How to disassemble a motherboard step by step

How to disassemble a motherboard step by step

There are times when we need to remove the motherboard from our PC, either because we want to change it for another or for any reason.

There are several ways to do it, I am going to leave you one of them.

Before starting, I have to say that this little guide is designed to be read and to have the board anchored to the PC at hand, in order to be able to see what I am explaining and understand it.

If you don’t have the plate at hand to see it, there are still things you don’t understand when reading this, anyway it’s very simple although I like to divide everything into many points and it can be scary for beginners,

but I encourage you to do it if you have to because it will not cost you anything and you will find it very easy if you look at these steps:

How to disassemble a motherboard step by step

1) Unplug the cable

The first thing is to unplug the cable from the source and remove it from the current in the house. When you have the cable removed,

do as if you turned on the PC, thus emptying the electricity that is accumulated in the source. Obviously the PC is not going to turn on because it is unplugged, but we managed to empty its reserves.

2) Take photos

Take several photos from various angles of the cables and everything from very close and medium distance,

so you make sure you know where everything goes later, although it is usually very easy, but I like to exaggerate a little so that later you feel that it is easier than you thought

3) Measurement

Take measures against static electricity

4) Remove all power

Remove all power supply cables that are plugged in to something and put them aside well so they don’t bother you.

If you see that the source is going to get in the way, you also remove it, but you still don’t need it.

Note: If the source is at the top and you are going to remove it, be careful when removing the last screw that holds it,

because it can fall on top of the processor heatsink and damage it or damage any other element, simply hold it with one hand while you remove it. the last screw that holds it (normally there are 4 screws)

5) Remove any cable

Remove any cable that goes from the motherboard to fans, hard drives, dvd drive, case, etc

6) Ram

Remove the ram

7) Remove the graphics card 

Remove the graphics card (if you have a dedicated graphics card), be aware that it has a hook on the far right of the PCIe slot that hooks onto the graphics card and doesn’t let you remove

it from the slot until you open that hook’s locking mechanism. These hooks are similar and fulfill a similar function to those that we can find in the slots of the ram

8) graph

Note that the graph is screwed to the box, it’s all very easy, but you have to take it into account.

9) Preparation

Prepare a large, clear and well-lit table, you still need a small lamp or flashlight that you can move. (maybe this should have been step number 1)

10) remove all the screws

Now remove all the screws that go to the motherboard, do not lose any, if you drop one you have to find it because if it is loose on the motherboard it could short-circuit and break the plate if you turn it on.

Magnetized screwdrivers are usually very good for removing screws without losing them.

11) join the parts 

 Some plates, in addition to being anchored to the box with screws, also have plastic hooks, to remove them you have to join the parts that form the pointed end,

so that it becomes smaller and thus remove it again through the hole by where he entered

12) Take out the board

Take out the board, you can use the heatsink itself as a handle to help you carefully remove the board. Take care that the electronic elements do not rub against anything that could scratch or break them.

13) put the board on the table

Now you put the board on the table, on top of a cardboard sheet for example, this way you protect the table and the electronic components and welds of the board that may rub against the table.

Normally everything is not so delicate, but it is better that we take extreme precautions and exaggerate a little in the care the first few times.

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