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Seagate Harddrive PC Board Replacement

Question: Seagate Harddrive PC Board Replacement

I have the following model Seagate Hardrive and was wondering if anyone knew of reliable resources to get a new circuit board for this item. I have been checking ebay, online sites, any additional assistane woul dbe helpful.
Model ST340823A
U Series 5
IDE drive
Seagate 40 GB
Firmware 3.07
I have seen a lot of models that are close - just not exact match. I'd toss the drive, but there is about a years worth of photos on there that I unfortunately did not have a backup for.

Thanks in advance

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Preferred Solution: Seagate Harddrive PC Board Replacement

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You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Seagate Harddrive PC Board Replacement

Could you explain what is wrong with the drive?

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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I have the following desktop that just died on me one day...i was told my main board died.  It has the i3 processor and i was wondering where i can get a replacement board only?  not sure what model or brand to look for so that it drops in my case....any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Lenovo H430

Machine type 2558

Serial ESxxxxxxxx
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Answer:where can i get a replacement board (motherobard, main board) for H430?

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I'm considering a new harddrive, but until I ran across an attractive offer for the 1.5TB, I had been thinking of the 1TB instead. The larger drive has the following specs:

Formatted Capacity : 1.5TB
Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
Buffer Size: 32MB
Spindle Speed: (RPM) 5900 RPM
Average Latency: 4.16 ms
Data Transfer Rate: Buffer to Host Up to 300MBps
Sustained Throughput: Up to 115MBps
Ports and Connectors: 7-pin Serial ATA Connector
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty

The thing that stands out in my eye is that the spindle speed is slow compared to the 1TB, which is 7200 RPM, but I think the warranty is a bit longer.

I recall recently reading an article posted in the forums news board that said that the 1 TB was the fastest drive in it's class, but the sustained throughput of this drive is slightly faster...I think.

The extra 500GBs would definitely be a plus, but would it really perform as well as the 1TB? Is there any other aspect to consider?

Answer:Seagate 1.5TB Harddrive an odd RPM value for a HD

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Hi, I have a 500gb, harddrive wich doesn't start, it worked perfectly before, and now just suddenly it wont start at all. I'm not angry about it yet becuase I still have hope this can get fixed.

I pop the adapter in, nothing happens, plug the stuff to the computer, nothing happens. I got no clue what to do really. IF it can destroy the adapter if I put a ac adapter for a portable computer inte it while it was off, that can be it. OR if it got broken by safely lying in my bag. Just tell me how I can fix this, Please. I'm So thankful for anyone who can help me with this.

Seagate FreeAgent 500GB USB2.

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Question: Seagate Harddrive

Bought this 60 gig hd second hand and after detecting drives on boot screen i get the message that the NTLR is missing ,press cont/alt/delete to restart but then it just does the same again.Anyone know what this means.Also brother has keyboard which will not bring up the @ sign when shift or control is held down. Any help on either welcome.Cheers.

Answer:Seagate Harddrive

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My computer boots but then freezes if my Dell 80G Seagate Barracuda ATA IV model: ST3800021A is the slave. Bios says disk not detected.
Local Guru says the firmware is corrupted. He wants a circuit board to install
to recover data.
Does anyone have a hard disk as above that has failed mechanically.
I need the circuit board!!!!

Answer:Seagate 80g Need Circuit Board

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I noticed on these two drives they have a jumper pin on them
with jumper pin 1.5 g/sec
without jumper pin 3.0 g/sec

If my motherboard is compatible with the 3.0 g/sec transfer rate
can I pull the jumper out, or do the drives only operate at that speed in a raid configuration or is it even worth the hassle ?

Answer:Seagate 500 & 750 gig Harddrive queston

THat jumper is so that the faster Sata 2 (300Gb/s) drives will work on the older Sata (150Gb/s) sata controllers. If your controllers are Sata 2 then yo can remove the jumper and not worry about it.

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I Have A Dell Laptop Inspiron 6000 With 150mb Space Left. I Backup All Files To My Seagate And Transfer My Itunes Folder. I Then Deleted My Itunes From My Laptop For More Space But Not I Have Lost My Itunes. When I Connect My Seagate It Shows My Music But Not In A Way To Connect My Ipod To Transfer The Music And The Seagate Dont Show Up To Give Me More Hard Drive.

Answer:300 Seagate External Harddrive

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I was on newegg and found a nice seagate harddrive for 149.00 for a 400gb harddrive. My wife loves frys and told me to check out and i found a maxtor 500 gb for 129.00 and these are the specs it has!

Serial ATA/300
16MB Buffer
8.5ms Seek Time

i know ppl love the raptors and im hoping this is an okay cuz i always bought a seagate with every harddrive ive ever bought.

Do u think this is a good hard drive brand?

wait i think raptors r from WD :\

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Hi guys,

I'm really in desperate need of help right now. My harddrive just died and all my essays and school stuff are in it and the due dates are within days.

So I turned on my pc this afternoon,did some stuff and turned it off,then i wanted to turn it on again but the harddrive is no longer detected by BIOS.The bios gives the typical message of no harddrive detected,plz insert boot media and press a key blah blah blah.i also noticed that the whole start up becomes incredibly slow,even for loading the bios setup. I bought this new pc during xmas and its just been a lil bit over 3 months.

seagate barracuda 7200.11 500Gbytes
motherboard is Asus P5QL Pro
4gig mem.
geforce 9800gt
intel 2.5Ghz

the machine's been perfectly normal for 3 months except very occassional blue screens,and now the hd is not dectected all of a sudden.

i did not install anything or remove anything in hardware/software,i tried a different sata cable for dvd-rw which is recognized by bios,plugging into a different sata plug on the motherboard,and nothing happens.

when i start the machine i can hear that there's a couple clicks in the harddrive,so obviously its still running,but after that its all silence and there's no activity at all thereafter.

does this indicate a dead harddrive that can only be replaced?is there any chance i can recover the data on the harddrive?

thx tons for any reply!!!

Answer:seagate harddrive problem

This happened like a day ago for me with the same drive. I fixed it by resetting the cmos, it was either that or the cable was loose (because i took it out and put it back in) so check the cables, if that does not do it, try a cmos flash.

EDIT: wait, the cmos flash fixed my 1tb drive, not the 7200.11, my bad.

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Could a USB port be damaged when trying to attach the cable from a 1.5 T external harddrive. this harddrive was attached before I got this computer a few days ago.

Answer:Seagate external harddrive 1.5 T

Can't see why it would be?Which having said... if the drive demands more power than the pc - particularly a laptop - can deliver then possibly; but have never come across it.If the drive requires serious power i/p then use an external usb-power adapter to power it?Have you experienced this and this is why you're posting here now?

