Here are some characteristics of a damaged motherboard that you need to know so that you can immediately analyze it before making a decision and making an inappropriate repair.
Motherboard or Main Board is a very important computer/PC component, because this component is the home and foundation for other main components such as CPU, RAM, Power Supply, Hard disk, and graphics card.
Therefore if the motherboard is damaged, it will be certain that your PC will not be able to run properly and will affect performance, or even die completely.
But, how do you know if the Motherboard is damaged and not other components? In the following, Computory will provide some signs, symptoms, and characteristics of a damaged motherboard so you can identify it.
Symptoms of a damaged motherboard
Motherboard failure is one of the most challenging problems a user or technician can face as there are a number of variables to consider.
To solve this problem, a technician usually has to eliminate several other software and hardware causes. Usually, there aren’t many signs that can help you diagnose motherboard failure.
However, some of these symptoms can be a sign that it is time for your motherboard to be replaced, including the following:
1. There is physical damage to the Motherboard
The first thing you do, is check the physical condition of the motherboard. This will allow you to check if there is a swollen or damaged capacitor causing the problem with the motherboard.
A leaky or swollen capacitor is usually the result of overheating, a material defect, or the motherboard is too old.
2. There is a burning smell
Another symptom of a problem with the motherboard is the appearance of a burning smell. Generally, a very strong burning smell is an indication that the component is too hot. Sometimes, plugging in an incompatible component can cause overheating or damage.
So if you’ve installed any components prior to the burning smell, be sure to remove them immediately. You can’t just randomly attach components to the motherboard, so be sure to consider checking compatibility first. Connecting an incompatible RAM or video card for example can cause severe problems resulting in permanent damage to the motherboard.
3. The computer often freezes or totally shuts down
If your computer starts to frequently hang or freeze during operation the first thing you should do to troubleshoot it is to see if there is a software problem.
However, once you’ve ruled out all software factors, the next thing to do is consider other hardware variables, including the possibility that the motherboard may be damaged.
4. BSOD (Blue Scene of Death) Appears
Having a BSOD on your computer doesn’t automatically mean there’s a problem with the motherboard. Most of the time, the main reason may be bad drivers or hardware failure.
If you can, note down the error message, especially an error code that looks something like this (0x000000 (0x000000,0x000000,0x000000,0x000000). Once you have the code, use Google to research it to see if it says anything about motherboard failure.
5. Some devices stop working for a while
One of the other characteristics of a damaged motherboard is if a device such as a keyboard or mouse stops working for a few moments, of course, if you have made sure there is no problem with the cable or battery.
6. Computer boot time becomes very slow
A damaged motherboard can also cause the computer to load very slowly, especially during initial boot because that is the stage where the motherboard will perform a POST (Power On Self Test) to identify embedded devices such as the amount of RAM, hard disk, and availability of keyboard and mouse. , before loading the BIOS.
7. No POST occurs
POST is usually marked with sounds like “beeps” when the computer is turned on, and sometimes on some motherboards it is also accompanied by writing on the screen. If that doesn’t happen at all even though the fan is on, then it is almost certain that there is damage to your motherboard.