Laptop Motherboard Repair: Causes & Signs of Motherboard Failure

One of the worst things that can happen to your laptop is the motherboard failure often resulting in laptop motherboard repair. If the motherboard is damaged and is beyond repair, you would need to consider buying a new laptop. This is, of course, necessary as the motherboard of a laptop is very expensive and not covered by a warranty, so the better option would be to buy a new laptop.

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But before you conclude, thoroughly assess the motherboard damage, for you need to decide between two options laptop motherboard repair vs. a new laptop.

Signs of Motherboard failure

  1. You have switched on the computer being indicated by the light and fan also starts to spin. But there is a complete blackout on the computer screen with the hard drive not working within 10- 15 sec.
  2. The initial start-up functions appear like indicative light, fan, and hard drive sound, but disappears after a while, i.e., 5 – 3 minutes.
  3. A high pitched sound comes from the laptop when you press the “on” button.
  4. The last one can be that even when you have switched on the computer, nothing happens.

Causes of Motherboard failure

There are numerous reasons why a laptop’s motherboard would fail. But some common and often unlooked corners include:

  1. Electric and voltage fluctuations
  2. Dust particles, smoke, laptops age
  3. Fan failure often causing overheating issues
  4. Crash or physical damage

Even the signs of motherboard failure mentioned above need to be looked into; there are some exceptions to be looked when checking for laptop motherboard damage and they include:

  1. The black screen could be an indication of a possible backlight problem. In-between the hinges there is a button which acts as an on/off switch for the laptop’s backlight. This buttons automatically get switched off when the lid is closed. However, sometimes it gets stuck. Therefore first pull the laptop’s lid back and forth, if it is still the same then take a pin, find the switch and gently tap it. If even this doesn’t work, possible you need a laptop motherboard repair.
  2. If your laptops get switched on for a few seconds and then dies out, it could be due to the battery being exhausted. First connected to the power outlet and then switch it on. Also check for connection cables, if it still not works there could be two reasons. First, your adapter might have been damaged, get it checked. If that’s not the case, then the possible failure could indicate a laptop motherboard repair.
  3. Often resetting the RAM and CMOS or updating the BIOS could save you from motherboard laptop repair.

As for advice – if you’re no expert in laptop hardware, but you know your motherboard has failed- Always go for a professional Motherboard Laptop Repair.

The author Anna Watson has experience in Motherboard Repair and likes computers, video games, gadgets, movies, television, blogs, and web design.

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23 Comments

  1. Geuser

    Complete guide my arse. Amateur shite. Get a grip will ye

  2. Anonymous

    laptop motherboard is hard to find/replace except for desktops, if that happens to me I’d rather send it to the company and have it replace. less hustles 😀

  3. Nigsy

    Poor, poor advice. Bordering on wrong!!

  4. redk9258

    This article seems like it is for the sole purpose of giving a link to a business for repair services instead of anything useful. I would think launching the manufacturer’s diagnostic utility to run tests would be a good thing to do first. Then you can determine if you have hardware or OS problems.

  5. Jim

    A Complete Guide To Laptop Motherboard Repair…seriously?

    This article was just a gag like the “IE users are stupid…” piece right?

  6. Caffeinedependent

    What a load of rubbish – take it down already!

  7. sony laptop screen repair

    Ya its better to seek a expert to have motherboard replacement rather doing yourself ..

  8. laptop video card repair

    All the points about the cause and signs of mother board failure are explained very clearly, which helps a lot!!!

  9. Well i find this post quite helpful…

  10. Oblong Circles

    I agree that the title is misleading, as in not accurate at all for a title. However, for the trolls that are griping/whining with their insults, remember the saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. What is the point in stating that this article sucks? Where is their link to better information? Here’s mine…
    http://www.amazon.com/Laptop-Complete-Including-Motherboard-Component/dp/1468096524
    http://www.ultimatepcrepair.com/Ultimate_Computer_Repair_Guide.pdf

  11. M iftikhar

    Hi u can help me

  12. M iftikhar

    You help me.

  13. M iftikhar

    Why u guide i not bleve u guide complet reparing laptop board

  14. Mark Thomas

    I am a computer technician who routinely builds computer “rigs” for extra cash or repair them as needed. I was hoping for a really good advice regarding motherboard failure on this article but damn was I disappointed. This is like an amateur “advise” for those who don’t really know computer hardware….

  15. Longman

    Hi,
    I am hardware expert. I can help you if you need to fix laptop motherboard. I am in Saskatoon. Email: computer911@hotmail.com.

  16. Sourav Ghosh

    laptop power on but no display keyboard caps key glowing

  17. Mohan

    hello, My laptop (Lenovo – Z580 IdeaPad)is one and half year old. Mother board is dead due to coffee went inside. how can i get it repaired?.. is it possible to make my laptop ready by changing the mother board?

  18. Friend

    we came here for a guide that wouldnt cost much. why did i waste my time reading something i already knew which is to go to a professional? the reason i came here is to find out if there are other options!

  19. maddy

    These guidance are totally wasted we here for seeking solution not for knowing the things we already know..

  20. Rhonald Okumu

    I’m using Hp 650 laptop. after installing re-windows 7 it just powers off and on repeatedly. before that that it was perfectly fine. ive tried applying thermal paste on the processor, resetting the bios and disassembling the laptop but nothing is helpful. please advice.

  21. Twinsunian

    More like a complete fake title.

  22. holala1963

    Mobo failures:
    1) water damage
    2) overheating
    3) short circuit
    4) wrong voltage
    etc.

    symptoms:

    1) won’t boot, some laptops can show diagnostic lights or sounds
    2) cpu runs really slow
    3) blue screen randomly

    How to fix?

    1) I’ve heard people clean and dry water damaged motherboard with success
    2) Replacing mobo is not very complicated as least for DELL
    3) Sell it to someone who knows how to fix, buy a new laptop

  23. michael biller

    I am a computer repair tech. What is this a guide for? There is nothing on repair and only remedial troubleshooting. Come on, man.

    If your computer does not power on it could be a number of things. Most of the time ‘motherboard’ issues are from component failure. Often, the component can be replaced or even bypassed to restore functionality.

    Your list of tell-tale’s list only indicate a problem, not necessarily motherboard failure. Desktop computers rarely suffer motherboard failure. Laptops fail because of overheating.

    You can avoid most laptop failures with a good cooling station. I usually make my own or repair the ones I find in the trash. Fans from old desktops are great for this.

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