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A while back I bought a Seagate 1TB harddrive, but until recently it was just stored away and not used.
Recently I wanted to expand a XP system I have containing a M4A79XTD Evo mboard, so I just popped in the 1TB. But, to my surprise, the harddrive showed up as only 32MB. So I went into Ubuntu(dualboot with XP) and format the drive, then restart. Back in XP it finally showed up as 939GB. Then I turned off the computer. When I turned it back on later, the drive was back at showing 32MB.

The only thing that worked was when I used ext2 on Ubuntu to format the drive. I wanted to do a clean OS install on the 1TB, but no OS under the sun wants to install, because it jumps back to showing 32MB. I can only store files with Ubuntu under ext2.

I've tried the drive in other computers, with various cables, external enclosures, etc.

So now my question is, do I have a nice looking paperweight, or do I miss something important?

PS: Seagate ST31000528AS

Answer:Problem with Seagate 1TB harddrive

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I have a seagate barracuda 500GB harddrive that I'm using as a secondary harddrive. My main boot drive with my os is a 150GB raptor. this drive works find, however I cannot detect my seagate. When I go into the BIOS, it looks like its detected there, but when I log into windows I can't see it. Thanks in advance for the help

Answer:problems with my seagate harddrive

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If anyone knows where to buy a pcb board or the actual hard drive with the exact pcb board on it let me know. It's a Seagate 1tb the model number of the drive is st31000340as and the pcb board under the drive is PCB100466824 REV BLet me know.Thanks!

Answer:Can anyone find a Seagate 1tb pcb board PCB100466824 REV B?

Just had a quick search for you on google but could only find a revision C model - they wanted about ?150 for it!

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Good Morning Sirs
We got a Seagate USB Harddrive , which is not getting recognised as File System is RAW
Kindly advice how to fix this issue so that harddrive gets recognised in Desktop/Laptop with Windowsxp/Windows 7

Answer:Seagate USB Harddrive - File System RAW

Thanks a lot
I need to find out an Indian dealer so that the software can be bought because now we r only able to see the data and can not recover in trial version
Thanks again

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I have a problem with my Seagate external harddrive. It won't let my computer start. It stops at the BIOS screen and does nothing. I tried pressing the BIOS setup or System recovery but it doesn't work. I found out that my external harddrive was the problem after serveral tries. I took the plug out of my computer and restarted it. It worked fine. I plugged it back in again to the computer and it was detected in Device Manager but not detected on Windows. In Device Manager it said there was no problem at all. However when I clicked computer the external harddrive didn't show up. I also have to mention that I dropped my harddrive accidentally. It keeps making a beeping noise every other second. It was a regular beep, nothing out of the ordinary. I also tried diagnosticing my drive. However that was a problem too. It made another error. I also tried to plug the external harddrive to another computer and it also made the beeping noise and it didn't show up on the otehr computer. I'm starting to think that this is an external error with the parts inside than internal with software and other stuff. I don't think that I like recovering my data with experts because it costs a lot of cash. The ohter option is to replace my drive with another one from seagate. The warranty is still on and won't expire in a while. Oh yeah and I just recently discovered that on the other computer I tested the drive on it starts up when I plug it in before I start the computer.

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A couple weeks ago my USB External harddrive got unplugged and when i plugged it back in, it asked me to Format it. It game me a "2HC015KJ" Error code. Its 500GB but now appears as 2000GB. Ive tried to use Partiton Wizard 7, but when doing a quick scan for a couple days, it was only at 163608 sectors, and still at 0%.

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i have three hard drives connected in my system, my seagate is basically where i store my audio, and video files, whenever i access a file or play a file i've recently noticed the harddrive is making alot of noise. is this normal , my other drive dont make any noise ?

Answer:My 120 gb seagate serial sata harddrive

That's not normal. Sounds like its dying.

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I have a problem with my Seagate external harddrive. It won't let my computer start. It stops at the BIOS screen and does nothing. I tried pressing the BIOS setup or System recovery but it doesn't work. I found out that my external harddrive was the problem after serveral tries. I took the plug out of my computer and restarted it. It worked fine. I plugged it back in again to the computer and it was detected in Device Manager but not detected on Windows. In Device Manager it said there was no problem at all. However when I clicked computer the external harddrive didn't show up. I also have to mention that I dropped my harddrive accidentally. It keeps making a beeping noise every other second. It was a regular beep, nothing out of the ordinary. I also tried diagnosticing my drive. However that was a problem too. It made another error. I also tried to plug the external harddrive to another computer and it also made the beeping noise and it didn't show up on the otehr computer. I'm starting to think that this is an external error with the parts inside than internal with software and other stuff. I don't think that I like recovering my data with experts because it costs a lot of cash. The ohter option is to replace my drive with another one from seagate. The warranty is still on and won't expire in a while.

Answer:Seagate External Harddrive error

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Need to swap (1) electronic board with another.

Understanding that when pulling off the circuit board, dust should not enter the opened case.
I must do this to recover data.

a) will pulling the board expose the internal drive?

b) it looks as if the board is held in by #6 torx bit or #8?
Are the (6) torx screws the only thing holding the board on?

c) Is there a standard procedure for doing this? How can I ensure no dust will enter?

d) Is a clean room required for changing the circuit boards?

e) if the drive is exposed, is there an open magnetic force?

Answer:Seagate 7200.11 circuit board swap

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My external hard drive isn't being recognised by the laptop. It is just making beeping noises. Is there anything I can do to get it to work, and if not, who should I send it off to, and how much can I expect it to cost?

Answer:seagate external harddrive doesnt spin up

Could be any of several causes:
Harddrive dead
not enough power (try with laptop plugged into mains - not on battery power)
faulty cable
faulty usb port
Is it making the same noise as in this youtube vid?
read posts on seagate forum

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Hi, and thanks in advance to any help. Today I noticed that my Seagate 250gb harddrive is not showing up under my computer as a disk. This happened after a reboot. It is the only usb device plugged into my computer and my taskbar recognizes it with the safely remove hardware icon. Under. It also shows up in disk management as unallocated with no partition. It has been fussy before but has worked fine for awhile now. Is there anything I can do or have I lost all of my data? Also it was pretty full with just 5% freespace on it before this happened. I know I probably should have backed up this data but now I am nervous because I have important stuff on there. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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As the title says, my new Seagate Expansion Portable Drive is not working in the 3.0 slots in the front of my computer. It only works when i plug it into one of my two 2.0 slots on the back of my computer, which are both occupied by my mouse and keyboard, both of them are not backwards compatible. When my Drive is plugged into a 3.0, absolutely nothing happens. i get a green light on the drive, but it does not show up in my bios or in "My Computer". Works perfectly fine in a 2.0 though.

My motherboard is made by gigabyte, and is only about 2 months old, and my drive is 5 months old.

Answer:External seagate 1tb harddrive not working with 3.0 usb slot.

Did you install the 3.0 drivers and enable it in the BIOS? All versions of USB are backwards compatible.

