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  1. ok just read old topic here :- https://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/206467-dead-computer-where-to-start/


    and am now a bit confused, did you get that pc working or is it the same one your working on now and think the problem with it is the bios for some reason and not anything else? if so what made you think it is a bios problem?


    this motherboard you want to flash the bios on, you say it's not populated so am assuming you want to use asus flashback feature here :- http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/USB_BIOS_Flashback_GUIDE/


    never even knew such a feature existed till i just went looking at the specs of your motherboard.


    if you want to use that feature then step 3 in my last post when you extract the file it will be




    and you need to rename it to



    or whatever the tech told you it should be renamed and copy that to the flash drive


    step 4 is make sure to insert the flash drive into the correct usb port, look in motherboard guide book if not sure because only 1 of them will be correct and work to flash the bios.

    step 5 would then be to push and hold the button to start the flash as per the guide in above link.


    to be honest though i don't see how you know if the bios works or not either before or after the flashing without populating it with cpu/heatsink and ram (and graphics card if required) then connecting it to a monitor to see if anything shows up.



  2. you need to install cpu into motherboard and ALWAYS!! attach the heatsink and fan on top of it before ever running power through it, even just to test things.


    do your research, cpu's can be sold as a retail package which comes with the heatsink and fan and also the same cpu can be sold without a heatsink and fan. also some cpu's can only be bought without a heatsink and fan.


    eg. i5 7600 with heatsink and fan included, notice model number BX80677I57600 :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117729


    same i5 7600 cpu but no heatsink and fan included, notice model number CM8067702868011 :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA98C5MK9836


    BX means it comes in a box so much more likely to also come with heatsink and fan included, CM means no box so definitely no heatsink and fan included.

    i think all intel k cpu's are now only sold without a heatsink and fan whether bx or cm since skylake but may be wrong on this.


    the cpu you originally linked to didn't come with heatsink and fan. :- https://www.singular.com.cy/intel-core-i5-7400t-2.40ghz-cm8067702867915.html

    so you would have needed to buy one separately and have both cpu and heatsink to hand before you could begin the build.

    also i'd never recommend buying T cpu's unless you were putting it in a low power system. eg. a media server running 24/7.


    i still think you'd be better off building a ryzen5 1600x with it's 6 cores and 12 threads system over an i5 4 core 4 thread system, but the choice is yours to make. the i5 system will still be a good pc especially if you go for the faster i5's like the unlocked i5 7600k.



  3. seems i was still editing and posting my original reply when you added more reply's, sorry about that, it's a bad habit i have of posting then instantly editing it for clarity or more info i think is relevant, so i suggest you re-read it again. :blush:


    visit that site and it should show up in the currency you require, if not change it near top right. thought you was in america when you said a budget of between 600-1000$.


    the motherboard and cpu combo in the build comes to about 325 euros if my price conversion is correct


    for dual channel i'd suggest memory stick's of the same size, but motherboard dependent you can run dual channel with 8GB+4GB sticks, 4GB of the 8GB stick would be accessed in single channel though. with intel this is called flex mode. see this article all about ram. :- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ddr-dram-faq,4154.html#p5



  4. personally i'd base a new build on either the new amd ryzen cpu's or intel i7 cpu's, budget allowing.


    usually the more cores a cpu has the better, along with more ram as nigsy pointed out. i'd skip 12GB though and go either 8,16,32GB just because you can run in dual or quad(if supported.) channel where as with an odd number of sticks(3x4GB) to make 12GB you'd only be running single channel.




    seems we made a post at the same time so didn't see your reply before i posted mine lse123.


    running 4k and 2k monitors will need a powerful gpu, so that will eat up a lot of your budget but i'm sure nigsy can suggest parts that will give you a descent pc for around the $1000 mark.


    even though you already have a 1TB ssd, i'd still suggest putting in a smaller ssd for the os if it can be squeezed it into the budget, while keeping the 1TB ssd for data.


    if you want to try and compile your own build then a good site for test building a pc and seeing if the parts are compatible is this one. :- https://pcpartpicker.com/


    personally i think this build they put together would suit you just fine if you can afford it. :- https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/yDFfrH/great-amd-gaming-build



  5. have you got a link to the bios you're downloading.


    according to a quick search the latest bios is version 2501 and when i click to download it, it is most definitely a .zip file.


    info from here :- https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/M5A99FX_PRO_R20/HelpDesk_Download/

    direct download link of bios 2501 :- http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A99FX_PRO_R20/M5A99FX-PRO-R20-ASUS-2501.zip

    instructions on doing a bios update here :- https://www.asus.com/uk/support/FAQ/1012815/


    so to recap.

    1st download the .zip file.

