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According to geek squad- motherboard problem on hp pavillion a220

He said board needs replacing or replace computer. what causes this to happen? how do I avoid if I get it replaced? comp is about 4 yrs old. Is there a life span expectancy for computers?

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  • David Preston
    David Preston May 11, 2010

    Tracy,



    Before we can venture a guess as to what caused "Geek Squad" to want to replace your Motherboard we would need to know what the symptoms were that led you to take it to them. It would also be helpful to know the Manufacturer of the PC/Motherboard and what Operating system you are using. I'd ask them to explain to you what on the Motherboard faulted that it needs to be replaced.



    As for the life expectaecy of a Motherboard. It varies by manufacturer and board. I've seen some that are 15 years old and going strong and I've seen some that go bad in as little as 6 months.



    Hope this helps,

    Dave

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If you've been told the motherboard needs replacing it could be true, especially in older laptops. Thinks get hot, brittle, and then a circuit gets broken. I recently had new motherboards installed in two Dell Inspiron 8200 computers. I found the boards on ebay for $70 ea. and had a local shop install them for another $70 ea.

Keep in mind Ram and video cards are common failures too.

There are quite a few diagnostic utilites out there to check for yourself before replacing the motherboards. If you want to spend the time look for ones from your computers manufacturer.
Let me know if this helps you

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