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I bought a new Seagate 250GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-100 and would like to replace my old drive with it in my Dell? Dimension? 4400 (Pent 4 1.80GHz, 768mb Ram, running Windows XP Home). I need some advice on how I should format this new drive and then clone and replace my old drive with the new Seagate drive using Norton Ghost 2003.

What is best way to format the harddrive to get it ready to clone - using (Control panel > Administrative tools > Computer management > Disk Management) or formating it via Windows XP CD or is there a better way/easier??? Thanks.

Answer:Formating and cloning to a new Seagate 250gb harddrive

You can use Seagates Disk Wizzard ( IMO the easiest & free)\
How to use Disk Wizzard

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- My 500GB Seagate external harddrive can't be recognized in the computer (as if it wasn't there) when plugged via USB
- It makes a repeated beep when connected to a plug
- I called technical support and they charge $300 for data recovery

- If my external harddrive has failed, then what are some methods would Seagate use to recover the data?
- Can't I just open the casing and remove the SATA drive and plug it in with my SATA adapter (i know it voids warranty, but I'd rather have my data back at a cheaper price than to get a replacement harddrive)
- Isn't it possible that the casing might've broke, not the hard drive itself?
- What are your thoughts on this one?

A note from the Customer Service Representative:


Originally Posted by csr

Thank you for sending your Seagate E-mail inquiry.

It sounds like your drive has failed. Anytime a drive makes noise such as those, it means the read/write head is bouncing across the data platters.

You may wish to look into Data Recovery or to return the drive to us for an exchange

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

What does that mean?

Answer:Seagate External harddrive failed, back for $300?

There is the possibility that it could be the encloser that has died.
The only way find out is to purchase another enclosure. However you will void any change at warranty if you pop open seagate's enclosure.

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So I have a seagate External drive which had been working perfectly fine for me right upto yesterday.
My kids were watching a film via the drive connected to my ps4 and all worked well but when I went to connect it to my netbook to manage some files it was no longer visible.
I've done extensive google searches but not come across anything that would seem to fix my problem.
The drive is visible in drive management but not in disk management. I have tried or in all the uso ports but that makes no difference.
The drive now no longer shows up when I plug it into the ps4 which leafs me to suspect that it's had it and I've lost whatever was on it.
One other thing to note is that when I connect it to my netbook it makes a noise like the drive inside is spinning to try and come to life.
Having said this however it had just decided to show up on my netbook so I am copying the files off of it right now to make sure they're not lost. I'm going to say however that this is going to need replacing right?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: RADEON X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 71468 MB, Free - 24974 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0YC523
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Before I purchase an SATA Interface Cable and power adaptor cable, is this project doable ? and will there be a SATA host adaptor when I open my PC up ?

Answer:adding Seagate SATA harddrive 1TB 32MB

Open it up and check. I doubt it on a computer that old.

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I have Windows 7 Home premium 64bit as I recently got a new computer, and to my surprise my seagate external Harddisk did not work. If I go to the Devices section, it is listed as Desktop. I have tried many things such as, rebooting, trying different USB, Assigning A letter to the Expansion and a few others as you will see in my screenshots. Just before I forget my old PC 32bit Windows 7 Ultimate, automatically detected my 500gb Seagate 500gb External Harddisk so I cannot see a problem with the Harddrive or with my computer as it is brand new and fully functioning. Below are my screenshots.

As you can see from these images non of the fixes on the fourm, or on seagate work. If you have any fix please reply to this post as soon as you can, or on the other hand any questions. I will be very grateful.

Sorry about the thumbnail, Not sure what happened there.

Answer:Seagate 500gb External Harddrive, Windows 7 Will Not Read?

Cheers m8
SATA or PATA????

Have you tried to remove it from the ext case and installed it into the check if any of the electronics in the external case failed.
could be something with the usb drivers in the new machine... might try unstalling from the device manager the usb controllers, maybe the composite device then turn the machine off and let windows reinstall 'em again and see if the drive is picked up.
At this point I'd be asking just how important is the data on this HD... I'd even go so far as see if I could put the HD into a friends machine,(or old 'puter), to see if it could be picked up???? Be sure and copy the data off the HD while you continue to trouble shoot the drive.
From experience..... the only drive I've not been able to finally detect ended up as a dead drive, "bfh"
luk to you.....

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Anyone use the Seagate Replica software that comes with the 2T External Hardrive? This is the GoFlex Desk series of external harddrives.

The software does an automatic backup of all your computers harddrives and logical drives and backs up any changes periodically to the external hardrive. It is suppose to allow full recovery (it includes a boot disk, linux based for restoring from the backed up 'image').

Anyone use it, and does it successfully restore the 'image' in case of a full crash?

Answer:Seagate Replica (2T External Harddrive) GoFlex Desk

Why bother using third-party disk-imaging (especially from Seagate) when Windows 7 has it built-in?
The built-in one works well, I've used it.

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I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and post that It was working fine without any issues. I have two external drive connected to it.

1. 1 TB Iomega powered drive. - now RAW
2. 2TB seagate external drive.

The 1tb drive suddenly became RAW and I wasn't able to access it. before it happened, I had removed some virus detected in the drive by the AVG antivirus. Post that once or twice it got disconnected and after that the drive became RAW. I understand the file system might have got corrupted since couple of times my system faced powercuts and before I could shut it down the system cut off from electricity as my UPS died on me.

I haven't formatted the disk at all, as I have all my important data in this HD as it was my backup drive for office and personal use.

Disk Management: shows the drive is RAW but a healthy Partition.

I opened the hard drive casing, tried connecting the drive directly to the internal sata cable but the same didn't read even then and still shows as RAW drive. I got a Storite USB to SATA adapter and tried that, the drive is now running fine(as it sounds) with intermittent kind of noise (clicking etc.,) for sometime and then disappears. After directly connecting the drive atleast the below softwares are able to read the data in the drive but unable to recover it.

I have tried recovering data using the below softwares.

1. EaseUS DAta recovery - took too much time to complete reading - 17% in more than 24 hours- stopped it.
2. M3 DAta recover... Read more

Answer:External 1TB harddrive(Iomega - seagate inside) RAW drive

My recommendation is to use [email protected] Recovery Pro. I had a similar situation (raw indication) on a drive a few months back and I tried several of the leading data recovery apps, and the one I recommended is the one that found the most stuff -- nearly everything. It took nearly a whole day to do an in-depth scan, but in the end, it was worth it. It's free to install and try out, but you need to buy a license to do any serious recovery work.

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I have taken delivery of a Seagate FreeAgent pro 750.I have created a backup plan and put my pictures in to it.Every time I modify a file (JPG/.doc & .psd are the ones I have tried so far) it refuses to back it up and the log shows error 8. In fact I just downloaded some jpegs from my camera and they havbe been rejected as well.I cannot find the solution and there are limited help files.Can anyone help please?

