How To Repair A Damaged Motherboard

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With the advancement of technology, computers are gradually shrinking in size and the most profound impact of this change is on motherboards. A motherboard is also known as logic boards in Apple devices. It is the central PCB in a computer. Nowadays, motherboard or logic boards have become so small that most mobile device repairers consider replacing the part instead of investing their precious time in repairing it.

Consider a computer as a building and the motherboard as its foundation stone. It then becomes clear why any damage to a motherboard can prove problematic, but it is not impossible to repair a damaged motherboard.

So, let us embark on a journey to discover how one can repair a damaged motherboard.

Know about motherboard types

Unless a repair professional has acquired knowledge about different types of motherboards, it will remain difficult for him to take any concrete action.

For example, there are AT motherboards which are the oldest ones and the ATX motherboards that became popular in the 90s. There also exists the LPX, BTX, Pico BTX, and Mini ITX motherboards.

Understand the various components

A motherboard has several components with each one performing a distinct function. Without developing an in-depth understanding of these components, a repair professional can never identify the root cause of the problem in a motherboard. Some of these components are CPU, RAM, BIOS, Expansion buses, and so on.

Have the right repair tools

It is significant to have the right tools to repair a damaged motherboard. Not having the right tools only lead to stress and confusion during the repair job. So, repair professionals must pay attention to gather the right tools that are as follows:

Generic screwdriver set

Portable standalone digital microscope

PCB cell phone holder

Soldering station

Identify the underlying problem

When someone says the motherboard is dead, it is time to think again. It is unlikely for a quality motherboard to get damaged all of sudden unless there is lightning damage. Most of the times, the real culprit is a dead power supply. So, it is best to first invest time in identifying the root cause of the problem.

Sometimes, even if the power supply is just fine, the motherboard may fail to function because of a minor error while assembling its components or a faulty connection. However, if the damage is due to water spillage, using an ultrasonic cleaner can fix the issue.

Lastly, if it appears that the problem diagnosis is taking too much time and even after trying all the troubleshooting methods, the motherboard is not working, it is wise to seek professional logic board repair service from experts.


Source by Jose Martin

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