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Do I have a burned motherboard?

My computer refuses to boot after my little bro left it on for some very long hours with multiple programs running. It just turned off with a snap, no error messages whatsoever. I took the whole thing apart and found some "I dont know what it is, looks like solder flux or burn marks". Could this be a burn? How can I fix this?

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  • sam waiban Jul 09, 2007

    I had cleaned out all the dust with a camera lense cleaning brush and water. the fan was removed and clean throughly. still not boot. MB replace?

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Yea it is probably toasted. I see it all the time. Many many people have toasted their laptops by not using them on a flat surface and covering the air intake. Others have thought they shut them down and put them into a laptop bag and let them cook for a few hours causing failure. Simply running many programs should not kill your laptop, unless it was prevented from breathing properly. This can also be worsened by a lack of maintainence. I can't even begin to describe the nasty things I have pulled out of laptops, the most common is little fluffy's pet hair clogging the intake or the exhaust. As far as your "burn marks" you are probably seeing normal soldering effects, slightly brownish flux that was burnt during the mfg process. I have only seen one board that was visibly burnt, and that laptop had smoke pouring out of it and smelled really really terrible. It is hard to tell but with experience believe it or not you can sniff the board and tell if it is toasted or not. Also bad RAM will keep some systems from booting. If the video is shared memory you will see nothing at all. If it doesn't it may halfway boot then shut off. I have had many laptops that will not post and replacing the dimm, or if there are two dimms try one, then the other. If that does not work its a toasted board bro sorry. Hack

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