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Is there any way I can find out if my motherboard is broken?

By mikeypaddon
Jan 12, 2012
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  1. Hi all, I would like to know if there is any way I can tell if my motherboard is broken. I have a Fujitsu Amilo Pro V3515. When I press the power switch, the lights power light and wifi light come on, the fan starts, but that is it, just a black screen. I have tried removing and reinserting ram etc. I was just wondering if there was any way to find out what's wrong with it so I could just replace parts myself rather than the added expense of having to take it for repair. Any advice gladly received, regards. :)
  2. stev3

    stev3 TS Rookie

    theres no easy & quick way to check,
    have you tried connecting you laptop to an external monitor?
    incase it might be the screen
    also tried disconnecting hdd, ram, keyboard, dvd drive.
    tried doing a hard reset? remove battery & psu lead
    hold the power button for 60 second.
    or powering up off either battery alone or
    taking battery out and powering up off psu alone?
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    I like stev3's suggestion.
    So many things could cause this...
    In addition to Stev3 good suggestion, try booting to a system with one memory module. Then shut down and exchange the other memory module Sometimes what you describe will occur on some machines if there is a bad memory module. Or borrow a memory module.
    Another is to test with a borrowed hard drive... to see if current hard drive has failed...
    Any chance the power socket is bad. We have seen failures due to solder breaking off the socket where you plug in your power adapter.


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