Steps to Test for a Faulty Computer Motherboard

Motherboard is an essential unit of computer. Every hardware unit on a computer depends upon the motherboard. Most of the problems related to hardware or software is resulted from Motherboard. It is the base of the computer, and controls all the unit inside it. In addition, provides power and process the hard drive, memory, internal cards and peripherals, etc. If there is any kind of threat encountered by the motherboard on your PC or there are signs of a malfunctioning or failing motherboard, then it must be repaired as soon as you can to avoid sudden death of your computer. Here are the steps to test for faulty Motherboard on a computer.

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Motherboard failure can cause BSoD, failure of other hardware unit, peripherals, etc. So it is necessary to test  a computer Motherboard to avoid sudden death of the system.

  • Firstly, visit the motherboard manufacturer’s website to download free diagnostic tools. Upon downloading follow the onscreen instructions to test the motherboard. If a BIOS upgrade is available, download and run it.
    If the system is unable to keep the right time or save configuration settings, then you need to replace the CMOS battery in the motherboard.
  • Restart the computer and press the appropriate key to get into the Setup or BIOS configuration. Note down all BIOS settings. Set the BIOS to default settings.
  • Remove any unnecessary cards and peripherals, like sound cards and modems. Disconnect the hard drive as they equally contribute in failure of motherboard.
  • Pull out the memory and processor. After few minutes, place them gently and firmly in their respective slots. Check for loose connections on chips and jumper caps. Turn on the computer and note whether it powers on and displays a hard drive error. If not, continue to troubleshoot.
  • Test the power supply and video card or even the motherboard by placing them on a working computer. Test the computer again. If it powers on, replace the components one at a time until you find the one causing a problem. If the units doesn’t function then replace the faulty unit.
  • After replacing components one at a time until you find the card causing a problem. Turn on the computer. Enter the BIOS configuration screen. Configure the settings to the previously noted BIOS setting.

Other symptoms indicating a failing motherboard are frequent beeping, noisy computer, overheating, malfunctioning of other units, etc.

Replacing motherboard is the solution for a faulted or dead one. Upon replacement you can find that your computer functions properly.

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