Monday, 26 January 2015

Replace A Computer'S Motherboard

The motherboard acts as the brain of your computer by controlling its components.

The motherboard is the central component of a computer that facilitates communication between all of the other parts. It contains the system bridge, which allows communication between the processor and the random access memory, or RAM. It also contains Basic Input/Output System, or BIOS, information, which is integral for the start-up of the computer. Motherboards are made by specific international standards, so it's simple to replace an old or broken motherboard. Newer motherboards support faster processors and more RAM.


1. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the computer.

2. Remove the case from the computer by unfastening the screws from the back of the computer and taking off the side panels.

3. Touch the metal casing to ground static electricity before you touch the motherboard.

4. Remove all connectors from the motherboard. These include the four-prong power cable, the gray IDE connectors from the hard drive and CD drives, connectors to any system fans, and the media connectors from the front ports of the computer.

5. Remove the PCI cards from the motherboard. These cards are in the bottom-back part of the case. Remove the single screw that secures each card and pull it out of the slot.

6. Remove the RAM, which is the long memory chip, from the motherboard. Pull away the two clips at the top and bottom of the chip and pull it out of the slot. Repeat this for each RAM chip.

7. Remove the screws that secure the motherboard to the case.

8. Pull the motherboard out of the case.

9. Remove the processor and heat sink from the motherboard. Pull up the lever that secures the heat sink on top of the processor. Pull up on the lever that secures the processor to the motherboard. Pull the processor off of the motherboard.

10. Place the processor into the socket on the new motherboard. Push down the lever to secure it.

11. Apply thermal paste to the top of the processor.

12. Apply the heat sink to the processor. Press the lever down to secure it.

13. Attach the new motherboard to the case. Secure it with the screws.

14. Attach the RAM to the new motherboard. Reattach the PCI cards and any additional connectors. These plug right in to the new motherboard.

15. Attach the case and secure it with screws.

16. Connect the power cord to the computer.

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