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    Testing a Motherboard Gone Bad

    A year ago, we purchased two Asus PK5 SE motherboards from Scan. A couple months after building computer #1, the graphic card fried (GE Force 7900GT). Thinking it was the graphic card, I installed a different 7900GT, and that card fried also. At that point, I was afraid to risk any other video cards, so I bought a Gigabyte motherboard and new graphic card, and no problems since then.

    Computer #2 using the other Asus motherboard also started to fry the graphic card several months later (an 8800GTS). Knowing what would happen, we quickly replaced the motherboard and luckily the graphic card was not too damaged to continue to use.

    Is there a way to test those motherboards to see if the PCI express slots are faulty? The warranty on mobos is good for two years, and I'd sure like to return those and recover at least some of what we lost.

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    Re: Testing a Motherboard Gone Bad

    Hi, i dont have an answer but i think it's a very interesting question, so i'm going to keep an eye on this thread.
    I know how to test PSU's, but not motherboards
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    Re: Testing a Motherboard Gone Bad

    Test all the power rails you can with a multimeter, I guess...

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    Re: Testing a Motherboard Gone Bad

    I had a similar issue with an Asus board a while back. It fried my RAM due to overvolting. Took a while, but I guess the bit extra took its toll over time. The not so funny thing is that originally I was told that there was nothing wrong with the board, and it was only after I pressed that the voltage issue surfaced. Makes me wonder how often this sort of thing happens and is blamed on something else...

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