Answer:Seagate external harddrive rejects amended files.

Autobackup.Maybe someone has used or is using this.I need to sort this out because the drive is useless to me if I cannot add extra files to the plan.It is meant to monitor changes and automatically write them to the drive.I think I might be missing something obvious but the manual/help is not very helpful.Please somebody point me in the right direction.

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I have a T-61 purchased in 2007 that still runs ok, it came with Vista and a small 7200 100 MB drive, I want to replace the drive and install Win 7....I picked up a 500 MB SATA with a 16 MB cache 7200 that says LAPTOP in orange on the front, I got it in Best Buy....It should be good, I hope. 


Go to Solution.

Answer:Seagate Replacement Drive for T-61

I'm not sure what your question is, but yes that should work fine in the T61. Incidentally you might want to buy an inexpensive (under $10) USB enclosure for the old drive and use that for backups, etc.

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Im replacing my harddrive and these two seem to be the best so far

Also Im looking at the 500gb hardrives if there is another better one you guys can prefer

Answer:What is a better harddrive Seagate Momentus or Western Digital Scorpio Blue?

If I can ask, why are you choosing between low performance 5400rpm hard drives when you could have a higher performing 7200rpm hard drive. Just curious.

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I have just purchased the Lenovo IdeaCentre 510 Tower PC [i7]. It came with Windows 10 Home OS. Within the set up, it asked me whether I wanted to install updates to Windows 10 - i said 'yes'. It took a good couple of hours to complete the whole set up of the desktop, but according to the log, all Windows updates appear to have been successfully installed. (I mention this because I later found something on Lenovo's website about updating to Windows 10 when setting up your Lenovo for the first time - it mentioned trouble which may include the damaging or disabling of hardware? I can't seem to find this again, or else i would post a link. I think this may have been referring to upgrades to earlier windows versions rather than upgrades for Windows 10 applied to a machine which is sold with Windows 10 already installed.) My desktop seems to be up and running but I have just attempted to connect my Seagate Backup Plus portable drive using the USB port and it will not recognise it (I tried this on several ports).  I can feel the Seagate working but it does not show up under My Computer or anywhere else I can see.  I have tested the USB port by inserting a regular USB pen drive and it DOES recognise this. The Seagate previously worked on my Windows Surface Pro 3 with no trouble and I have all of my files backed up on it.  Hope somebody can help me figure out what is going wrong...  Many thanks!

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Hi guys, I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 gig ST3750640AS hard drive which was inside a Seagate freeagent external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive suddenly stopped working and I have removed this drive from the enclosure so it is now a stand alone Sata HDD. Using a separate data recovery cable and power supply designed for this drive I have tried to power the drive up to try and make further use of the drive but the PCB on the back of the drive started to smoke ! Needless to say the drive is now seriously in danger of being binned but I would still like to grab the data off of the drive. Does anyone know how and where I can get a replacement PCB for the drive please? Is this a practical route to take? How easy is it to replace? Or any other suggestions other than using expensive data recovery processes to try and read the data? Thanks in advance for any advice... cheers Steve

Answer:Seagate power module replacement?

Although i detest eBay i have found replacement PCB's there before...

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Hello all,

1st time here. really hope someone out there can help me, I'm desperate! :drool:

system board is done - how to get info off harddrive.

I have power to the machine, it just won't turn on. I realize that I will have to remove the harddrive from the tower but then what? How do i get the info that I need off it?

Please help.

Answer:system board is done - how to get info off harddrive.

Dead Drive Issues

Please only post once about your issue. Someone will be by when they can to answer your question. Thank you.


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is it possible for me to upgrade motherboard and still use the same hard drive without formatting it ??? will there be driver conflicts??

Answer:mother board and harddrive question

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okay since my old board died I need to find Intel SE7210TP1-E Sever board  but the place were I got it doesnt carry it anymore any other places I could try?  Geeks an tiger dont have it.

Answer:Board Replacement

Ebay has always been a good place to find items like this....just be sure it has a warranty and the seller has 99% or better feedback rating, and that the shipping rates are realistic....Sometimes a board is only $70 and then the shipping is $50.00 etc... Anyone urgent to purchase might click BUY and then say great I just paid $120 for a $90 motherboard elsewhere and get ripped off by $30.I never made that mistake, but I am sure others have...especially items for a penny or dollar that are way under priced until you see the shipping brings its cost into check with what it should cost or even more than you would pay elsewhere.

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Hi there: Here are my current specs for a Seagate ST380021A hard drive. I am "dubious" on purchasing replacement drives for there seems great inconsistency on the ST380021A performance. I would prefer to do an 100-120 GB hard drive upgrade, but I can also settle for 80 GB. It will go into a Gateway Profile 4 PC for my son to use at college. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE? Thanks, rpf

Full specifications:
Seagate Barracuda ATA IV 80GB DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra) internal
Manufacturer: Seagate Technology Inc.; Part number: ST380021A

? Device type: Hard drive Standard
? Compatibility: PC
? Depth: 5.8 in
? Height: 1 in
? Width: 4 in
? Weight: 1.1 lbs

Hard Drive
? Hard drive size: 80 GB
? Features: 3D Defense System
? Enclosure type: Internal
? Interface type: ATA-100
? Form factor: 3.5" x 1/3H
? Buffer size: 2 MB
? Hard drive compliant standards: S.M.A.R.T.

? Heads: Physical heads: 16:4
? Cylinders: Physical cylinders: 16383:2
? Bytes per Sector: 512
? Storage type: Hard drive
? Hard drive type: Standard
? Cylinders / Physical:Cylinders: 16383
? Cylinders / Physical:Cylinders (Physical) : 2
? Heads / Physical:Heads: 16
? Heads / Physical:Heads (Physical) : 4

? Average seek time: 9.5 ms
? Data transfer rate: 100 MBps : 69.4 MBps
? Spindle speed: 7200 rpm
? Track-to-Track Seek Time: 1 ms
? Average Latency: 4.16 ms
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Answer:Upgrading Seagate 80 GB hard drive ST380021A; Ideas:RELIABLE & COMPATIBLE replacement

i'd go with 250gb. you'll like it better in the long run.

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Is it possible to purchase a mother board for an older hp desk top model # P6216F if so where could I purchase one.thank youAnthony Simonie

Answer:Mother board replacement

Motherboard P6216F  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.        If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!

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I want to use Blender Cycles GPU rendering. It only works with Nividia CUDA cards. I have an ATI Radeon card. This card is soldered to the system board so I think swaping it is not an option. Can I replace the whole system board for one that has an Nvidia CUDA compatibale GPU on it?

