Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Replace Motherboard Parts

A computer motherboard

When you own a personal computer, it doesn't always measure up to your expectations. Sometimes there are features that you want to upgrade or items that you want to add on for enhanced functionality. Oftentimes, this requires the replacement or addition of parts to the motherboard of the computer. It would not be recommended while the computer is still under warranty, but many users decide to upgrade or repair their own computers successfully.


1. Disconnect the power cable from the computer. Any time you work inside of the computer, this should be the first thing you do.

2. Remove the side panel from the computer by unscrewing the retention screws on the back. You will need to use the Phillips head screwdriver unless your computer is equipped with thumb screws that can be turned by hand.

3. Attach an ESD wrist strap to your wrist and secure to the chassis of the computer. This will help reduce the chance of you damaging any of the sensitive computer chips with an electrostatic discharge. If an ESD wrist strap is unavailable, ground yourself to the chassis by grabbing it with one hand to discharge any static electricity and equalize the charge between you and the machine.

4. Remove the motherboard parts that you are going to replace. There are quite a few items that are considered field replaceable units (FRUs). These items could include memory modules, the CPU, CPU fan, sound card, video card and more. Of course, when replacing bad parts on the motherboard, you will have the new part to compare and help locate the part you are going to replace. If you are upgrading or adding functionality, this will not always be the case.

5. Replace the motherboard parts that you removed with the new replacement parts. It is important to always be gentle with the motherboard and never force a part into place. For example, the CPU has a pin configuration that only fits into the socket one way. If you break a pin on the CPU, it will no longer work. If too much force is used in inserting memory modules into the memory slot, it is possible to crack the motherboard. If this happens, the mother board itself would need to be replaced.

6. Reassemble the computer in the reverse method from which you took it apart. Be sure all old parts are removed and the cover is back and secure before plugging the electrical cord back in. Some parts may require the installation of new drivers. These drivers are typically supplied by the manufacturer in the form of a CD-ROM that comes with a new part such as a video card or sound card.

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