How To Fix A Motherboard
Has your computer gone out and you need to know how to fix a motherboard? A failure of a motherboard will make a computer impossible to use because the motherboard is what makes a computer processes information and run. A motherboard is located inside the computer cabinet and most motherboard problems can be repaired, which will keep you from spending a lot of money having to buy a brand new motherboard. You should have some knowledge about the hardware of computers or have the help of someone that does. Follow the steps below to learn how to fix a motherboard.
To fix a motherboard, you need:
- Screwdriver set
- Air compressor
- Solder kit
- Remove the cover of your computer and detach the motherboard. Unscrew the case to remove the cover. Locate your hard drive, a steel rectangular device, and locate the motherboard by following the ribbon case attached to the hard drive.
- Detach and remove the motherboard. Detach all cables connected to the motherboard and note their position for re-installation later. Remove the motherboard from your computer once you have detached all the cables. Use the air compressor to carefully clean the motherboard.
- Visually inspect the motherboard. Look for any blown fuses, any possible loose pieces or any other noticeable problems. Fuses are easy to identify because they are clearly labeled. Any damaged fuse can easily be seen because you will see signs of melting, back coloration and other physical damage. Do not attempt to remove any loose pieces, just note the serial numbers on the piece and where they are located. Determine what has come loose by carefully examining the soldering piece.
- Re-solder any loose connections. This is where you need to have someone with experience. This is a very delicate operation that will require extensive experience in building complex circuits to help avoid damaging your computer while you re-solder any loose connections. Avoid applying too much heat for an extended period of time to any area of the motherboard. When re-soldering, use the least amount of solder possible to reestablish the connection.
- Allow to solder to adequately cool. Once the solder has cooled, reattach and reconnect all cables to your motherboard. Replace the case on your computer and test your computer to make sure the motherboard has been fixed.