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Determine if Your Motherboard Is Dead

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How to know if my motherboard is working?

When I turn ON my computer it has nothing displayed on the monitor and also no beeps and I removed the RAM and I placed it again and nothing happened. How to fix it? Thanks!

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Before determining if your motherboard is what causing the problem, you should first check the hard drive (or hard drives), the graphics card and the power supply. Checking the RAM was a good idea because that is often what causes problems, but usually not start up problems like that. If this just happened all of a sudden it is likely some kind of lose cord or a broken component, like your graphics card, CPU (processor) or hard drive, but those types of things don't just suddenly break normally, instead they tend to give you signs of wear and eventually die. However, if all of this stuff is new and your motherboard is new then it could easily just be a defective part.

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Without being able to turn on your computer at all it will be hard to test any of that, but first check everything you can before assuming it is the motherboard because that is the major piece of hardware in your computer that everything connects to in some way. If you check everything and make sure it is all in correctly, then you'd have to go through the painful process of returning and getting new versions of whatever piece of hardware you suspect to be malfunctioning. In this case you would probably just start with the motherboard and then go through piece by piece in order to try to determine which part is specifically malfunctioning or defective.

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My question is about a tablet. and I would LOVE some insight?

I have a Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition. It is the love of my life. The charging port messed up on it so I tried to charge it a really stupid way through a cable directly to the battery. I ended up frying the battery. So I got a new charging port and new Samsung tablet battery, installed both perfectly, the tablet shows that it charges if I plug it into the wall charger, but when I turn on my tablet, it says within less than a minute of turning it on "your tablet is overheating. all processes have been terminated and tablet will shut down to prevent overheat" the tablet does not feel hot, this is the same thing it was doing before I got a new battery. what do I do? I really want some application data off of it

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Dell inspiron n5030 dead after splice with glass of cola?

The owner of the notebook dry it for 2hours with hairdryer and now I'm trying to power it on but unsuccsessfull. most of the parts on the MB are OK tested . There is power in it 19.5V, 5V and 3,3V somewhere 1.6V and somewhere 0.9V. The CPU GPU and the MBChip are heated when I plug the charger . when I put in it a pci-e debug card (cheap Chinese one) it shows me a 0. on the LED display and a reset status on RSTdiod.. Can you give me an advice please?

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My Sony Vaio Laptop does not turn ON at all. Is my motherboard dead?

My Sony Vaio laptop, not one but two have recently stopped working completely.

Laptop 1: The laptop's battery wasn't giving much time and would go down in less than 15 minutes. It also had heating problems as it was over 4 years old. It stopped turning ON. The laptop did not respond to the charger nor other chargers (no signs of charging nor turning ON as none of the light indicators turn ON) as well as with the new battery I bought for it. I also tested the motherboard for voltage and it showed no response to the voltmeter.

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Laptop 2: The laptop was heating up in just a few hours of use and it was working well before it stopped working completely. It stopped charging and then hasn't responded at all after that. I've not been able to check for the motherboard as I don't have the voltmeter with me at the moment.

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Are both of the motherboards dead?

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The above questions are from the following wiki...
Determine if Your Motherboard Is Dead
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Need to confirm something in your article "Determine if Your Motherboard is Dead"?

In the above mentioned article you indicated that hearing a RAM error beep.."we could deduce that the motherboard is not dead". Our computer did not produce a POST beep but did produce a RAM error beep. From then, we proceeded to do almost all of the diagnostics you suggested in your article (very thoroughly), with the exception of step 7 and 9. Is a piece of cardboard good enough as an insulated surface? Is checking for shorting or grounding issues only done visually or is there another way? I don't think my situation is different than what is covered in the article...I just wanted clarification that if the computer does not produce a POST beep but does produce a RAM error beep, and also when powered on the lights on the tower turn on (but nothing else), does this indeed confirm that the motherboard is NOT dead? I have tried: From your article: Steps 1 through 6 and Step 8 - very thoroughly.

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Please clarify if a RAM error beep indicates if the motherboard may not be dead or is it possible to hear a RAM error beep and the motherboard still may be dead? I think it was caused by: This was a second hand computer purchased with no RAM or hard drive, the power supply had been installed backwards (which we rectified) but we were told that the motherboard had been purchased and installed in the case by a professional.

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My Toshiba Satellite Laptop - L850 model is dead?