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I wanted to make a new thread, not only thanking Tuus, but to let others know that it is possible to get a fix for dead or dying T61s. There are other threads on this but I'd like to share my experience. I got my T61p about 4 years ago and it had worked like a charm, with only a minor battery issue, for all those years. A few months ago (while abroad in the UK) it just decided to quit on me. The bios beeps on booting said it was a video chip issue, and that's exactly what was up. Thankfully my HD wasn't affected and I waited until I was home to figure out what to do. After loads of searching on the issue (which is prevalent) I saw posts on here thanking Tuus and about the fix. So I sent him a message which he quickly replied to. He explained that these boards (prior to 08/08) have a known faulty nvidia chip and they usually kick it earlier than mine did. I have started PC gaming more in the few months before it died so I assume it was a heat issue, which I now keep an eye on using TPfancontrol. Through contacting Tuus I got my hands on an 08/08 system board with the entire bottom case along with it. It was a lengthy process to take apart my old machine and put the new bottom on, but if you follow the manual on Lenovo's site for your system, it's a piece of cake. Just set aside an hour or two and you'll be fine. The best advice I can give to stay organized with it all is to print the pages you need from the manual, and then tape the parts/screws to the corresponding ... Read more

Answer:Thanks Tuus! -- T61 replacement board

You're very welcome, I'm glad I was able to help, and to find you such a rare board. I wish you many of years of use from it.

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Can anyone advise me of a replacement board for the msi 7046 mortherbaord. I prefer Gigabyte boards as so much more user friendly. I ruined my bios on the MSI board and to be honest I have not really liked the MSI boards have always preferred Gigabyte boards.

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I have an old Gateway P5-133 computer with an Evergreen MX-Pro 200 cpu upgrade on an American Megatrends system board.
I was in the process of upgrading it with a larger hard drive, WinME, a couple of USB ports, potentially more RAM etc. and was experiencing intermittent episodes of it not booting up. My new machine's monitor, which I used while working on this old POS, was saying there is no video signal coming from the old computer. A new video adapter produced the same message, so I am assuming the system board croaked. It did boot fine following the installation of the new HD and ME.
What would be a suitable replacement if you would be so kind as to enlighten me? I can return the PCI Video and USB adapters but not the Maxtor 80GB Ultra ATA/133 drive and ME.

Answer:Replacement System Board


Welcome to TSG! As far as a replacement board, you are probably wasting your time. My suggestion would be to keep the video you bought, the hard drive and the floppy. The rest is very outdated. Your board is a socket 5 board with no real replacement out there. The case and power supply will be of no use on a newer board (probably an AT form factor). The evergreen chip will only fit a socket 5 board and you can go much much faster with a low end $30 duron processor. The memory is probably 70ns dram and will not be able to be used in a newer board. Not really much you can save. Your choices are to look at used computer shops for an old socket 5 board or to shell out a couple of bucks for a bare bones system.


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Hey guys
i have a compaq presario SR1610NX Recently i shorted out my mother board while doing a proccessor trade out (trust me the proccessor is compatable as the computer did run for a while after the switch). anyway i called up compaq and they say that my mother board was discontinued and they tried to sell me a whole new tower. i need a compatible replacement. im using a AMD Athlon 64 3700 proccessor.
Please Help Me- Dr. Feelgood

Answer:Mother Board Replacement Help

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I need to find a replacement Motherboard which I can use a AMD Duron 1.6GHz 266FSB, PC2700 DDR 333MHZ, for WinXP, with intergrated Audio & Video.I have to return the Asus A7V8X-MX SE board due to a widely known fault with this M/board.The motherboard I need to get must come from click here or click hereSo can someone help me in a search for a motherboard which has built in VGA and takes a Duron with PC2700 DDR memory please.

Answer:Replacement M/board help for AMD platform.

I'm a bit puzzled as to why you would want a board with built in VGA, you can buy a graphics card for about £15, not a great one certainly but more than adequate when compared to a lot of the onboard VGA. Anyway have a look atclick herethis is PC index it will give you quite a few companies including Aria and Microdirect although it doesn't give you all their motherbaords but its a place to start. If you go back to the PC index home page you can specify which companies stuff you want to look at if you wish. You want to find a motherboard with vga in the description.

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How to get replacement Mother board from HP

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The systemboard on my laptop went a couple of weeks ago, I found a replacement on eBay with the serial #30L2589 the number on my system board 10L0947. Are these boards compatible?

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Need help replacing HDD.  I recieved a new HDD from Lenovo under warranty. My issue is that my laptop has a 32g mSATA SSD that uses ExpressCache. Do i need to do anything extra when i install new HDD to ensure mSATA still cahces? 


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Answer:HDD replacement (mSATA 32g SSD on board)

Nope.  It will autocache.

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I have a T30 type 2366-86U that I believe has a bad system board (plug in the new charger and the only thing that lights up is the battery indicator- plus I can smell the plastic getting hot- pretty sure its the board) The tag says 236-86U. I can get a replacement real cheap off one of those bid sites but its a 2366-FBU. How interchangeable are the boards? I've been through the KB and read the HMM but there isn't any information about the antiques I'm working with! Anyone know if the two boards (or any other 2366 model) will fit in the machine? Thanks

Answer:T30 system board replacement

They should be entirely interchangeable - a quick search on the support-site shows that all the entries for both computers (both the 86U and the FBU) links to the exact same documents - so I think there's very little difference in these two, apart from the manufacturing date.I might be wrong, of course, but I don't think I am.

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Last night I tried to replace the mother board on my Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop. I bought the replacement part from an Ebay store, and it is still under warranty (90 days). After taking apart my entire laptop and putting the whole thing back together--a job that took my friend and I three hours--we plugged it in for the moment of truth. The battery light came on, so far so good. Then we hit the power button and...nothing happened. Well almost nothing. The machine appeared to turn on. All three lights on the the bottom of the LCD went on, but that's it. The fan didn't start, the monitor didn't start. The hard drive light was on but didn't appear to be reading at all. (i.e. no blinking or noise.) I'm quite perplexed. Everything appeared to go back together perfectly with the possible exception of the diskette drive cable clip, which we weren't exactly sure whether to put back in over, under, or through the disk drive data cable. We eventually put it through. For instructions and pictures of the process, check out link:

Everything else seemed to go back together seemlessly. We were very careful with screws and put all the right sizes back into their correct places. What could be causing this? Have I received a defective part? Are there any other explanations? I suppose a possible explanation is that the processor and/or video board are not quite connected correctly, but they seemed t... Read more

Answer:Mother Board Replacement

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unplugged elect cord of phone from voltage surge protection,computer went off but light stayed on.  I've been told it was my mother board,  This machine has stuff I need and I  would like very much to fix it.  Does anyone know where I can get this done?


A local computer repair shop is the best bet, but for a computer that old, it will probably cost more than it is worth.  Best option is to salvage the data from the hard drive onto a working PC.  Easiest way to do that is to remove the hard drive from the old Pavilion A6400 and connect it to a working PC.  If it is just to retrieve the data, an adapter similar to this will work nicely

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Do I have to disable on board graphics before installing PCI graphics card and, if so, how do I do this ? Presumably using BIOS settings which will frighten the life out of me !!!

