Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Help with Hardware Guess?

Well, I hoped the hardware issue of earlier was just a scare, but apparently not. Now my machine locked up while idling. What do you think, motherboard?

I do not know exactly what happened. The cable guy was in here yanking cables about and something happened. All I know was that the computer was off when I came in behind him and it would not turn back on.

Some of leds came on and case fans came on, but no motherboard lights and no beeps and well, not much else.

So, I hoped I could clean it up and reseat cards, but it still would not come back on. Until I gave up and let it sit for an hour or so. Then it fired back up.

Buut, I came back in here after hoping the news feeds pulled in and everything was locked up. It restarted, but this is the beginning of the end of something.

If you had to guess, what does this sound like to you? Video card? Motherboard?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Hardware Guess

Sounds to me like a motherboard failure. Most likely a capacitor (the little round can shape items) or 2 or....
You might be able to tell if you can look at them ( magnifying glass will help ) and see if any are bulging, leaking, or have opened up. If this is the case it can be repaired and there are a few places that will do it but it is not cheap. The capacitors themselves are not expensive but the time and expertise to unsolder the old ones and solder in the new ones is.

Most often it is cheaper (and quicker) to buy a new motherboard.

You asked for a guess, and that's the best I can do for now, sight unseen.

re: guess

Yep, I think you're right.

Thanks for weighing in.

re: Hardware

I'd "guess" power supply or RAM.

RAM is easy to test, download Memtest+ ISO, burn to a bootable cd, let it run for several passes. If there's no errors, then RAM is ok.

Power Supply's are way more likely to fail then Mainboards. Once the power supply is bad (or flaky) then the mb's become unstable, lockup, or crash.

After PS or RAM, then check cooling fans. Overheating the CPU (or GPU) can cause lockups.

If you need spare parts - let me know what you need, probably have it in the "junk box".

Big Grin

Hardware quess

~I agree with Vonskippy on power supply a most likely candidate. I have replaced two in the last year. Good luck whatever the cause.

Smile

More in Tux Machines

Mozilla involves the community in its “open-source” rebrand

Mozilla is bending the terms of the rebrand with a “branding without walls” open-source initiative. Read more

RPi 3 add-on loads up on sensors, wireless radios

Matrix Labs’s FPGA-driven “Matrix Creator” IoT daughter board for the Raspberry Pi 3 is loaded with sensors, 802.15.4 radios, and a mic array. The disc-shaped Matrix Creator add-on for the Raspberry Pi is based on AdMobilize’s successfully Kickstartered Matrix home automation and surveillance hub. AdMobilize spun off Matrix Labs, which has now built this cheaper, board-level version of the product. Read more

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.12 Snaps Creator with New Parts Ecosystem, More

Today, June 29, 2016, Canonical has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the highly anticipated Snapcraft 2.12 Snappy creator tool for the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Read more

AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.30 Officially Released with Support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, June 29, 2016, AMD released the final version of the AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver for GNU/Linux operating systems, bringing support for new technologies like the Vulkan API. Read more