Troubleshooting - Motherboards

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Troubleshooting The Motherboard

-Trouble with the motherboard can spell some real aggravating situations. Not only are you unsure what the real problem but what to fix? If you have narrowed down that your motherboard is faulty you need to replace it. Repairing the motherboard is not to practical. Chances are if your motherboard is bad its probably outdated anyway.

-Here are some common problems that can cause a motherboard to go bad. Read carefully and see if this is your system.

Burn Baby Burn

-Overheating, the motherboard does have a tendency to go bad in warm situations. Heat is the ultimate killer in any system and to any system component. A little heat is fine but to much can be a problem. What normally happens with a motherboard is small cracks in trace wires and chip creep. This is from the motherboard heating up and cooling off. After time this expansion takes its toll on the board.

-Your main sources for heat are usually from the power supply which may be going bad, CPU, and just plain poor air circulation. Get a FAN(s). Having one fan mounted somewhere in the case along with a CPU fan can really cut the heat down.


-Power Surge, you don't want this one. It will fry the whole computer quick. Having a surge protector is a good defense but not the only one. Make sure your surge protector has a way of protecting your power, phone lines, cable (Cable Modem), and anything else you can get a hold of. Even a slight over volt can kill the system. Remember that just the static electricity from you can damage a electronic part.

-Another problem that can come up on the board is simply the battery. This is used to power the CMOS and keep that clock ticking on your system. Ever wandered how it kept time when it was unplugged? That's how through the ole battery.Don't tell anyone about this one though,it takes the magic out of it.

-The tell tell signs of a battery dying is usually the clock not keeping time between shutdowns. Make sure and replace this quickly,you may have a computer that wont boot very soon.



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