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    Default Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Hello everyone. First time using this board. I just got an HP Pavilion p6224f from a family member that had the original motherboard replaced because it was burned and the new one just got burned again. I am tight in money at this time and wanted to see if I could get some life out this pc. I was thinking about replacing the motherboard with a different brand and would like to hear any suggestions from you on what I should do. I am not a computer expert but I can follow instructions. My expertise go as far as installing a new graphics board on a pc. Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Welcome to PureOC.

    If it's "burned" two boards as you say, maybe it would be a good idea to get a new and better Power supply first, THEN add a new motherboard.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Thanks for the reply. Any power supply and motherboard that you might recommend for that pc. Also, I am not completely sure if the second motherboard is burned. I know that hp replaced the original one and now hp says that it looks like this second one is also damaged. Last night I read on another site that I could try removing the battery from the motherboard and see if that will work. After removing the battery and putting it back in I was able to turn the pc on but I can only get to the bios page. Windows does not load or repairs itself. Any ideas on this. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Can you please use the " User CP " located top left hand side of this page, and fill out the rest of your systems specs, so we can help you.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    If the same board burned up twice then follow what Neil said. The PSU is obviouly killing it. It needs replaced.

    So before we can offer what board to replace it with, we need some information.

    What cpu is currently in the board? Are you planning on using the same cpu?

    What memory is currently in the board? Are you planning on using it?

    This will help us pick a board that will work for you components. Then we can pick the right PSU.
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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Thanks for the reply Doctor_Death. I uploaded the system info. Any help greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for the reply Cyberburnout.
    - CPU Athlon II x2 215. i have not decided if I would keep it. If I find a motherboard and cpu upgrade together that can replace the one the system has now at a good price, that is probably what i would do. Otherwise I would use current cpu on new board until i can afford a better one.
    - Memory: 8GB total (4- 2GB ) DDR2 SO-DIMM (240-pin) sockets. i want to keep and use these to save as much money as I can.

    Thanks again for the help and let me know if you need any other information.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Well Ill toss a few ideas out there for board and CPU combos ranging from dirt cheap to mid range.

    GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 AMD A Series Motherboard and AMD A4-Series A4-3400 APU and Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM Bundle at TigerDirect.com Board and AMD A4 series APU. CPU power is close to what you have now but internal graphics is better. Will need to pick up some memory to take advantage of the GPU. $114 after rebates.

    MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) AMD Socket AM3+ Motherboard and AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70GHz AM3 Processor Bundle at TigerDirect.com If you are not planning on heavy gaming this is a great choice. 6 core CPU plus board. You will need to pick up a cheap GPU and memory. $146

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...35019&CatId=14 Complete i3-2220, board and 4gb memory bundle. $189 after rebates. I personally dont care for the I3 but it may be enough for your needs. A 500-600w psu should be more then enough for you to add a discrete gpu later if needed.


    MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Motherboard and AMD Quad-Core A10-5800K 3.8GHz Radeon HD 7660D APU Bundle at TigerDirect.com Best entry level bundle for the money. Quadc core APU, good built in HD graphics and $170.

    GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 AMD A Series Motherboard and AMD Quad-Core A8-3850 2.9GHz Radeon HD 6550D APU and Centon 4GB Desktop Memory Module and Samsung Internal 24X DVD Burner and Ultra LSP550 550- Bundle at TigerDirect.com Pretty much everything you need. Board, APU, Memory, PSU, DVD and a crappy but better then HPs case. Less then $300

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard and Intel Core i5-2400 3.10 GHz Quad Core Processor and Patriot Intel Extreme Master Viper 3 4GB Module Bundle at TigerDirect.com To keep the Intel Fan boys at bay. Board, Intel 15-2400 quad cpu and memory. Solid mid-range system $313 after rebates.

    So there is at least a starting point. If you see something you like let us know so we can get an idea on what you think you might want. I didnt add anything high end yet. Getting a feel for your budget first.
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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Quote Originally Posted by RG7174 View Post
    Thanks for the reply Doctor_Death. I uploaded the system info. Any help greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for the reply Cyberburnout.
    - CPU Athlon II x2 215. i have not decided if I would keep it. If I find a motherboard and cpu upgrade together that can replace the one the system has now at a good price, that is probably what i would do. Otherwise I would use current cpu on new board until i can afford a better one.
    - Memory: 8GB total (4- 2GB ) DDR2 SO-DIMM (240-pin) sockets. i want to keep and use these to save as much money as I can.

    Thanks again for the help and let me know if you need any other information.
    How much do you want to spend for a new board, processor, and memory ?

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Quote Originally Posted by RG7174 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Any power supply and motherboard that you might recommend for that pc. Also, I am not completely sure if the second motherboard is burned. I know that hp replaced the original one and now hp says that it looks like this second one is also damaged. Last night I read on another site that I could try removing the battery from the motherboard and see if that will work. After removing the battery and putting it back in I was able to turn the pc on but I can only get to the bios page. Windows does not load or repairs itself. Any ideas on this. Thanks again.
    Since you can get to the BIOS screen the motherboard may not be damaged. Look at the BIOS and see if your hard drive and memory are listed correct. If so you might try to boot from the Windows 7 install disk. It may be just a corrupt BIOS which you cleared by removing the battery.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Thanks Cyberburnout for all the great information. I am still undecided on what direction to go after looking at all those options. I am leaning towards the cheapest option since I am not planning on keeping the system for long. I am going to try the option bob2701 gave me. I am trying to create windows 7 boot disk to see if I can get the pc to work without having to replace any parts. In the long run, I think I will be better off saving some money and building my own system instead of adding parts to this one. I will asking you for advise on those parts soon. I will post the results of the boot disk soon.

    Thanks Doctor_Death for the reply. Let me try the boot disk first, but if I had to replace the motherboard, I want to spend no more than $150. I don't think the system is worth putting a lot money into it.

    Bob2701. I going to try the boot disk and see if it works. Thanks for the reply too.

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    I was able to get the pc to work. I reinstalled Windows 7 using an USB with the ISO file in it. I am going to upgrade the power supply and install a new (inexpensive) graphics card and hope the pc will last me a bit. As soon as I have the money to build a new pc I would definitely ask all of you for advise. Thank you very much for your help.

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    Default Re: Help replacing motherboard M2N78-LA

    Glad to hear you got it working. Good luck.

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