How Do I know If My Motherboard is Bad? If you don’t plan to upgrade your system in the near future, replacing the motherboard is the only option you have to fix issues. The majority of the components that power your computer are specifically compatible with the particular motherboard model. Additionally, technology is constantly evolving, which means that you may not be able to replace your motherboard with the exact identical model that you currently have. If something about your new motherboard differs – for instance, the size, shape, or even the slots’ position to expand- you may have to replace more than one component. So, it’s essential that you identify all possible issues before changing the motherboard.
We’ve had our fair share of unfortunate luck in the case of laptops with dead motherboards particularly. In every laptop that we’ve ever owned, the motherboard failed before the expiration of the warranty. It’s a great thing that it can be repaired at no cost; however, what happens to the people who destroy our motherboards when the warranty has expired, especially in the case of a desktop computer?
There are several ways to assess the status of your motherboard without needing to visit an expert if you prefer doing things by yourself. This type of PC problem can be difficult to identify. However, excluding all possible possibilities before pinpointing the problem before spending money on a brand new motherboard, particularly if it’s top of the line.
If you’ve recently replaced the motherboard, and problems occur, or you’ve used your computer for some time and then it starts acting strangely, it is possible to assume that your motherboard is defective. The most obvious signs to look out for to determine if your motherboard is damaged include failure to start. The computer might begin to boot, but it will shut down. The increase in Windows problems and “blue screens of death” are signs of a failing motherboard. Computers may stop working in the middle of nowhere, or devices connected to them that were working before suddenly stop performing as they should.
Before you start your computer and play around with the hardware, you can try to fix the issue by focusing on the soft side by looking at the configurations for the system and application. These steps assume you can successfully boot the operating system you are using.
If your system appears to be working fine but suddenly stops working, press any key to check whether it returns to normal. If it happens, it might be programmed to go to sleep after a specified amount of time. Open the Control Panel and under Power Options, check your settings and switch the settings to something more comfortable.
Find out when the system issues started, for instance, if you recently installed a new program. It could be that the application isn’t compatible with any of the components on your computer. Uninstall the program and determine whether the issue persists. If it does, try Windows System Restore to restore to a state before installing the program.
Malware and viruses could cause it to appear as if the motherboard is malfunctioning. Do a thorough scan of all system and driver files. If you have recently downloaded media shareware or files, you should perform the system restore to an earlier point in time before the download.
Make sure the power cable is loose, as this can cause frequent shut-downs. Poorly fitted or loose connectors for your peripherals can also cause problems So, tighten them up.
External hard drives, flash drives, and bootable CDs could stop your computer from starting properly. Disconnect any DVD or CD out of the optical device as well as thumb drives connected through USB. Unplug any external devices, like scanners and printers, and restart the computer. If this resolves the issue, you’ll need to alter the order in which the computer starts in the BIOS settings so that your computer can’t boot from these devices. Check your operating manual or on the manufacturer’s website for directions on how to reset your BIOS.
If you cannot boot in any way, you should listen to your computer as you switch it on. A series of beeps will indicate what the most likely cause is. The motherboard’s failure is typically signalled with a single sound, followed by three or four or five. Four beeps followed by three, two or four beeps indicate the parallel or serial port is not working and could also indicate the motherboard is damaged.
It may be easier to go to an expert when it’s time to test the hardware. If you’re comfortable with the internals of a computer, you can ground yourself to protect yourself from further harm. Make sure that all components are securely in their place. Examine for signs of damage to the motherboard as well as its components. Examine the circuits and resistors for burns or bubbles. If you have spare memory cards (video cards memory, hard drives, etc.), switch them one at a given time to determine whether it has an impact.
If you’re not sure about the insides of a computer, do not attempt to repair it by yourself. You may cause more harm than what you began with. Before you make any changes to the system, note down the current settings so that you can return them if your adjustments don’t work. Examine the warranty of your computer. A lot of warranties expire once the computer is opened.
Motherboard malfunctions are often difficult to determine because they share several signs as other components that fail. When my laptop’s motherboard failed and the whole system shut off, we were unable to get it back to turn on.
One tell-tale indicator is when you press the power button of your computer or laptop, and your computer isn’t turning on or suddenly shuts down. This might not be a clear indication that your motherboard has died, but it’s just as probable that the PSU is inoperable or that your CPU has run out of steam and shut down to protect itself. These are the items you should check before disconnecting everything on your motherboard.
The most straightforward method to test to check the performance of your PSU is to connect it to an operating system and turn it up. If it doesn’t work, then it’s that PSU instead of the motherboard. (Alternatively, If you have another functioning PSU that you have lying around, you could try it on your PC instead). Laptops may have a problem, or the battery is dead. Plugin your laptop using the AC adapter and test switching the device on. If it does, you’re sure that the motherboard is working fine.
However, if your computer isn’t starting or shutting down, you may receive a code that indicates the BIOS attempts to run POST (Power On Self Test). Each motherboard manufacturer has different codes for different hardware problems. That’s why you need to go through your user manual to find out what the codes are. A PC might fail to process a POST for various reasons, including a failing CPU memory, memory, or storage. If your computer can’t post at all or the power light doesn’t come in use, that’s an additional signal.
Of course, you’ll be required to examine the visual to ensure that there aren’t bent or bulging capacitors. This is also a sign that your motherboard has been sent to the huge repair shop that’s in the sky. If you smell anything that smelt like burning, that’s a sign.
If your computer is covered under warranty, you may take it to a repair shop and let them identify and replace it for no cost. If it’s not covered in the warranty, the repair shop will nevertheless order and replace components on your behalf for an additional cost.
It is possible to do it all at your own home. Replacing the motherboard on the desktop PC is simpler than replacing the motherboard on a laptop, but both are doable. For desktops, you’ll need to cut off all the wires and other parts. It’s the steps we outline in our build a gaming computer guide. It’s not meant to be the source of negative news, but if your motherboard is damaged, it’s likely that other parts, such as the CPU, will be a part of it, especially when the reason was the result of a power surge.
But, you’ll not find out until you’ve checked the components. This is one reason why identifying a motherboard issue is so difficult. Change everything to the motherboard you have purchased, and remember to install a fresh thermal paste on your computer. If everything is working, great! But if not, you’re likely having issues with multiple components and might have to replace a lot of components. This isn’t the norm; however, in the worst-case scenario, motherboard and PSU malfunctions create a chain reaction.