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does fried MB = damaged cpu and ram?

by dmjohnson3 / March 24, 2004 2:58 PM PST

If you fry your motherboard does that necessarily mean that your cpu and ram stick is damaged (or fried as well)?

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Re:does fried MB = damaged cpu and ram?
by Willy / March 24, 2004 3:38 PM PST

Alot depends on the area that's damaged. If the burned area is near the memory there maybe a good possibility, its damaged as well. Pure physical damage may only effect the immediate componet only, but in all cases nothing is guarnteed, so take care. Its best simply to move on unless you want to play. Memory, cpus, cards, are best tested on a spare separate mtrbd. or testbed devices. It doesn't pay sometimes to keep "iffy" parts or devices as it may take down newer replacement or just pester its new home, so proceed with caution.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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Re:does fried MB = damaged cpu and ram?
by Droid / April 11, 2004 7:06 PM PDT

Depends what you mean by "fried". I have seen PCs with bad power packs that destroyed everything in the box. On the other hand if you broke it by overclocking, it's probably just the cpu and/or ram at fault. Put one of your suspect parts in another machine and put it through its paces with a benchmark program eg. PCMark

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Re:does fried MB = damaged cpu and ram?
by Keith_C_A / April 11, 2004 8:02 PM PDT

Both Wally and Droid Have said it all. You need to find out "what" is fried". If there are obvious "fry" marks on the motherboard then yeah it is fubar. But no signs of cooking doesnt necessarily mean it isnt fubar. You must remember that it only takes one component to be damaged on that motherboard to render the MB useless. You can spend countless hours/or $$$ on finding out where its fried. That doesnt necessarilly mean the CPU or RAM are had it. To find out do as they suggested. Put them in a working machine but be careful, they could be damaged and cause damage to the other system. Try puting them in a test platform where they wont cause damage. Pay a few bucks for a tech to text them.

Good Luck

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