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Dead motherboard My presario F500EA went dead after my niece left it operating on the bed for a day. I suspect it overheated due to blocked vents. External power supply is ok. HDD is ok. I suspect motherboard is shorted. Please help me troubleshoot the motherboard. I know how to use multimeters but I dont know where to start. I dont have a schematic diagram of my motherboard. please give me tips on how to tackle this problem. Thanks so much.

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  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 11, 2010

    I did search, many hours & could not find any type of schematic's or diagram posted on the web for the F500EA board. Only a couple places to send for repair.

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso May 11, 2010

    Unable to find any schematics or diagrams for this notebook.

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Bad news - an overheated F500 is a really expensive paperweight. All you can really do is try and source a new motherboard and hope the CPU and RAM didn't go the way the board did...

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