Answer:On board graphics replacement.

It may well be that you do not have to disable the onboard graphics just install the new card and see that it is installed. If so shut down and move the cable from the onboard graphics to the pci card.If the system objects then Reboot and press the key listed to go into the bios it is often delete or F1. just enter each page in turn until you see the onboard graphics entry then press usually page up/page down to change the entry it will probably say enable/disable. Press esc to shut each page and then click on save changes and exit.

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Hi Guys, Just a quick question. I had my old M81's hard drive fail on me. I have a spare hard drive that I can use and I like having a my M81 as a spare desktop. I just want to replace the hard drive and install Windows 7 pro on it. However, I don't have the installation disk with me. I only have my Windows 7 Pro key on the machine. How do I go about installing windows again from scratch? Thanks for all your help.

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harddrive is filling up - want to replace with bigger one - when done want everything to look the same as before, i.e.screen icons, files, etc. - want to use ThinkVantage backup software that came with my 400 - here is want I plan to do - please comment -create a recovery or boot CD backup the entire existing drive to an external HDturn off laptop & swap old drive for new oneboot up using the CD created at bullet 1 restore the system I've also read about cloning software :connect new drive to usb portclone old system to new using cloning softwareswap drivesmy concern is that I will be missing something if I use the first method - again, comments appreciated especially if someone has done this using only the tools that come with the laptop. 

Answer:Harddrive Replacement

Hi DonN,I would vote against using Rescue and Recovery as it's very unreliable backup software in my stance, however I'll recommend using cloning solutions such as Acronis etc. Here is a nice guide on cloning your HDD on thinkpads:- this helps.

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hii need to replace my hard drive and would like to know how to choose the right one to buy,the hard drive i have at the moment is made by seagate model no.st320413a

Answer:harddrive replacement

You won't go far wrong with a Maxtor. 7200 rpm. Size - whatever you want.AH

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I was trying to replace my T61p harddrive.  Everything went fine.  Replaced drive, copied the image from the old drive (including hidden R&R partition) and booted from the new drive.  Bootup into Windows XP seemed normal.  But when I try to login it seems to work at first and then immediately goes to the logoff screen and finally back to the ctrl-alt-del dialog box.  I can't seem to get out of this loop. Any ideas why?

Answer:harddrive replacement

Hi ...Have you tried to login after booting Windows in safe mode ?PX

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I have an AJP 3GHz laptop which I purchased 2 years ago and I would like to purchase a 7,200 rpm hardrive to replace the existing one.I could then use the older drive externally for backing up.Any ideas as to which make of harddrives are the most reliable?Regards,Gerry

Answer:Replacement Harddrive

be very careful as laptops are a law unto themselves and standard drives may not fit or work.

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I am replacing my hard drive for the first time and I need to know how to tranfer my data from the old to the new. I only have room for one harddrive in this machine.

Answer:Harddrive replacement

What make/model do you have? You have only one 5 1/2 bay and one 3 1/2 bay I take it? Or are they taken? If they are you will want to temperarily take something out, like maybe the cdrom... you won't be needing that transfering data. If you only have ONE bay of any kind, then you can hook up the old drive to your IDE and lay the drive somewhere, but I wouldn't recomend it, especially if your computer is on carpet. You will need to install the new drive as the master on the primary IDE and the old drive as the slave on the primary IDE. Jumper the drives accordingly (the manual will say how and give the exact jumper settings for your drive). Then turn on your computer and you might want to go into your bios first to make sure the drive set up properly. (as in communicating with the computer) You do this by pressing del or F10 (or whatever... it varies bios to bios). If there are drives in both spots (primary master and slave IDE) then you are good to go. Insert the disk with the imaging software provided by the manufacture of your drive and exit your BIOS. From there, you just follw the directions on the screen, and all you need to do is sit back and push a few buttons every now and then. The software will load and ask somequestions, such as if you want FAT32. If you are using Windows 9x, Xp and all those, choose that one. Windows NT should be NTFS. ect, ect... every thing is explained on screen if you are unsure. You then decide on partitions and image the old drive ... Read more

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does anyone know where i can get a tutorialon replacing a harddrive

Answer:replacement harddrive

click here

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ok. so my fathers laptop broke.
when i power it. it displays these 2 codes.
0271 & 0188
if u look over here. - >
it says all that needs to be done.
i understand that a system board is same as motherboad, just a different term i've never heard of, anyway.. the laptop- IBM thinkpad. A20m.
where can a get a mobo from. and is if worht replacing at all?

Answer:laptop- system board replacement


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What is the right system board for my ThinkPad R52 (1859-4AU)?I know that if the system board?s video resolution does not match the LCD it will not work. The Lenovo site does not have my 4AU suffix listed, only shows it has 1400 x 1050 resolution.

Answer:R52 (1859-4AU) System board replacement

Welcome to the forum!Whether you believe it or not, any R52 board will drive your LCD with no issues.Any board specified under # 18 here, excluding R51e planars, will work just fine: caveats:a) Don't get a board with an IEEE 1394 port since your frame doesn't have that openingb) If you get a board with ATi graphics you'll need a different fan.Hope this helps.

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I would like to replace my motherboard.Right now I have this one:FRU 75Y4066: System board assembly, integrated graphics, iAMT, TPMI would like to buy this one:FRU 75Y4146: System board assembly, discrete graphics 512 MB, SMB, RPTA-c, iAMT, TPMIs it a go?

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the board of my sumsung computer  desktop has gone bad and was replaced  to new  another, but it seem the memory of the neww one is too low, how do i increase it and to what extent?can someone pls helpi am abubakar shayausokoto state nigeria


ok we need more info like specs on the machine OScpuram mobo name for both old and newetc

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I have an x61 tablet. It is a few years old, no warranty. It is a 7767 59U model. Last week I opened the case, it woke up from sleep for about two seconds, then the blue screen of death appeared. Now when I try to start it, I get four series of four beeps. This code equates to "System Board (Security Chip)". The computer stays powered on and the fan runs until I unplug it and take out the battery. I really like the x61, and do not want to spend the money for a new one. I'm looking for an 'economy' fix. I understand that the security chip is on the mother board, and that the error code can be somewhat ambiguous. I did strip down the computer and look for loose components, but found none. It seems that the best solution for me would be to get a used motherboard and install it. Does anybody know of a better solution, or additional diagnosis I could do? The system won't start up at all so the software diagnostics are not an option. What are the odds that another system board would fix it? Then, my next question would be what options do I have in replacing the mother board. There are many available on ebay, but not a 7767 59U. How far from the original can I stray. I'd love to upgrade it to a faster model. Are all the 7500 series boards interchangeable? Do the other components like the wifi card, modem, and HD card care what speed the mother board is? There are 7xxx, 4xxx and 9xxx model numbers for the boards, what is the difference? I would really appreci... Read more

Answer:x61 Tablet system board replacement

the hdd, modem and wifi modem doesn't care about the speed of the CPU.

