Replacing your PC’s motherboard can be a complex and time consuming process especially if you are an amateur and have never done it before. You could get stuck at any step during the course of replacing motherboard and installing a new one. But don’t worry! We are here to help you through all the potential problems that you may face during the process. Replacing a motherboard involves a lot of work and before you even think about replacing it you should make sure that it is actually broken or damaged. You just don’t want to jump in the task only to find that the culprit is not your motherboard.
Symptoms of a faulty motherboard
There are many ways to make sure that your motherboard is damaged and needs to be replaced. Read the below mentioned points to know the steps you should take to make sure that your motherboard is faulty and needs replacement:
Step 1. Pull out all the cards in the motherboard. You can leave the video card if you want. Do this and see if your computer is powering on and working. Remove all the add on parts until you have nothing but the basic parts left which includes CPU, motherboard, hard drive and video card . If the motherboard still does not work proceed to the next step.
Step 2. Reset the video card and hard drive. If that does not help, reset the CMOS battery and remove the jumper marked on the motherboard. Restart the computer, then turn it off and reinstall the battery.
Step 3. Try putting your CPU in a good computer. If everything else fails it means that the problem is either in the CPU or motherboard.
Step 4. If you have performed all the above steps and the situation remains the same, you should replace your motherboard.
How to install a new motherboard
Now you know that the problem is in your motherboard and you are looking for installing a new one. Well this may take some time and skill. If you are not comfortable with doing this on your own, you are more than welcome to seek the help of our experts. But if you have made up your mind to do this on your own, we have provided a complete guide of some easy and simple steps that will help you. Read below the steps to install motherboard in your PC. [Note: Install the CPU or cooler before you start installing the motherboard].
- Check the back panel and see where you need to install standoffs.
- You can use a standoff tool to tighten the standoff.
- The next step is to install the O Shield which you may find at the rear of the case.
- Place the motherboard down on the top of the standoffs.
- Screw down the motherboard but make sure that it is not too tight.
- If you have not installed the RAM modules already, install them now.
- Connect the CPU power leads. Also connect the main ATX power cable to the motherboard.
- Hook up the O switches and LEDs. These switches mainly include power and reset switches, LEDs and speakers.
- The next step would be to hook up the fans to the motherboard pins.
- Install USB, audio and all the other case cables to the motherboard.
- Insert the GPU into the PCIe slot and secure it to the case by screwing the part in the rear.
Perform all the above mentioned steps and make sure that you have installed the motherboard securely. Start the PC to make certain that everything works well. You can also seek our help anywhere you want it.