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Motherboard how to know if my motherboard has a problem?

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    motherboard problem pls. help me!!!!!!

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It would help to know a few things; Is the power supply coming on at all? - Fan should be running, front panel light(s) coming on at all, etc.
You also didn't mention if it is a fairly standard clone or a brand-name system, model number, etc.

If there is no sign of life when turning on, it is most likely the power supply - the low-end units are incredibly cheaply made and prone to failure at random.
If it is a standard unit and you have no life signs, replace it. They are available from $10-100 dollars.

If you do have signs of life, watch the monitor screen for any signs of video.
If there is any kind of display, the BIOS is at least reacting and if the system is over 5 years old, replace the coin cell battery located on the board. These are widely available- even Walmart.
Obviously, the unit shuld be powered off, unplugged and you should touch some bare metal part of the chassis to discharge any static you might be carrying around.

If you have any worthwhile information, you might want to post it - it kinda, sorta helps.
If

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