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Do I require a new motherboard?

Ok so I had a power surge hit my house and killed my computer. I assume the issue was just the power supply so I ordered one and installed it. It turned on fine and ran for a little while then automatically shut off(it did that several times and sometimes the power would be on and the monitor wouldn't show anything). I googled what could cause that and saw couple problems like check power supply fan, motherboard probably got sizzled, heatsink(check thermal compound). All fans are running fine and I check the thermal compound(buying some more tomorrow because it needs some). I assume it is the motherboard also which leads me to some questions.

1. Could my issue be the motherboard?
2. Could it be in need of thermal compound?
3. ASROCK fm2aa55m-vg3+ is my motherboard but I can't find it anywhere online for sale as I assume it's discontinued and an oldie. Is there a newer one that I can just pop out the old and pop in the new without going through hoops? Thanks a million! Happy

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Sadly I see an OEM Windows OS.

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So when the motherboard dies, so does that license. Don't fret unless this is some HP or name brand. Microsoft will issue a new key. I don't want to waste a lot of time on this as it's well discussed.

So if it is a board, count on the OS reinstall.

This is why I'd try compound first. Also, the shots are nice but they tell little about the make, model of the PC, the old PSU and the new PSU.

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The PSU.

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Most Windows users know that we backup.

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Or we may lose it all. The PSU looks a little "discount" to me with a fairly weak +12V line.

But back to the motherboard. Unless it's the same exact make/model, and even then Windows usually BSODs on startup. Your files are still safe on the HDD but to avoid loss remove the HDD for later after the machine is working and add it as a second drive to copy your files over.

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Discount?

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Discount as in cheap? Lol. It's the exact one that came with the comp and I bought it like 3-4 years ago I think. Any suggestion on motherboard that would come close to what I have/had? Or one that would work with the other stuff I have?

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I see you started a new thread.

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Where to answer now?

But as we know, unless it's the same make and model board, it will likely BSOD and we have to fix that. Most folk can't and install the OS again for the new motherboard.

Because your files are a risk (no backup) pull the HDD and store it away till the machine is repaired. Add the old drive as a second drive.

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I have a...

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I have a Windows Vista OS disc on hand. I'll upgrade to Windows 7 sometime later. If I install a new motherboard how can I avoid the blue screen of death?

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By not using the existing HDD. Price?

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Here a 500GB HDD is under 50 dollars new.

I already answered the best chance to avoid is the same make and model. But that's not a guarantee. Also, if there are other factors like IDE emulation or such, the drive can get corrupted on the boot on the new board.

If your files are to be saved you don't boot that drive. You use it last as a second drive.

Let me be clear that I'm not saying you will lose your files or it will definitely BSOD but chances are better than 50/50 it will BSOD. Many folk can't fix that except to install the OS and thus lose their files.

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At this point...

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At this point losing the files are the least of my worries. I just want it up and running so I don't mind booting it from the current HDD. The exact motherboard seems to be discontinued as I can't find it anywhere. That's why I made another post about another motherboard that would fit with the rest of what I have. Do you have a suggestion on a replacement motherboard? I appreciate all the help you gave me already thanks a million Happy

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That motherboard is your bog standard form factor.

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So will this work?

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Mobo

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Thank you a million!

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I went with ASRock FM2A88M-HD+

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