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Replace motherboard need to completely remove and replacce the motherboard

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    christopher Nov 23, 2013

    Thanks everyone for your input. I determined the problem already to be the motherboard and you are correct. I will get F***e* if i try to replace it. In addition, this model all in one does not have video outputs. HP really screwed folks on these. I am going to scrap the system and salvage the usable parts.



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What is the make and model? Be sure you purchase the correct replacement with the same suffix otherwise your chip set will not match your drivers.

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I've little experience at doing this with a laptop but for a desktop it's easy enough. The key thing is to make sure that you get a motherboard that fits the case you're using, that has the correct socket for your cpu and has the correct sockets for your RAM and other components, such as the hard drive, disk drive etc.

I would recommend doing several things before you start. First back up all files you want to keep and export all settings you want to keep onto external storage. Phone your operating system provider and make sure that switching the motherboard will not void your copy of their OS. Make sure you have a completely clean workspace and get yourself an unused, clean microfibre cloth and some thermal paste.

Ensure you have an appropriate sized screwdriver and that you know how to unclip the various external panels, I imagine this might be quite tricky on a laptop.

Next copy the chipset drivers for the new motherboard onto your pc so that they are ready to use. It's possible you may get away without running a clean install but frankly unlikely. Get all your driver and software discs ready and make sure you know all your online passwords and have your CD keys available.

Once you get started make sure you've given yourself plenty of time, largely for reinstalling software. I would suggest powering down the laptop and removing the battery the night before you intend to make the switch.

When you get started be sure to begin by earthing the motherboard, gently, you don't want to scratch anything. Next do a visual check just to make sure you do have a motherboard that will fit into the space and that uses all the same connections. Something as simple as the ports being in different places may mean that once assembled the laptop will not go back together again.

Carefully detach the power supply from each component and remove any parts that prevent you from easily removing the motherboard. Once the motherboard is out the first thing you will likely want to do is gently remove the heatsink for the cpu and the cpu. Clean the connecting surfaces of both parts from any of the old thermal paste with the dry microfibre cloth. Once the surface is clean you can apply a smooth layer to the base of the heat sink. When you connect the cpu and then the heatsink to the new motherboard remove any excess paste from around the edges.

Depending on which parts are where depends on what you'll want to reconnect first/last. The one issue I've most frequently come accross is ensuring the RAM is properly in place. It should be fairly apparent which way round it goes and if you refer to the manual that comes with the board it will tell you the order in which the slots should be filled/paired (not always intuitive) but even when it appears to be in place securely it can be slightly out, so when you but this in place make sure that it is pushed in firmly, without being aggressive.

When connecting everything back up remember that their may be more than one power supply to the motherboard and that the hdd and disc drives will also need power supplies as well as connections to the motherboard.

Once everything is back together plug it in and see how it goes. You may be lucky and things will come back up fine but more likely you will need to be ready to run a clean install.

Not something I do that regularly so hope I haven't missed any major parts, and again, not something I've ever done with a laptop.

Best of Luck

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