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Would this fry a motherboard?

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Mar 19, 2001
2 years ago, when I replaced my pentium 100 with my curent k6 2 333 asus motherboard, I kept the original case. It was more than a few years old, and the new motherboard did not necessarily line up in the same bolt pattern as the case...

I removed the metal posts that were in the way. screwed the motherboard in, and noticed it was a bit wobbly... enough to let it ground out on the case...

So bright idea: I took the thin piece of foam rubber that covered the motherboard in the box and put it underneath the board in the case. No more grounding problem, it was stable, and I was happy...

2 years later, I'm wondering if it was such a bright idea to do that... Even though the board has lasted me this long, and it does not appear it wants to last me too much longer, I am thinking of doing the same thing on my next machine...

I'm asking, do you think it was a bad idea, a good idea, or what?

Would it contribute to over heating problems with a 1 ghz thunderbird?

Would it contribute to a potential static electricity build up?

I don't really think that is the case, as there is nothing for it to build a charge against...

Ideas are appreciated...




New Member
Mar 14, 2001
I would recommend a new case, a full tower one with good airflow. If u were to keep old case u"d definately need a good amd approved powersupply 300W min.


Arctic Silver Senior
Dec 19, 2000
You could drill new holes for the stand offs and use nuts to secure them.


Senior Member
Dec 20, 2000
Albany, NY
A lot of newer mobos with higher MHz CPUs generate a lot of heat, and not having air circulating around the bottom of the board could cause you heat problems. If you don't want to bite the bullet for a new case, then you should reposition the standoffs, either through drilling, or using epoxy.


Mar 19, 2001
Coolness... Thank you all for the replies and advice... I'm going to get a new case almost assuredly... I was kind of hoping to add some color to my system like I see on the new systems... black cases, with color accents...

Something I can do with spray paint probably just as well...

Who ever thought beige was a good color for a computer was not thinking far enough ahead...