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06-07-2011 01:15 PM
I have two HPs, a Pavilion 93950f and a Slimline s5360f. The latter failed with the same problem that everyone has reported here, and then the former suffered the same fate two weeks later! Both have the M2N78-LA motherboard (though different revisions).
Trying to decide if it's worth replacing the motherboard in one or both. There's a lot of good hardware in the two machines, and I like the cases on both--but don't relish the idea of two motherboard-ectomies. Plus, the Gigabyte board that many people are recommending as a replacement seems to be sold out or backordered nearly everywhere.
Has anyone successfully replaced their board in either of these two models? If so, what exact make/model did you use, and how did it go?
06-07-2011 06:43 PM
As the HP s5360f has only been released on December 23rd 2009, your PC shouldn't be too old and I guess it's been out of warranty only by no more than a couple of months.
If I were you, I would follow this link http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/execteam/email/ceo/index.
Maybe you'll get lucky. Give it a try it may worth it.
... And keep us posted!!!
06-08-2011 08:53 AM
Sent the CEO a message. My granddaughters' machine (a P6130y) has the same motherboard. When entering the BIOS setup it reports no drives. Video still works when started cold.
06-08-2011 12:58 PM
Re: m2n78-la motherboard again.............
I just had my motherboard fail on my m9517c after a year of running fine. It power cycles three or four times after turning it on and then tries to boot. It gets past the splash screen and then freezes. The mouse LED goes out and only the fans are on. Once it boots I can F10 into the BIOS setup, or I can use the HP splash screen menu to run diagnostics and it passes all diagnostics but can not load any OS from CD, flash or disk. The power supply seems to provide all voltages at rated values. Nothing to do but replace motherboard. Other forums report similar problems. Non-tech computer owners are not in a position to report to forums and I suspect this problem is under reported. I feel very strongly that HP should step up and provide at the least a new compatible motherboard.
06-08-2011 10:11 PM
My HP p6210f died after 1 year and 5 months. It won't boot and after much testing I believe it is the m2n78-la motherboard. I purchased m4a785-m for replacement, re-using CPU and DIMM's. Two front panel connectors have nowhere to plug in on the m4a785-m motherboard. Any advice on where to purchase a patch cable to mount to the system panel connector?
06-09-2011 10:07 AM - edited 06-10-2011 07:52 AM
News of the shocking: I used the CEO/escalation link someone provided earlier, lodged a complaint (using simple, non-hostile language and explanation), and received a call the NEXT DAY from a very friendly customer rep. (Ironically, the call came about 30 minutes after I broke down and ordered a new motherboard.)
There were apologies aplenty from her and the case manager I eventually ended up talking to. However, because one of my two failed systems was a refurb and the other was out of warranty, the best they could offer was 50 percent off on the repairs--which I declined.
Not happy with the two dead systems, but do appreciate the overtures.
UDPATE: Half an hour after I hung up with the case manager, he called me back wanting to know if I'd ever updated either BIOS, as that's a known issue within HP that can cause system failure. I said no, he put me on hold for a few minutes, then came back and said he was going to REPAIR BOTH MACHINES free of charge. Holy smoke! Already received e-mails with the repair-order confirmation. Now let's see if they actually get fixed!
Pretty impressive. This definitely restores a lot of faith in the company.
UPDATE #2 (next day): Shipping boxes arrived from HP today. Yep, they overnighted them. And they're giving me priority shipping, repair, etc. I'm kinda startled by the level of service I'm getting. YMMV, of course.
06-13-2011 06:41 PM
My Asus m2n78-la motherboard died and I replaced it with M4A785-m. My computer powers up and sends me into Windows recovery or Windows startup repair. I cannot get to a Windows desktop. I am able to get into EZ Flash 2 Bios Facility but I can't figure out what to do within this utility. The M4A785-M users guide isn't helping me. I have inserted the CD that came with the new motherboard.
Any advice on how to setup bios and how to recover Windows 7?
06-14-2011 12:52 PM - last edited on 06-14-2011 01:50 PM by SedonaF
I am not technically gifted as most of these people commenting so I cannot just order another motherboard and fix it. Nor should I have to. This is ridiculous that HP made a completely defected product and is doing nothing about it to fix or replace it.
06-14-2011 08:38 PM
Because you replaced the motherboard with another one that didn't come with your computer Windows Recovery comes up. It will not work for the same reason - the non OEM motherboard. For a workaround following the link on page 7 posted by paydaysomeday. The workaround is for Vista but the folders and files should be the same for Windows 7 so it should work. Your other option would be to purchase a new Windows 7 OS or to use one of the free non MS operating systems (see my post on page 8).