Originally Posted by Thlorian
I need to do two things please:
(1) I need to know how to test this board FIRST to make sure it is not a defective board. How do I do this before hooking everything else up?
(2) Once the board is determined to be good, can you please give me a step by step setting this Gigabyte mobo up so I do not roast anything!
A side note: It was determined that the first board was ruined but what if it was the CPU? How can I tell if I just bought myself another good board and the CPU is the problem?
Thanks again for all your help! I really, REALLY appreciate everything you can let me know as I am a NEWBIE here!
1.To test if a board is defective the general practice for finding that out is to place the mobo on a non conductive surface(a box is fine) and hook up only the essentials to get the board to POST, that would be the CPU, RAM, Video card, monitor and Power Supply. Once you have situated those components onto the motherboard turn the system on by either hooking up the cases power switch pin onto the motherboard or using the onboard power button on the motherboard if that motherboard has one(it probably does). That's truly the only way to tell if a componant defective or not besides actual damage to the motherboard itself. You won't know if a part works or not before you actually try it.
2. Set it up like you would any other system, place the components in their proper place, boot it up and hope nothing blows up lol.
And if the CPU was dead generally it would have the same symptom, the system wouldn't POST and you'll have to find a replacement part for that item. Your motherboard should/may give out a certain number of beeps and when it does, count the beeps and look into your motherboards manual to determine what the issue exactly is. Saves you a ton of time trying to zero in on the component causing the issue.