Computers are hardware that in the modern world this time can no doubt be very important hardware in various lines. One component that is on the computer is the motherboard. Motherboards have a very important role in a computer system.
Motherboards, also known as mainboard, or other technical terms in the context of Indonesia are mobo, actually a PCB, a Printed Circuit Board or also called a circuit board that has a function as a main connector and cross section to arrange all the components needed to run a computer. There are many types of motherboards, but in principle, the motherboard consists of several sockets and ports that are needed to put various kinds of hardware on a computer such as RAM, CPU, VGA, IC, and so on, which support the motherboard’s function on the computer.
As with other computer hardware, this one hardware can also be damaged. And if it is damaged, usually the cost to repair it is not small, even when the motherboard is damaged, people usually prefer to save to buy a new computer rather than spending enough money to repair the motherboard. In addition, damage to the motherboard often overlaps with damage to other devices.
To find out if your motherboard is really damaged, then you need to know the characteristics of the motherboard damage, the characteristics of the motherboard is damaged, and the cause of damage to the motherboard, as well as applying several ways to find the damaged motherboard below that you can do independently. Already ready to find out right? Let’s discuss below!
- Observe the computer’s heat level at boot-up
Under normal conditions, the average computer that is still functioning properly will feel hot when it has operated for more than a few hours, especially when we use the computer to run heavy applications. However, when the motherboard is in trouble, one of the symptoms that arises is that the computer will feel hot even from the start.
The increase in temperature so that the computer feels hot can be caused due to damage to the chipset IC on the motherboard and or IC that is on the PSU, causing the temperature of the computer components to become hot.
To ascertain whether the damage is true to the motherboard IC you have, there are a number of things you need to do. The first time of course you have to disassemble the computer, then make sure that the components inside your computer are properly connected so that nothing is loose or not installed. Also check fan rotation, heatsink conditions, various chipsets on the motherboard, etc. that deal with computer cooling system problems. Also make sure that the cause of the laptop is hot when you have a laptop, it doesn’t happen to your laptop.
After you make sure that there are no components that are not properly installed and that the cooling components are fine but the problems that arise are still the same, especially the appearance of excessive heat in the chipset area, then chances are that the motherboard you have is damaged.
3. Observe BIOS conditions
Another symptom that will be seen when your computer breaks down on the motherboard is the emergence of system BIOS problems that your computer has. Either light damage or severe damage, damage to the motherboard is very vulnerable to affect BIOS conditions.
Some BIOS problems that are usually caused by problems with the motherboard are as follows:
The BIOS cannot be accessed in various ways
Unable to continue the use of the computer through the BIOS aka stalled in the BIOS even though there is an operating system
The computer is on but a blank screen, nothing appears because the BIOS is damaged
The computer turns on but only stops the BIOS logo and cannot be operated further
and so forth.
If you experience some of the problems above, it is likely that your motherboard and BIOS will experience problems that need to be resolved gradually. To fix this, you have to reinstall the BIOS and fix the physical problems on the motherboard that can cause damage to your BIOS itself, and ensure that the CMOS function is running as it should. If you are worried that you cannot do it, it is recommended to hire the services of an expert technician so that the condition of your motherboard and BIOS is not getting worse.
4. Observe the condition of the CPU fan and or processor
On a motherboard that is experiencing damage, especially on the chipset or on other regulator parts, one of the symptoms that will emerge is the failure of the CPU fan and the processor fan or functioning but not functioning properly. This can occur because of a power failure on the fan caused by damage to the motherboard that you have.
When it is ensured that the CPU fan or processor fan inside your computer is not working perfectly, then the step you can take is to find out which side of your motherboard is damaged, then replace the component. In some cases you need to replace your motherboard as a whole because the damage experienced does not allow it to be handled manually.
5. Observe the beeps on the motherboard
One of the characteristics that your motherboard is experiencing the most common damage is the appearance of a beep-like sound when your computer is first turned on. It’s just that the beeps can show other problems besides the motherboard problem, so you should pay attention to them properly. You have to find out what the beep sounds are and what the beep sounds are issued by the motherboard you have. To find out what the sound means you can refer to the user guide of your motherboard that is usually given or if there is none you can search on the internet.
6. Observe whether the computer often dies alone or not
Damaged motherboards will usually be difficult to maintain a stable power supply or experience other problems that cause the computer will often die itself when we use it. In other words, if your computer often turns itself off, then turns on itself and turns itself off and on again and again, then there is a possibility that your motherboard is in trouble, even though there is also the possibility that there are other components that cause your computer to die itself.
Then how to prevent the motherboard from being damaged? Of course you need to know why the motherboard can be damaged. Apart from knowing why the motherboard is totally dead, you also need to know some of the causes of the motherboard being damaged:
Overheating of the processor
Damage to the IC
Less or excessive power supply
and so forth
Meanwhile you can apply a number of things below to prevent your computer motherboard from being prevented from damage. These steps are as below:
Ensuring the temperature of the computer is at a reasonable level so that no overheating occurs
Keep motherboard components away from dusty locations that can hinder the cooling process
Avoid dropping the motherboard hard
Check regularly that every component on the motherboard is properly connected to the socket
Use a volt stabilizer to stabilize electrical power and voltage so that the power supply that enters the computer is stable
Those are some ways to find out which motherboard is broken that you can do independently at home. Congratulations on taking care of your motherboard!