    2nd format flash drive to fat32

    3rd extract .zip file and copy to the flash drive

    4th turn off pc and make sure to insert flash drive

    5th start pc and enter bios and use it's bios update program to update the bios with the new bios on the flash drive


    and that's it done.


    can i ask is there a reason why you need a new bios? maybe for a cpu upgrade or something? if there's not then i usually recommend people not doing a bios update because if something goes wrong you can end up with a motherboard that won't boot.



  6. i think drinking plenty of water and making sure you're fully hydrated helps, also just wondering if wearing tight socks during the day, the things they give you on long aeroplane journeys and when you're in hospital to wear might help too.


    think they are called compression stockings.



  7. glad to see you home and well again caintry, do they know why you keep getting clots in that leg and is there anything they can do to fix it, what is it the 3rd time you've had a clot in that leg? i know you're on blood thinners and stuff but is there an underlying cause that you or they can do something about to stop the chance of a 4th clot? besides chopping off the leg. :laughing:



  8. :clap:


    just don't stay up to late on the pc and make sure all your school work is done first. ;)



    But parental controls would not shut off the ethernet port. Why does the ethernet port light go out? Even if I block a computer on my router (by the way. I can do it by name, IP address, or Mac address) the ethernet port still shows a green light at the computer and the router registers that it has a connection to said computer.

    not sure tomk, all routers seem to have different settings and ways of working, personally i always set mine to only allow certain mac addresses, i find it easier than trying to block mac's or ip's, must admit can't remember seeing a way to block by computer names on routers i've used though, it's probably there just i've never noticed it.



  9. thought routers blocked pc's by mac address not pc/user names, at least that's always been how i've controlled pc internet access.


    personally i think the parents have blocked it in the router settings, a quick test would be to simply reset the router which would clear any such settings but of course the parents might not be happy and of course there's nothing stopping the parents setting it back up again if that was the cause.


    of course another test would be to change the pc's mac address. :- http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-change-mac-address/



  10. with that software did you follow or even see the instructions from this page? :- https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/solutions/ht501876


    seems straight forward to me, but then again i don't have a lenovo tablet i can run tests on to better guide you.


    maybe it'll be worth contacting lenovo for help, because like you said there is nothing wrong with the hardware of the tablet and all you need to do is install the os rom again to get it working like it was.



  11. thinking more about it and doing a search i found lenovo's smart assist software so you may be lucky and be able to fix it yourself using that.


    download it from here :- https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/solutions/ht117028


    don't know the full instructions on how it works, but i'd think you'd install the software to your pc, connect the tab to it and run the program and follow any onscreen instructions.





  12. when you do upgrades, the instructions tell you to always have the device plugged into a power source, there is a reason for that and it's because when you upgrade what it's doing is over writing the old os with a new one but if it loses power half way through installing the upgrade then the device is left with half of the new os and half of the old os on there which means it no longer has a full set of instructions on how to boot the device to the main screen.


    when you powered off the machine half way through the upgrade because you thought it had frozen, what you're doing is exactly the same thing as if it had run out of power during the upgrade and that is why you were left with a device that no longer booted.


    the only way to fix it is to reinstall the os again from scratch, which means connecting it to a computer and using a special program to flash a new os to it. now i don't think lenovo supply a new os download that you can then use to put on your device and why you're left with the option of returning it so they can fix it or as nigel said maybe installing a stock android os from google onto it.


    personally seeing how it's so new i'd return it and either get a replacement or get them to fix it, if it was out of warranty then i'd look into how to install a stock android os on there.




    It seemed to freeze, so I powered it off and turned it back on,

    sorry to say it sounds like you've bricked the kernel, i don't think lenovo supply a stock rom to download so you can flash the device yourself and install the os again.

    so in my opinion i think your only option is to take it back to the shop seeing how it's only 2 months old and get it fixed/replaced by them.



  14. :tup:


    the x99 replacement, whatever it is (can't remember) will probably be like the z170 and have the pci-e lanes controller separate from the bclk so you won't have that problem then.


    what's the difference in your oc when the bclk is set at 100? and is the extra performance of the nvme drive worth the loss of those htz or is it something that's not really noticeable seeing how it's probably a speed machine anyway.


    must admit i noticed the extra performance of the nvme drive on my daughters machine just because it and the whole pc was so much faster than my daily pc. things seemed to open nearly before i'd clicked on them it was that different and faster to the click pause then open of what i'm used to.



  15. just noticed guns has stopped folding, is that a temporary thing or more long term/permanent like me?


    teams still doing great and pumping out an amazing amount of points though and by the looks of it are still holding it's own in the rankings even with the loss of guns massive ppd production.


    great going everyone. :clap:



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