Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Troubleshoot Windows Problems After Motherboard Replacement

Replacing a motherboard is a complicated procedure that essentially requires users to rebuild the computer and reinstall Windows. Even when precisely following directions, users can encounter Windows problems related to the motherboard replacement, but basic troubleshooting steps can usually help to identify the cause of trouble and eliminate it. The biggest hurdle when replacing a motherboard is successfully booting the computer, so if you've made it that far, you're almost there. Related Windows problems are generally mild and require minor system tweaking.


1. Back up all of your important data and perform a clean Windows installation. If you replaced your motherboard and didn't reinstall Windows, you will likely encounter problems due to the significant hardware change.

2. Unplug your keyboard or mouse if it uses a USB connection, and reinsert it into the USB port (alternately, try a different USB port) if either device doesn't operate correctly. If Windows still doesn't recognize the device, use another computer to check the device manufacturer's website for device drivers. If the mouse or keyboard uses a PS/2 connection, shut down the computer and reseat the cable in the motherboard.

3. Shut off and unplug your PC and recheck all of the motherboard cable connections. When closing the case, make sure that cables aren't bumping other cables and prying them loose. These steps are particularly necessary if you are receiving random blue screens (or STOP messages) after the motherboard replacement.

4. Check the Windows Device Manager to ensure devices are functioning correctly if your computer hangs or stops responding whenever you use a certain device. If Device Manager indicates problems with the device, reinstall it.

5. Check the motherboard manufacturer's website for the latest BIOS version for your motherboard. If there is an updated BIOS version available, download it and install it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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