Troubleshooting PC Motherboard Issues

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Computer motherboard
Computer motherboard

A newly assembled computer may show problems like frequent error messages and problems while starting up. These problems can be caused by variety of reasons like loose connections or incorrect settings. Some of the problems can be caused due to the motherboard.

  1. Check all connections and cables on the motherboard. The connections must be tight and must be placed properly.
  2. Ensure that the motherboard with the CPU, video card and the memory is properly connected to the power supply.
  3. Check the system temperature and ensure that heat sink and fan are working properly.
  4. Check if the power supply is loaded with more devices and components than it can handle. If you have upgraded your system or added a device, the power supply must be able to handle it.
  5. The system memory may have failed. Check the system memory and ensure that is connected and configured properly. Also check if the memory is compatible with the motherboard.
  6. Check the jumper settings on the motherboard. Inspect the CPU for any problems.
  7. Check the BIOS settings and ensure that they are correct. Set the BIOS settings as default.
  8. Inspect the expansion cards on motherboard for proper correction and configuration.
  9. Ensure that the hard disk drives have proper jumper settings.
  10. Check the IRQ settings of the system for any conflicts that can arise during system assembly or addition of new hardware.

If your cache is corrupt or incompatible, it may lead to motherboard problems. Disable cache in BIOS. If the system works properly, then the cache was faulty.If the system does not work properly, check if the cache is installed properly.

When switched ON, the system only beeps or shows POST error
  1. Check POST messages and correct the problem if possible.
  2. Check for perfect connection of socketed chips such as memory modules, BIOS and keyboard controller, CPU etc.
  3. Temporary remove the network cards and other PCI cards from the Motherboard.
  4. If the problem is solved, then replace card one by one and each time check for the actual fault area.
  5. Remove and reset all essential expansion cards and check the interconnecting cables.
Intermittent crashing/stopping of system
  1. Check if the crashing of system occurs only when specific software is executed.
  2. Check for any IRQ conflicts if present then reconfigure.
  3. Remove and reinsert expansion cards and interconnecting cables.
  4. Run diagnostic utility for identifying any hardware problem.
Check for over clock of the processor or bus
  1. System fails displaying parity error.
  2. Run any of the advanced diagnostics programs or software available and try to find out the fault.
  3. Identify and replace the memory module.
Motherboard has a crack.
  1. If your motherboard is new, the crack may have been caused due to pure handling during delivery. In this case, contact the manufacturer and get the motherboard exchanged.
  2. If motherboard is an old one, inspect the mounting of motherboard on the system case. IF the motherboard bends under pressure, add plastic supports to support it.
  3. Do not screw the motherboard very firmly on the plate in order to avoid the cracking of the board.
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