I want to replace the motherboard but not with another original that might go again. I hear these boards die regularly. Is there another motherboard that will last that will fit in? Possibly one like an extensa? I don't want to replace it only to replace it again in another year or two.
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Re: Motherboard fried for no reason and suddenly
I understand your pain. Acer has a extensive case-history of motherboards that die or quit for no reason. Do a search and you will find forums full of complaints where the machine just quit for no reason and did not start ever again.
I repair laptops for a living and see dead Acers in here all the time. Replacing the motherboard of a dead laptop is not easy. If you know how to work on computers, make sure you have a Service Manual for that make and model to make sure you can reassemble the computer. I do NOT recommend this.
I also do not recommend replacing the motherbaord at all. Firstly, only an ACER mainboard for that particular model will work - and secondly if you have to pay for another mainboard plus installation, the cost of labor and parts will likely exceed the value of the machine - which even if repaired with a new mainboard - could conk out on you all over again.
My advice - consider it totaled, invest your money in a newer model, and think twice before you buy Acer again.
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The problem you just described usually signifies a motherboard failure. But, before we conclude to the motherboard, nsure that the RAM still works and that it was not damaged. Also, when you changed the board, did you ensure its compatibility with the processor?
If those two are working perfectly well, then you might need to check on the motherboard. Go to your dealers to help you out on that.
Usually a "fried" motherboard will result from a faulty AC adapter / power supply. If the voltage it provides is too high, kiss the motherboard good bye! Most adapters output voltages around 18-19 volts at around 90 watts. If the adapter malfunctions, the voltages do not have to go much above the range to cause havoc.
If the repair shop did not FIRST check the voltage of the AC adapter before plugging it into a new motherboard, I would seriously consider a new repair shop!
Repairing the motherboard needs many things to check first. What specific problem do you need to solve. Do you know the motherboard is broke for sure ? Does computer power up with the motherboard at all, What kind of motherboard is it, Whether there is memory problem or chips fried , you need to find the specific part on the board that is not working first. If you can't solve the problem , it is best to replace the motherboard with exact part model and make.
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Contact Dell support. Tell them that you were told by a tech (that has repaired many of these problems) that you believe you have a motherboard with leaky capacitors (do not mention the burnt out diode, just tell then it no longer boots). After much interaction with Dell technicians, it turns out that dell has extended the motherboard warranties of most of their PC's including laptops. I know of two people so fat that have had Dell warranty repairs done, even though the system was out of warranty. Once they hear "leaky capacitors" they will advise you that even though your unit is out of warranty, they will replace it.
Hope that helps!