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Old 12-29-2005, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default new mother board question(s)

I've got a Dell Dimension 8400 that I think has sustained some type of damage to the mobo. The computer is dual drive and my DVD-RW took a dump about 2 months ago; since then I've been experiencing issues with the PC including faulty playback on the replacement drives that I've tested as well as degraded system performance (both in Windows and during Windows loading, system idle, system usage, etc). In addition, I'm also getting "cheep" (like a bird) sounds coming from what I believe to be the mother board at random times (almost like there is a device conflict, but everything in the system checks out as ok), again.. whether I'm in the OS, idle or active, and when the computer is loading up, pre-OS boot up (which is why I rule out OS corruption).

At any rate, I've tried swapping several DVD-RW drives into the machine (including a stock warranty replacement from Dell) and all exhibit the exact same symptoms. I've also changed out the IDE cable several times, no change. So I now suspect a defective mother board, but Dell is giving me a hard time about replacing this item.

My questions are:

1. does it sound like a problem with the mobo itself, or am I jumping to conclusions?

2. if I opt to replace the mobo on my own, what replacement (that is compatible with my system) should I get?

3. will a mobo swap result in me needing to reinstall my OS and losing all my current programs and data?

Thanks guys!

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