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Can I check a Motherboard out of laptop ?

by mili0 / April 14, 2015 8:26 PM PDT

Hi...I have just been sent a replacement motherboard for my there any way I can check it is at least turning on without fitting it into the laptop and connecting everything up...can I just plug in a mains lead and see if the LED`s light up ?

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Well if you don't connect everything
by orlbuckeye / April 14, 2015 10:58 PM PDT

you won't know if it works. You want to test the components that plug into it. Your brave replacing a laptop mobo yourself.

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by Oldartq / April 15, 2015 12:28 AM PDT

Never done it myself but maybe it's not that hard or maybe I am just getting old and now all thumbs.

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No it`s not that difficult.
by mili0 / April 15, 2015 6:49 AM PDT

It really isn`t that difficult...there aren`t any components that are "special" in that they can`t be handled...I dare say you have upgradeded the RAM or replaced the hard drive before ? ...all this does is go a little further...tale stuff out carefully and put it back in the same manner...however,my question it possible to see whether the motherboard is at least turning on without the need to re-install all the,the wireless card isn`t needed,neither is the hard drive...nor the webcam etc etc...all that ought to be necessary I am thinking is perhaps the RAM and maybe the battery and mains this feasible ? ...I am thinking that the power LED light ought to be visible etc.

The reason I ask is that I have a suspicion it is NOT functioning and want to ascertain this without having to install the whole thing only to find out my assumption was right all along....and I can send the thing back.

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