What are the Symptoms of Motherboard Failure?

(Last Updated On: August 8, 2021)

What are the Symptoms of Motherboard Failure?

Many people usually blame a bad motherboard if they are having computer problems. However, how can you be sure that this is a problem with the motherboard and not with other components? The point is that there are other problems caused by a particular component that could be misinterpreted as a motherboard failure. To avoid misdiagnosing the problem, be sure to read this quick guide, which describes all the symptoms of a not working motherboard.

There are usually not many signs to help you diagnose a motherboard malfunction. First, you need to understand how to recognize the motherboard. Usually, its model is written on top of it.

Either the motherboard works, or it does not; there are only two options. Other peripherals such as fans and hard drives may still work even if the motherboard is not working. However, your computer may not work at all. If you believe the motherboard is to blame, make sure you consider all of the motherboard malfunction symptoms from the list below.

Physically damaged parts:

The first thing you want to do, especially if you have not opened your computer yet, is to check your motherboard physically. It will allow you to check if there is any swollen or damaged capacitor causing a problem. Leaking or swollen capacitors are usually the product of overheating, material defects, or simple aging. If you see a capacitor that is about to explode, you can guess the cause of the problem with the motherboard.

Pay attention to unusual burning odors:

Another serious sign of a motherboard problem is a stinging odor. In most cases, a strong burning smell is a sign of overheating of a component. Connecting an incompatible component can sometimes result in overheating or failure. Therefore, if you installed any component before noticing the problem, be sure to uninstall it right away.

Accidental locks or freezes:

Suppose you have noticed that, your computer has freezes lately. The first thing you should do to fix it is to see if the software is at fault. However, if all software-related issues are already resolved, and then move towards hardware components, including motherboard.

The blue screen of death:

Getting a blue screen of death on your computer does not automatically mean a problem with your motherboard. Often the root cause can be a driver failure or a hardware failure. Now that you have confirmed that your computer’s motherboard is out of order, you might be wondering what is causing such problems. Below are some common reasons why a motherboard may stop working:

Fan failure: Dust can build up in fans very quickly. Thus, causing them to fail. Make sure you clean the fans inside the system unit. At least once a year. There is too much dust in the system. Dust, like heat, can shorten the lifespan of components and the motherboard in general.

Smoke: It is all obvious.

Aging: Things fail over time.

Voltage surges or unstable voltage: Usually in the suburbs or the country.

Accidental drop that exposes components to unnecessary shock.

 

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