Troubleshooting the motherboard of your PC isn’t as easy as it may sound but there’s no reason you can’t do it but just like troubleshooting other components, you also have to be observant enough about your computer’s performance and behavior. You also need to take note of the actual error messages you may be getting especially if the performance noticeably dropped.
Being the “mother” board means all components will be connected to it via their respective cables and interface. But just because your PC failed to start doesn’t mean it’s already a motherboard problem. You need to investigate or even troubleshoot other components first. For instance, if your PC failed to power up, you must go after the power supply unit first to verify if it’s still working fine, then you will have to remove or unplug other components attached to the mobo like the video, sound and network cards, if any. Furthermore, you may have to re-seat the processor, apply the thermal past properly and tighten the screws of the CPU cooler.
Motherboards can get fried so if your PC recently overheated a few times, there’s always a chance some circuits got broken or some areas in the board got burnt. Things like these are very difficult to spot but not impossible but then again, you need time to do it.
If you suspect your computer is currently bugged by a motherboard issue or two, try to go through the list of problems below to know if we’ve already published a post that may have addressed your concern and feel free to use our solutions if applicable to you.