Signs Of A Bad Motherboard

Last updated Aug 15, 2020

A motherboard acts as the main connector in a laptop, and controls every vital component. A laptop wouldn’t be able to function without it.

Examining your motherboard for internal failures is a hard task and will require multiple checkups. You may even have to try swapping components such as memory modules, central processing unit and graphics cards, to check if they are causing the problem, because most of the issues detected on a motherboard generally arises from the peripherals placed on the motherboards.

Although, replacing the motherboard becomes one of the options in such cases, you should also keep in mind the expense you will have to incur to do that.

Therefore, before you land up replacing the motherboard, you need to first make sure what is causing the actually problem. Only after you analyze and determine the issues faced and the what caused the issue, will you be able to take the right action.

There are many ways you could self-diagnose your motherboard for faults, in this article I will try and guide you in a simplified manner, so that you don’t have to go through the hassle yourself or get it checked by a technician. Although, keep in mind that it is no easy task and more the number of PC components on a motherboard, the more checkup it requires.

Indicators you should be wary of

You should be vigilant and always keep an eye on your hardware. Below-mentioned pointers will help you assess the situation better.

  1. IF your laptop boots up slower than usual then that could be because of a faulty motherboard.
  2. Usually, your RAM or graphics card stops functioning entirely or partly, if the motherboard is not functioning optimally
  3. If there is a burning smell or heat marks on the surface of the motherboard then that is an obvious cause of a faulty motherboard
  4. If the capacitors seem busted and have a leakage, then clearly they are triggering the issue with the motherboard
  5. If your monitor displays artifacts on the screen, or has a problem recognizing flash drives on all of its ports, then it is because of the bad-functioning of the motherboard.

Now that you know what a failing or bad motherboard can cause, here are reasons that make it go bad or useless.

A motherboard goes bad due to several known reasons and the top-most is overheating.

Overheating can wear down and cut almost any component life in half, as heat degrades hardware and if proper heat sink or heat dissipation is not provided in due time, it can catalyze the degradation process.

In a laptop overheating tends to be a major issue since it is compactly packed and heat dissipation is not that efficient as compared to a PC. Also, in a laptop, all the components are made together which usually results in more heat generation.

But if it’s either laptop or PC, you would still face overheating if you don’t perform your routinely dust cleanup. Dust and other particles tend to grease up on your precious hardware, which eventually clogs up your ventilation system making your PC or laptop harder to dissipate heat, which in turn can result in hardware hazards and malfunction.

The dos and don’ts to prevent a bad motherboard

Although no technology can last forever, with proper maintenance and regular cleanup you can prevent this issue and not only can it prolong the life of your hardware but it will also make them function with maximum efficiency.

You should never at any circumstance poke your motherboard with equipment in case you see any physical damage while the computer is running. Always turn off your device before probing and diagnosing the situation.

Working in an electrical environment can further cause catastrophic failure of the motherboard. So you should be wary of any electrical interference and plug any cords connected to your device to be on a safe side.

If you see grease building up in your ventilation fans and transistors of your motherboard, you need to clean with compressed air, be careful, and don’t use any hard object, otherwise you might chip off sensitive transistors or other motherboard components.

Provide proper ventilation and airflow, and don’t keep your laptop directly on top of a surface that blocks its fans. And for Desktop make sure you have enough fans in your CPU casing to keep your hardware in optimal temperature.

Always handle your device gently and with care, physical pressure put on the system can result in a malfunction of hardware because they are very sensitive and should be handled with care.

Make sure you have optimal power while running your desktop or charging your laptop. Electrical inconsistency can be a major issue and can damage your motherboard. Have a dedicated space for your laptop, with proper airflow and light.

As always, most of the problems can be avoided with proper maintenance, so it is any day better to invest some bucks for regular maintenance, rather than spending more money on repairing the components after they get damaged.

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