for correct time and date, also make the cd the boot device.
At this point a live cd shoiuld be used to boot the system from. Knoppix should fit the bill as it enumerates all hardware on boot and will generate a error in the boot log if something is amiss. It will also run an OS from the cd without having to install it to a hard drive.
Next add the hard drive, and at post enter the BIOS, see that the hard drive is properly identified. You can also run the knoppix at this point and the hard drive should be seen by it.

This should give you all the testing you need if the motherboard is good.

If you already have all the components together then run the knoppix disk and see if any issues come up.
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:willcomp
ID: 20307727
Use the UBCD to run memory tests, HDD tests, and CPU tests. You can also boot from a Knoppix or UBCD4Win CD to test USB and other devices.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
http://www.ubcd4win.com/howto.htm
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
0
 

Author Comment

by:maba55
ID: 20312758
OK guys, many thanks for your help !!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction: When a connection to the internet is established, there always exists a modem between the connected device and the ISP (Internet Service Provider). The Operating System (OS) on your PC controls the modem which communicates with the …
As you can read I recycle all my old hardware and the time has come that my power supply of 200 Watt cannot provide enough power for my backup server. I have lots of Compaq power supply's laying around, so I figured to use one of these PSU's. I t…
This course is ideal for IT System Administrators working with VMware vSphere and its associated products in their company infrastructure. This course teaches you how to install and maintain this virtualization technology to store data, prevent vuln…
Look below the covers at a subform control , and the form that is inside it. Explore properties and see how easy it is to aggregate, get statistics, and synchronize results for your data. A Microsoft Access subform is used to show relevant calcul…
Suggested Courses

916 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question