Awesome... I just fried my motherboard...

By azndude
Sep 5, 2006
  1. Since my pc wouldn't POST and according to the many sites I found on the internet. I came to the conclusion that my motherboard was fried. But, I wasn't sure, so I took it to GeekSquad (I became desperate). They opened it up and tried a different psu and came to the conclusion that the motherboard was fried. Just GREAT! [sarcasm] I think I might've fried the motherboard when I was installing it in the new case because I didn't ground myself (stupid mistake). So now, I need to buy a new motherboard and take it to GeekSquad and have them install it for me. $130, that is how much they wanted just for the installation.

    Here are my specs:
    * Intel P4 Processor 560J with HT (3.60GHz1, 1MB L2 Cache)
    * Front Side Bus Speed: 800MHz
    * Chipset: Intel® 915G
    * 1GB PC-3200 400MHz DDR (512MB x 2)
    * 250GB2 7200rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive
    * ATI Radeon® X300 (128MB Video Memory)
    * Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005

    Which motherboard do you recommend. My current chipset is a 915g, does that mean I have to buy a new motherboard that is also a 915g?

    The guy at GeekSquad said I might also need to reformat the hard drive to guarentee that it works. Why would I need to do that?
  2. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Is this an OEM PC (if so list make and model) or did you build it yourself?

    You don't necessarily need a 915g, but a 915g will save you from haveing to reformat and reinstall XP.
  3. azndude

    azndude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its a VAIO VGC-RB33G, I just took out the internals and stuck it into a new case.
  4. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    sience it is an OEM system replaceing the motherboard with the same chipset as stock (915g) would be the best option. Is the new case ATX or micro ATX? The brand and model of the new case would be benificial. The stock board is micro ATX, but if your new case can fit a full ATX board it would open more options in new boards to you.
  5. azndude

    azndude TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My new case is an Antec P180 and its an ATX mid-tower (i think) case
  6. dmill89

    dmill89 TS Guru Posts: 475

    Ok that's good that case will take a full atx board.

    Here are some boards with the 915g chipset.

    If you still have your stock powersupply I would recomend upgradeing that. Youmay also want to upgrade the CPU cooler if you have not done so alreay. Makesure to clean off all of the thermal grease off the CPU and heatsink(if your reuseing it) with alcohol or acetone and apply fresh thermal compound. ( I recomend Artic silver)

    Artic silver

    socket 775 CPU coolers most of the good ones are $30+
  7. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    Any Gigabyte, Intel and Asus Motherboard will do you just fine.


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