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Socket Swappable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:18 pm

I have a DG33M04 Board in a Dell computer that I am attempting to fix for a family member. Installed is a Pentium E5200 which I know works. The problem i have is when power is given to the board, the power led immediately goes to its standby (yellow) color and then when I attempt to turn it on, the system fan and cpu fan spin up to maximum rpm and the board just sits there, no beep code even with ram removed. I know its a long shot but is there anything someone could suggest for this? Thanks in advance. :) (Note that even when not using the power button and just bridging the +\- Power leads on the board I receive the same result). SO turns out all the pins were bent, is there any possibility that i could take a 775 socket off another motherboard that has an alternate chipset? I know the chipset isn't partial to the actual physical socket so it should be possible right?
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Re: Motherboard recoverable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:28 pm

to me that sounds like the board does not support that CPU.
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Re: Motherboard recoverable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:36 pm

Pull CMOS battery, Reseat.
Unplug and replug all connections if you haven't already.
Test with another power supply if you can.

On various occasions when I have installed/cleaned my case i forgot to connect the 4pin CPU power line and it would power on and spins my fans and the lights would come on but nothing else would happen. I don't, however, remember if it gave me beep codes.

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Re: Motherboard recoverable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:34 pm

Didn't seem to change anything removed battery, replaced moved cmos jumper, replaced, re-installed all cables, tried two PSU's, no luck. As for the processor, I thought that for a second at first as well, but this is an OEM system so I'm pretty sure it wasn't the problem, tried with a Pentium E2200 just in case but got the same error. Thanks for the incredibly quick replies guys. :)
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Re: Motherboard recoverable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:38 pm

If it doesn't boot with the E2200 as well, it sounds like the mobo is bad. Had it booted, that would point to an old BIOS version, but since it doesn't, it's most likely the mobo. If you still want to poke around the system, inspect the socket for bent/deformed pins or the capacitors around the socket to see if any of them have bulged or leaked. A few capacitors or bent pins can be a relatively easy fix if you feel skilled enough for the job. :wink:
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Re: Motherboard recoverable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:58 pm

Per your suggestion I began to inspect the socket and low and behold, bent pins, all of them. Every single pin is completely flat, compared to another socket 775 board, (different chipset without support for the E5200) bet the cat did it....... Thanks for you help, cant believe i didn't notice the bent pins from the start. :)
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Re: Socket Swappable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:25 pm

icoltsfan94 wrote:I know the chipset isn't partial to the actual physical socket so it should be possible right?

I would imagine it's a lot easier to just replace the whole board. The pins underneath the socket are all solder to the motherboards main PCB. That IMHO seems like a lot of work...
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Re: Socket Swappable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:54 pm

It would be rather unusual for all of the pins to be damaged exactly the same way; maybe it is just a slightly different looking socket from a different vendor. Can you post a pic of the socket?

Replacing a dense socket like this is not a DIY thing. If the socket is truly damaged like you say, the board is toast.
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Re: Socket Swappable?

Postposted on Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:23 pm

The only reason I brought it up was the family member is very against a new system at this point. Too say all of them was an exaggeration yes, but it is quite a formidable amount, I appreciate all the help tenfold and after some browsing on newegg, I have found several replacements that he is happy with the price of, a windows 7 repair disk should get him back up and running in no time.
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