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The local computer shop indicates that the Motherboard is going out. At times I'm getting problems with the sound.... Every time I start up, it goes through some sort of testing requiring me to select an option, it beeps insessently until I do before I can progress. Is it possible to get this motherboard repaired or replaced?

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Yes is the short answer, repairs will probably cost more than the mother board is worth.

Have a good look at all the solder joints, is there a dry joint, looks like a blob of solder which is
hollow and a bit of wire poking through. If you can find one, re-solder it.

If not, you're into electronically testing each component

Depending on how old your current one is, will depend on whether you replace with like for like or decide to upgrade.

Your problems will be:-

1) Dell uses proprietary equipment, so the replacement will still need to be supplied by dell. Or get a second hand one.

2) It will need to be compatible with your CPU, RAM, PCI cards and HDD/ optical disk interfaces

Good fun, but a nightmare if you're not sure what you're doing.

An alternative is to buy a second had PC and put you current HDD in as a slave keeping the original as a master, even then you need to match interfaces.

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