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Replacing motherboard

Replacing Your Motherboard With Instructions

One of the most important things to keep in mind when replacing your old motherboard with a new one is to get one that will work with the components you have on hand. Make sure it works with you in the CPU memory heat sink power supply old hard drive

Not all desktop and laptop motherboards are created equal and you need to replace and change the old motherboard with an exact replication of the original or do your homework on the new and upgraded one. 

Being in the business of selling Dell motherboards we have seen many people change and replace their desktop and laptop motherboard with the wrong model. This leads to extra time effort and maybe even money when dealing with RMA. A little research will save you a load of time and energy.

Step 1. Always be careful when removing the original motherboard in your system. This is especially important if you plan to use all the parts currently attached to it. Be sure to follow standard ESD procedures so as not to shock any of the electronic components and render them useless. 

In general, all you have to do to stay safe in ESD is to maintain a static accumulation (avoid standing on a carpet area in socks for example) and make sure to touch a grounded metal surface every few minutes. 

You will want to be careful when removing the screws on the motherboard as you may need them later and if you unscrew the screw you also have a chance to strip lead. This will make threading the new motherboard more difficult. When removing the motherboard tray to avoid pulling it from any sensitive areas on the motherboard. 

Look for a stable place for such a percentage in the PCI-E slot or if necessary the heat sink as long as it is very secure.

Step 2. When disconnecting the cables connected to your motherboard remember what you are disconnecting and where it is connected to the motherboard. To facilitate the reconnection task temporarily tag the various cables or write down the color of the connection/wire to a reference point. 

If you are switching to a completely different motherboard with a different CPU try to remember what the plugs that the cables were connected to look like before replacing or changing. 

When unplugging the cables be sure to lightly pull the connector part of the cable and not the cable itself as you will eventually pull the cable completely away from the connector.

Step 3. Carefully remove the components you intend to reuse from the original motherboard. If you are too rough with any of them you have a chance to hurt them. Be sure to extract everything you can from the old motherboard. You should keep spare parts that may occur because you never know when you will need an extra screw or heat sink. 

Once you have removed all the salvageable parts from the motherboard, but the old motherboard aside before replacing or changing so you can remember to recycle it later. 

Now is also a good time to see if your new motherboard needs some kind of screws screwed into it from the bottom to attach the heat sink to it.

Step 4. Installing a new motherboard is often complicated because many system cables and power supply cables tend to interfere. Some systems require very specific panels and will look even more difficult to install because they will fit very well. Remember patience is a virtue. 

Try to put all your cables out of the way as much as possible but make sure none of them get caught underneath. You will not want to force replacing or changing the motherboard with coarse force because it is a sensitive piece of electronic equipment and may damage your CPU. 

In some cases tilting the board in one way or another while inserting it will yield a much easier adjustment and then just try to go straight down to it. Once you wash in make sure your screw holes align with the conductors at the bottom of the chassis. 

Once the motherboard has been verified is correct keep knocking on your new motherboard. Do not tighten too much or have trouble with it because you do not want to undo a screw. I usually recommend tightening screws on your motherboard by hand and then with an electric screwdriver.

Step 5. Now that your motherboard is found the rest of the changing and replacing process is pretty easy. The first thing I recommend doing is inserting your CPU. The processor probably currently contains a thick chromic layer of thermal fat. It is important to wipe off any thermal grease that is present. 

The old grease may not provide a sufficiently conductive connection for heat cooling. After wiping the grease with a dry cloth proceed to place the new processor in the processor socket

To change this usually involves sliding the pins into a bunch of tiny holes or in new processors the pins are on the laptop motherboard and the processor is flat at the bottom. You must carefully place the processor on the motherboard. Always make sure to adjust the arrow on the CPU and press the socket. This lets you know he is sitting correctly.

Step 6. After inserting the processor you will need a new layer of thermal grease. Simply place a small drip on the size of a pea on the processor. Once you have done that you can put your heatsink. 

It is usually recommended to place it straight down instead of at an angle to ensure proper distribution of the fat. There are several different types of heatsinks so it is best to find instructions for your specific heatsink or install it in the same way you removed the old one. 

A lot of modern heat sinks have been built as well and there will be a small cable coming out of it. Use your cable labels or map to find the appropriate connector.

Step 7. Your next step will be to connect the memory. Memory is very sensitive to static shock so be careful about it. Place the memory in the memory slot labeled 1 and align it so that it is straight up and down. Make sure that the spacing in the lower gold parts of the memory stick aligns with the raised entry in the slot. 

Once you see that these two spaces work out perfectly, push the memory straight down with the thumbs and the memory should slide straight into the slot and the two clips on the side should snap it into place. 

If for some reason he does not want to go in, do not force it because it can be a bigger issue and you do not want to damage the board or memory. 

Some slots are all tagged 1-4 and memory must be entered in that order even though several times number 1 and number 2 will not be side by side. If your memory did not match you most likely had the wrong type of memory or the stick was backward. 

If the wrong memory is used be sure to read the motherboard manual for matching model numbers before changing or replacing.

Step 8. Now is the time to pull out your authors' map if you had one. If they are marked with labels it will be even easier. Try to avoid bending pins on IDE connectors as bending them into place is almost impossible unless you have the right tools. 

If you have leftover cables that were not needed just tuck them into any empty part of the bag that is away from fans. Be sure to connect all the tickets to the places where they were in the past.

Step 9. The last step is to connect the system and make sure everything is working properly. Leave the bag open for the first time so you can see what works and what doesn't. 

If you forgot to plug in a fan the fans will not turn around. If you have no power at all check the power supply cable to the motherboard to make sure it is plugged in before replacing or changing it. If you are all working but no video there can be two problems. 

Number one you may have forgotten to connect the video card. Number two you may need to reposition your memory and processor. If you encounter an error that says the hard drive cannot be loaded be sure to check the connection. 

Usually, any error from this step that you have not had before is most likely due to something that has not been plugged in or needs to be readjusted. I hope this article has saved you money and given you more knowledge and confidence in performing your computer repair.

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