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  1. It's a bit beyond my knowledge level technicality-wise, but there was discussion a while back when AMD was going to cut b350 support for zen 2 and people were up in arms about it. It was something concerning physical storage size limitations accounting for more skus - or like, there was leniency in the spec about how much storage was required and so mobo manfacturers ran with it to save a buck - something like that. It's beyond my knowledge level, as I said - but that was my first awakening to the idea that that was even a thing- being able to white/blacklist certain skus from a ma
  2. Wow, that's a lot of fascinating info! Thanks. For my part, the local 8400 I found worked just fine, so either HP mobos are very particular about skus even within supposedly compatible generations, or the 8500 I had was broken. Thanks all for the brainstorming!
  3. @LateLesleyWhat's your thinking on this? It does seem that numerous skus that *should* be compatible on a chipset/socket level are excluded from HP's support list. My original thinking is that they only included skus that they shipped in their own systems with this mobo, but I don't believe they ever shipped both the F and non-F versions of the same sku on the Obelisk. I am going to try an 8400 tomorrow and will update the thread for anyone who stumbles upon it in the future to know whether it worked or not.
  4. Sure enough, if you look under "Processor upgrade information," the 8500 is absent. https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c06124984 I found an 8400 locally for a good price which I am going to try next. I was under the impression that CPU compatibility was handled at the chipset level and thusly immune to OEM fuckery. Guess I was wrong? Still odd to me that the system appears to POST, and the UEFI recognizes it as an 8500 etc.
  5. Hello all! Have a conundrum here and I’m really hoping to get help from somewhere as soon as possible so the machine in question doesn’t get written off and thrown into a closet for eternity. Background, I’ll try and keep it short: I have an HP Omen Obelisk prebuilt with an i7-9700F and 2060. My idea was to snag the 9700F for an upgrade to my personal rig, ship the 2060 to my brother as an upgrade for him, and then swap in an eBay i5-8500 and GT 640 (the hp mobo doesn’t have IGP outputs sadly) and give the HP concoction to my dad as a new office PC. Pretty simple right?
  6. I actually had an identical dimm lying around to substitute which I tried. Because my dad would only be using the machine for office work, I figured he'd be fine with the 1x16GB DIMM that came with the machine (why they ship single channel from the factory the world may never know...) Regardless, substitute dimm had the same issue. Weirdly, trying both (board only has 2 slots) came up with an HP post error code for memory config issues and refused to boot, even though I've used dual channel on that machine before. Now with the one stick back in, I can't get video output to save my
  7. Yeah, nothing needed on that drive. Unfortunately unplugging the SSD from the machine it didn't change anything, still getting "machine check" even with just the flash drive. I didn't even know a bootable installer *could* blue screen. Tried Legacy as well to no avail.
  8. I was not, I was trying to get into the install interface, cmd and then DiskPart clean the old install from there, and reinstall. Can't even get to the selection screen. Although you've given me an idea, will try just the thumb drive without the ssd plugged in and see if I get further - if that's the case I can wipe the other drive externally.
  9. I was planning on installing a new copy of Windows, but can't even get the bootable drive to take (see above.)
  10. Hey all, so here's the deal - I had a prebuilt HP Omen with a 9700F. I took it and transplanted it to a new machine with some other upgrades to use for myself. I took everything else (mobo, psu, etc.) in the original HP build and added an i5 8500 and a GT 640 (no mobo display outs) and was planning to give that rig to my dad. The problem is... it won't boot. Well, kind of. I can get into the UEFI just fine, run HP's "hardware tests" (whatever that amounts to) and everything seems fine. The current drive in the machine has a copy of Windows on it, so my first instinct was to try and boot to it.
  11. I do not have a multi-meter unfortunately, and even then I'd be a little uncomfortable with my own ability to "check" it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Thank you for your input, I can't believe you frequent this forum and still help out where you can, that's wicked!
  12. Bump? I'm seeing conflicting things - reviews for this unit tout easily upgradeability of everything including the PSU, but a couple of forum threads from others with the machine have had issues with different PSUs.
  13. Unfortunately my backups are extremely simple, just "scan and add new files" via Carbon Copy Cloner, no checksums/versioning or anything.
  14. I was able to find an HP Omen Obelisk 875-0160 prebuilt for quite cheap. https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c06365618 <- This is the exact model. I'm typically not a prebuilt guy but it had a competent GPU and was cheap locally. I would like to swap out for a 3070 that I also got my hands on, and thus I'm trying to upgrade the 500w bronze PSU it comes with. The thing is, I don't see any way to verify that the HP is using standard pinouts. For those out the loop, some of the larger prebuilt OEMs will use non-standard pinouts and even occasionally weird mobo form factors and whatnot. With