Hi, I have a Toshiba Satellite L850 model which I presume is dead. It has 3 LED lights indicators; the first one indicates that the machine is operating on battery or on AC charger, the second indicates that the machine is on, and the third indicates it is on WiFi. When I press the power button, it powers ON but the screen is black (no splash screen of Toshiba, or BIOS information, etc..). I can hear the noise of the fan, the hard disk spins, but no rattle of the hard disk. The first and second LED lights are also ON.

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My diagnostic are as follows;

1) I tried to remove the battery and re-insert it back and powered it ON, no screen.

2) I tried to remove the battery and use direct AC adapter, no screen.

3) I connected the laptop to an external monitor via VGA, no screen.

4) I removed the hard disk and disc drive, no screen.

5) I swapped to another same model RAM, no screen.

6) I removed the CMOS battery and installed a new one, no screen.

7) When I press the power button while the system is ON, the laptop switch OFF instantly.


I tested the RAM, AC adapter and LCD screen onto another machine and they are operational. Unfortunately I couldn't test my CPU.

My conclusion: the motherboard and/or the CPU might be dead.

I want to repair my laptop. My question, how do I know that the motherboard is faulty or the processor? Best regards

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Is my motherboard damaged or is it the LCD screen?

I have this HP Pavilion laptop, it was on and then all of a sudden the screen turned white, at the time music was playing on my laptop and continued. Everything just froze so I pressed and hold the power button to restart it and now the power button light turns on but the screen doesn't turn on again

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What may be causing a Dead Desktop?

I was watching a movie and my desktop suddenly died on me. Now it won't even turn on. Won't even turn on the supply. What may be causing the problem?

In this case it is the Power Supply Unit.

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Is my Acer E-157-1 Motherboard dead?

When I press the power button, I see nothing except the power led on for 5 seconds and goes back off. Is my motherboard dead or its just my processor fan that could be dead and so my system is refusing to power on to prevent the extremely high temperature?. It started when I was watching a movies with my charger plugged in and suddenly the laptop started to heat up exponentially and went off.. . I can see the battery charging indicator turn on when I plug in the charger.. The laptop doesn't turn on either when I remove the battery and try to on it. Its the same behaviour as when there is the battery fitted in.

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Moto G 1st Gen Mobile is dead. Only notification LED turn ON and goes OFF after few seconds if I put for charge?

Hi friend. I had to charge in my friend's car. As soon as I plugged the USB, Display went blue and mobile went OFF. It didn't turn ON afterwards and it is not responding to the buttons. I tried pressing power button for more than 5 minutes and also tried pressing power button + volume down button. I tried all possible combinations (with+without connected to charger) but none helped. People say my motherboard is dead/short circuited when I plugged in CAR USB. If that's the case, my friend used to charge in car daily but he has not faced this issue. And if motherboard is dead, How could notification LED alone comes and goes off. Kindly help me!

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My monitor says no input signal?

I left my PC off for about a month and then turned it on but all the fans and processor as well as the other devices seems to be working well but the monitor says no input signal. I have tried resetting the BIOS and have also removed the RAMS and Processor but to no avail. Please help me.... SPECS. ASUS P5N-E SLI board. Core 2 Duo . GTX 520 card . DDR2 3Gb. HDD 250Gb

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Test entered on 01/18/2016 at 10:04:54 AM EST (GMT-0500) by DJ Dodd: Currently transferring about 39 GB of data to the backup. Entered on 01/18/2016?

Test E at 9:38:45 AM EST (GMT-0500) by DJ Dodd:

The chkdsk completed and it did not find any errors. Going to start verifying the data backup now. Entered on 01/15/2016 at 4:55:58 PM EST (GMT-0500) by Brajon Andrews: chkdsk has been started. Entered on 01/15/2016 at 4:55:49 PM EST (GMT-0500) by Brajon Andrews: When reviewing the data backup there was a lot of data missing. Data was missing in the

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I have the info I need. Great website - Thanks?

No beep on motherboard - nothing. Going to breadboard and check cmos - MARK

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Micromax GOLD A 300 IS NOT SWITCHING ON AFTER UPDATING SOFTWARE?

FEW DAYS AGO IT SUDDENLY TURNED OFF AND NOT SWITCHING ON.

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Lumia 625 not powering on, battery drains & on/off switch not working, want to check by direct DC supply?

How power on Lumia 625 without battery & on /off switch by sorting on board. I am searching Google from last 6 hours for this solution, but found. I have tried: I try boost battery & then put in charge but still not on. I think it was caused by: Maybe battery needs to replace or dead motherboard

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