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Hello, I need a replacement keyboard for an HP Envy M6-1000Found one for a HP Envy M6-K (see link for reference:'s the difference between the two models if any, and would this key board work? Thank you 

Answer:Key board replacement for HP Envy M6-1000

Hello @Nat0822!If you want to change any part of your laptop, please bring it to HP Service Centre nearest your location.Hope this helps. Let me know how this goes. I hope the issue gets resolved without hassles and the unit works great.To simply say thanks, please click the "Thumbs Up"button to give me a Kudos to appreciate my efforts to help. If this helps, please mark this as ?Accepted Solution? as it will help several others with the same issue to get it resolved without hassles.

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[PC Specs]
AMD Athalon XP +2800
2x 512 RAmos DDR
Gigabyte 128mb ATI Radeon 9600XT
SB Audigy 2 ZS
1x 40gig WD Caviar (7200rpm)
2x 200gig WD Caviar SE 8mb (7200rpm)
2-Port Serial ATA/133 IDE Controller Card

[Problem Description]
PC won't boot. Power (when connected to everything) only powers up motherboard and any cards attached to it. IDE drives show no sign of life.
However, if you disconnect IDE cables from the motherboard the IDE drives come to life.
If you disconnect power from the motherboard, and hotwire the motherboard power plug, the IDE drives will power up.

Tried motherboard with 3 different power supplies, same problem with all of them. Can't check CPU as don't have any other boards. Memory is fine, or appears to be as changing them made no difference.

Tried the board without any PCI (except agp graphics) cards plugged in, still had the same problem.

Not sure what else to do.

I moved to London from Melbourne Australia and had to get my PC shipped over. I would have taken it on board as hand luggage, but i wasn't allowed, so I had to have it freighted over as excess baggage on another flight.
It had plenty of padding so I thought it would be fine. It looks as though everything was fine except for what appears to be one largish dimple in the cardboard where it looks like it hit something. So there is a possibility of damage.

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Answer:A7N8X-X no boot, board replacement?

You might try a different IDE cable. Don't know why shipping should create a problem but that would be my next quick try.

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I have an e7450 that has had what I believe to be a system board failure. It is out of warranty so I am looking at replacing the system board myself. The part number is CN-0Y15C1-12963-54I-  A0EF  REV A00.
I believe the original unit has an i5-5300U. Most of the replacement boards I'm finding online have an i7-5600U. 
Will there be an issue using the different processor if the board is still the same?

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I don't think the model will matter, however, mine is a Pavilion Slimline s5510f. With thanks from this forum, I have determined that I need to replace my mother board.  I have found HP support documentation on how to replace the mother board, but that leaves the question as to whether I have to do any type of programming of the new mother board or is the MB more or less a plug and play? Thanks for any help.  

Answer:mother board replacement and programming?

Hi, Actually you can't do anything with motherboard (only updating BIOS which is still in the hands of vendors). What you see is what you get or using your terms: it is a plug-and-play part. Regards.

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I noticed from the following link that the HP Envy 27 All-in-one (2016) has the NVIDIA GTX 950M GPU mounted on a removable board, rather than soldered permanently onto the motherboard: Is it possible to replace the NVIDIA GTX 950M GPU board with a newer GPU, like the NVIDIA GTX 1050?

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Has anyone else had any probelms getting a replacement system board for a T420S?  I have been waiting for a tech to come out on a three week old laptop to replace a bad system board and still am awaiting a backordered part.

Answer:Almost 1 month and still no system board replacement

I would demand a (new) replacement laptop -- especially since you're within the 21 day period.  Get in touch with Customer Care.

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Hi,can any 1 tell me. is the K000033860 New Toshiba Satellite M70 Laptop Motherboard
the same as TOSHIBA EQUIUM M70-173 MOTHERBOARD K0000333860.

or can i get a list of boards that will fit the Equium m70-337.

Answer:Equium M70-337 - main board replacement

I think it is the same. As far as I know Satellite M70 was offered with two hardware configurations:
- Satellite M70 with part number PSM70E and Intel graphic card
- Satellite M70 with part number PSM71E and ATI graphic chip

Your notebook must be identical with PSM70E so I?m 99,9% sure it is the same mainboard so you can use it.

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I need to replace the board of a T410. I looked in the Hardware Maintanance Manual here: HMM and looked at the part list here: System Service PartsBut now I can find a lot of replacement boards with a FRU number which is listed in neither list. I.e.: 63Y1483Is there a more current FRU list? Where can I get information about this FRUs? Thanks for your help.


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Answer:T410 System Board replacement

There is no good list available. It is integrated graphics. Most people don't use AMT or TPM so for most, these don't matter, but I believe (no guarantee) that 63Y1483 has both, so it would work in any T410 with intel graphics.

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I have to replace the system board on my R51 type 2883.  It was previously replaced professionally and the service receipt indicated p/n 39T5510 was used.  The manual on the Lenovo website indicates the FRU P/N is 93P4201.  I am hoping to use a system board I found online, p/n 27K9925 (this site also references p/n 93P4201).  Although I have been searching online for details of compatibility or part number cross referencing, I have had very little luck nailing down whether these are all different part numbers for the same part.  I am ultimately trying to determine if 27K9925 will work for my machine.  Any confirmation or additional information someone can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, 

Answer:R51 (2883) System Board replacement

Welcome to the forum! What is the original 7-character model number of your R52? 

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I'd like to upgrade my laptop to a motherboard with a dedicated graphics card. This is not my first time replacing boards; I've already replaced the harddrive and P6100 CPU with an i7. I'd like to get something with decent graphics processing power. What are my options?

Answer:B560 suitable replacement board

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My original setup included an onboard videocard which copes fine with XP cannot cope with Windows 7 - apart from at the lowest resolution. I am not a gamer but would like advice on upgrading my video card. If I install a new card will I need to disable the old onboard card? If so how do I do this. What type of new card would be suitable foe Windows 7 - bearing in mind that I'm not a gamer, but enjoy watching videos, jpeg files etc. Any other issues I should be aware of? Thanks for any advice!

Answer:On Board Video Card Replacement

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I have a 1 year old Dell laptop Inspiron 1300. Very recently (a week ago), it wouldn't start up -- it just gets stuck at the Windows loading screen. Holding down the power button to restart it would allow me to do a "startup repair" but that doesn't fix it.

I found a few relevant posts on Tech Support Guy, so I followed the instructions provided. Basically, I put in my Dell CD and run the Command Prompt and typed in
chkdsk /r C:Click to expand...

