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Last resort, motherboard?

by aipoppen / March 5, 2009 4:58 AM PST

I have a custom built computer: Maxtor Sata, AMD processor, BFG video card, ABIB KN 8 motherboard NVidia chipset and I am running Windows XP. I have been dealing with this so long, I can not remember all of the details, but here it goes.
Sporadic things were happening. I have since replaced the video card (I think the fan had gone out and it was over heating). Replaced the Maxtor ATA with a Maxtor Sata. Reinstalled everything (I Think) drivers, windows xp, etc. Last year, I replaced the power supply.
I am not a beginner but I am by no means advanced, but I am willing to try anything because I don't have any money to spend on the machine.
Now, I am using Outlook Express for emails, and my inbox mails just disappeared. I want to install the old drive (because I am not sure anything was wrong with it to begin with, and it has some info on it that I need to recover. I was going to install it as a slave drive. But I don't want to spend the time doing that if I have a failing motherboard. It really is the only thing left that has not been replaced.
Question, Is there some sort of Windows port on the motherboard? Could this be causing issues with Windows?
Previously- video was doing weird things, then it would not boot, then it would boot but would get stuck clocking at windows boot up. I can't remember what else. Just odd stuff.
Also, now I have no audio..
Is there a way to test the motherboard?

Thank you so much

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