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Motherboard Repair

How Do You Know You Need Motherboard Repair?

There are over a dozen major components in every computer or laptop. So how do you know whether you might need motherboard repair as opposed to anything else? The motherboard of the computer controls all the other devices, that's why it's called the "motherboard." If the processor is the brain, the motherboard is the entire central nervous system of the computer. Problems with the motherboard are usually fairly obvious, though there are some exceptions.


Here are some examples of needing a motherboard repair.


 Your Computer Won't "Post"


When a computer first turns on, there's a small beeping sound. After that, you'll hear the fans whir up and the monitors will turn on. The beeping sound is called "posting," it's when the motherboard actually wakes up and is live. If your computer never gets to that point, it's probably a motherboard problem.


If your computer won't post, there's something you can do. It's called a "reset." There may be a button on your case that says "reset," or you might have to use a jumper inside the case itself (better to take it to a professional). Resetting only takes a few seconds, but it's like rebooting the motherboard from scratch, and can fix a lot of problems almost instantly.


Your Components Won't Work (Even Though They Should)


Components can include anything from a fan to a video card. An easy way to test if it's a motherboard problem is to swap out different fans, video cards, and other items that you can see turn on. If none of them are turning on, then power isn't being transmitted from the motherboard. Thus, you need a computer repair business to replace the motherboard.


You can also swap components into a motherboard that you know works to see whether it helps. If you have a spare computer, try testing your parts in that spare computer. If they all work, it's a motherboard issue.


You Never Even Get to BIOS


The BIOS is the screen that flashes on your computer before your real operating system starts up. The BIOS is stored on the motherboard; you would see a BIOS screen even if you didn't have any hard drives attached to the computer whatsoever. If your computer does turn on but it never gets to the BIOS itself, it's probably a motherboard problem.


Your Computer Randomly Shuts Off


This can be a problem with a lot of things. However, to troubleshoot it, you can take out any non-essential parts to your computer and see if it will stay on. If it still shuts off, it's likely an issue with either the motherboard or the power supply. For most troubleshooting, it's going to be a process of elimination.


Do you need motherboard repair? It's time to contact the experts at JPC Computers. At JPC Computers, we can determine which components of your computer are failing, and get them fixed as soon as possible. A failing motherboard is a big issue, and if a motherboard fails spectacularly enough, it could take out other components, too.

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