The solution worked and it allowed Windows to load up past the login screen. However, my computer would freeze -- mouse doesn't move, the display seems to have frozen -- at random times. Sometimes, it freezes 2 minutes after I login. Sometimes, it goes on for 8 hours without freezing.

What I noticed today is that right before my laptop freezes, the computer would click a few times then be silent. I was probably unable to hear the ticking because I am used to having a cooler beneath the laptop. I tried running chkdsk /r C: again, but this time, I have rows and rows of file record ######## segment is unreadable.

I am guessing that Dell gave me a very lame hard drive. If it is indeed a hard drive failure, would the aforementioned problems be results or symptoms of a failing hard drive? I would really appreciate a second opinion before I go out and buy a new hard drive. Is there any other way to check / diagnose the problem?


Answer:Solved: Harddrive replacement?

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My T440P Thinkpad fell on the floor and damaged my HDD, I have been able to extract my personal data (taking out HDD and just copying individual folders to my desktop), but this disk seems to be beyond repair, it cant be used for recovery. I am considering buying a SSD and using the Windows 8.1 Recovery Media disks from Lenovo which came with the laptop, question is whether this will actually work. Since Windows was preinstalled on the HDD, i wonder whether the disks have suff. information to install Windows and drivers onto the SSD from scratch. What are my other options?

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has anyone replaced their HD ? does a system backup to CD/DVD include data,programs, websites, desktop icons, etc. etc ? - my goal is to have every part of my system look the same with the new HD - thanks for any insights. 

Answer:Harddrive Replacement Questions

use acronis trueimage to clone the old hdd onto the new hdd. 

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I want to buy a replacement HDD, though I dont know how to check compatability... Basically, I know that my computer has this:I have no idea how to type that out, or how to search for it. Is there a term that defines what I have(see above pic)?Im sure there would be some kind of compatability issue with more new HDDs, so Im trying to avoid that issue I'll be glad to hear any assistance from anyone!  -Navilus

Answer:Buying a replacement harddrive

The smaller white one with 4 connectors is called a Molex supplies the power to hard drives, CD Rom drives etc.The bottom example is an IDE cable...basically carries the data from the devices mentioned above to the Motherboard for processing.

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I have a HP Pavillion x360 (13z-a000) that I bought two years ago.  The CPU is dead.  The computer does not power on and the Caps Lock button blinks constantly (single blink).  I brought it to a local shop and they confimed this but they do not fix HP.  If it is the motherboard, can I just buy one and replace it myself?  Where can I buy the mother board?  How do I find the part number?  
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Answer:Pavillion x360 mother board replacement

Here is the Manual: Service Manual There are 4 different AMD motherboard depending on if you have the A8 processor or the A6 and Windows Standard or Pro. Get the same Windows version as you have or you will have to buy another copy of Windows. Your hard drive installation of Windows will not activate unless you install a motherboard set up for the same OS version. Post back if you need a more detailed explanation. Yours is a CTO laptop so we cannot just look up your original factory specs. You can interchange the A6 and A8 version of the motherboard with the caveat stated above. The Manual shows the "how-to" on replacement. Assuming you have the A8 and Windows Standard this is the part number: 769075-501 This is it on US for $109 which is a pretty fair price: Post back with any more questions.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Hi.Can someone tell me how can I get the system board part/FRU number for an R50e 1842-SVU?  Lenovo support lists FRUs for 1842 Mxx and Qxx only.  Thank you for any assistance.

Answer:System Board replacement number for R50e
you can check the motherboard FRU from your parts list.
You can probably get a replacement board from either ebay or marketplace

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My motherboard died on my X1 Carbon Gen 1.  I sent it to lenovo and the repair estimate was ~$750.  I decided to replace it myself but the part for my system FRU 04X0495 (W8P,i7-3667U,8G,F,AMT,TPM,MT) new are quite expensive.  I found a new systemboard FRU 04Y1988 (W8P,i7-3667U,8G,F,AMT,TPM) at a much more reasonable price and installed that.  I now have a working machine (new machine type 3448-3Y2) but no touchscreen (I assume the MT stands for touch monitor or something).Question, and I think I know the answer, Is there any way to convert or add to my new systemboard the touch screen capability?  I assume it is not just the driver?thanks, 

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Hi, Can you help me? I need to find out the part number and where to order a motherboard for a HP Pavilion G6-2291sa model. I realise these might be hard to find nowadays. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Kenneth

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Hello, I recently bought a faulty Acer S3-391, that I wanted to fix. The problem was with the iSSD board, as soon as you turned the PC on, the board started overheating, one of the chips was faulty, from measuring the heat, I guess it was either power regulating chip, or the ssd controller chip, the device turned off after about 30-60 seconds after that. Since the price of this board is aproximatelly as high as an entire functional laptop, I dediced not to buy this one, but the similiar one, that had a mSATA slot and integrated wifi, otherwise it looked the same, connectors were also the same and it fitted the notebook nicely, everything went smooth, but I encountered a problem when I turned on the laptop. the battery wasnt charging. I measured the voltages on the battery and of the three cells, each had 0.8V, which means about 2.4V together, missing 8V for total 11.1V as the battery specs say so.I left it recharge over 24hours, but nothing happened, any ideas? Thanks

Answer:Acer Aspire S3-391 iSSD board replacement

Was it charging before you replaced the "iSSD board"? If it was, then the board is the problem.Maybe the "wrong" board is causing something to get crossed or shorted.

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What is the correct procedure for replacing the MB battery? Power off? etc. I have a alton m760v MB that reverts back to cmos defaults after being unplugged for a couple of days. Is this normal, I have 2 that do the same thing. Old batteries ?

Answer:Mother board battery replacement procedure?

CMOS should only reset if there is something wrong, or if a battery is bad.

Replacing it is just as you said - unplug power, take out the old one, put in the new one.

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I have to change the motherboard of the above laptop and would appreciate indications on the manufacturer of that part and serial number. Best regards Michel Bellier

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My X1 died on me and, according to the sheet of paper that came back from the repair center, had its system board replaced. Unfortunately, when booting, I get a prompt for a bitlocker recovery key - and the key I have (confirmed with Microsoft) is not working. The key id shown on the recovery screen is also different. I've spent about 40 minutes on the phone now with Lenovo support, and haven't gotten anywhere - how can I get back into my machine? It would appear that, since the hard drive was not replaced, I should still be able to get in with my existing key, or am I missing something there?

Answer:Locked out of bitlocker after system board replacement

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I have an Emachine T-3092 and need to replace mother board and CPU potentially due to a failure. Have not replace one before. Need to know suggested motherboard as I could not find it on E-Machine website. Thanks.

Answer:Emachine T3092 Mother Board Replacement

You will most likely end up replacing everything except the case. Any ATX or mini-ATX board should fit. How many PCI slots do you have now? 3? The power supply should be changed while your at it... Just deside what processor and memory you want to use, and select a motherboard that will run it.

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