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Computer is dead will not turn on

Took the computer into a service tech he told me the motherboard was fried

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    Derek Fuller May 11, 2010

    ....and you don't believe the tech??? ....

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When you buy a new motherboard, make sure and get one that accepts the same processor and memory, and video card that you have now. It is not terribly complicated to replace the motherboard but if you have never done it before be prepared to spend a few hours reinstalling your operating system and all the correct drivers for the new motherboard components. Also make sure you get a board that will fit in your computer case, not all boards are the same size.

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