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The Motherboard (also referred to as the logic board, mainboard, or mobo) is a physical component located within nearly every modern day desktop and laptop computer. Due to its physical nature -the fact that it can be seen, touched, and manipulated – the motherboard is referred to as a piece of hardware.
The motherboard is generally squarish or rectangular in shape although its size can vary a great deal. A large desktop computer’s motherboard may measure 11 inches in length, 11 inches in width, and a fraction of an inch in depth. Meanwhile, a small desktop computer’s (or laptop computer’s) motherboard may only measure 8 inches in length, 7 inches in width, and a fraction of an inch in depth.
So what does a motherboard actually look like? From above, the motherboard looks like a thin board – generally greenish, blueish, or reddish in colour – which is embedded with a multitude of plastic and metal parts (see the picture labeled “top view”). From below, all you will see is a complex maze of metallic pathways stretching across this thin board.
We here at Seymour Computer Repair tend to think of the motherboard as your computer’s communication grid. The goal of the motherboard is to:
In order for a piece of hardware (hard drive, RAM, CPU, video card, sound card, network card, USB port … etc) to be useful it must be connected to your motherboard; this can be accomplished in 2 different ways.
A motherboard is said to have failed when it no longer allows pieces of hardware to communicate or when the communication between pieces of hardware becomes corrupt. Basically, motherboard failure is analogous to communication failure. Symptoms of motherboard failure include:
In certain situations a defective motherboard can be repaired while in other situations it must be replaced. Unfortunately, even if a motherboard is repairable, the common computer user has neither the tools nor the skills to do so. The only thing you can do is to test the motherboard to see if it truly is defective.
Analyze the beep code: If your computer won’t start up and, instead, lets out a bunch of beeps then head over to this beep code analysis page in order to find out where your problem lies. If your computer is complaining about its motherboard then there is a good chance that it is defective and will need to be repaired or replaced by a computer repair technician. If your computer is not complaining about its motherboard, but is instead complaining about another piece of hardware, then we recommend that you take a look at our article discussing that particular piece of hardware.
Swap out your computer’s hardware components: The only real way to know if your motherboard is faulty is to verify that your other hardware components are not faulty. The problem with this method is that it is slow and not entirely accurate; this is why we generally recommend that you take your computer to a repair shop if you suspect motherboard problems. If you do want to test your motherboard at home then follow this general procedure:
The motherboard is your computer’s communication grid, providing an access point through which pieces of hardware (both integrated and added-on) can communicate with one another.
Generally speaking, motherboards are reliable and will last years without exhibiting any problems; this is because their inumerable small parts are non-moving. Despite saying this, motherboards can run into problems and eventually die!
If your computer is acting in a strange manner you can test your motherboard through a method of reduction – making sure that no other pieces of hardware are to blame. Ultimately, however, you will likely need to take your computer into a repair shop to be looked at. It is here that a specialist will determine whether your motherboard can be repaired or, more likely, replaced.