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I want to discuss about if it is possible to replace a motherboard in a laptop with a not genuine motherboard. If somebody does it how to check the genuineness of the motherboard assuming the laptop is in packed condition and serial number of the suspected motherboard can't be seen.

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Re: Motherboard

Yes rnronie38, there is everything possible today. To avoid such issues I will suggest you to buy your laptop only from a reliable resource.

If you are not technical, please contact customer care center. They will guide you proper and answer to your question.

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I'd check with the manufacturer, most are proprietary.

Laptops are very different from desktops when it comes to components. With desktops, most parts are standard and pretty easy to replace. But when it comes to laptops, almost everything except the hard drives and RAM are proprietary. So while I've replaced many parts in desktops, I'd be very leery about doing that with laptops unless the part came from the laptop's manufacturer or written suggestion.
Good luck.

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I'm going with no.

While there were flirtations on standardizing the motherboard form factor in laptops that was decade ago and didn't work out. So motherboards are so unique to the model that it would be so rare to find a non-genuine model UNLESS we are talking about some phones that were counterfeit.

That said, I've seen laptops refurbed and the motherboard replaced when say you have a good laptop with a cracked LCD but another laptop with all good but the motherboard. What's wrong with that?

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One other thing to consider

If you are replacing the motherboard with a different model, you will need to purchase a new operating system if you are using the one that came with the computer. OEM os can never be transfer to another motherboard or computer. The only exception is when the motherboard is bad and the model is no longer available for sale.

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Well that's hard to do because

laptop motherboards aren't standard. Cases aren't standard and mobo's have to be designed along with the case.

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