Windows 10: Is it possible to repair a motherboard that has been shorted?

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  1.    07 Nov 2016 #1

    Is it possible to repair a motherboard that has been shorted?


    I have a rare motherboard that isn't in production that you can't find anywhere and i was wondering if thought any way possible can i find out what chip shorted and replace it? I have seen a video where a guy used a multi meter to see where the board electricity stopped and he soldered it off and replaced a small capacitor and the board worked again. . And yes it is worth fixing for me.
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  2.    07 Nov 2016 #2

    Possible? Yes.
    Practical?

    Component level diagnostics is difficult and time consuming for a skilled technician.
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       07 Nov 2016 #3

    This is probably impossible without having a logic state analyser and detailed fault finding guide. Even if you located the faulty chip, could you source and replace it without damaging other components?
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       07 Nov 2016 #4

    I agree with the others, much more cost-effective to just get a new computer. The problem with a new motherboard is it may not accept your CPU and Memory, raises the cost. And if the board was damaged was that limited to only the board and not the power suppy, CPU and RAM or other devices?
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  5.    29 Nov 2016 #5

    xdarkmario said: View Post
    I have a rare motherboard that isn't in production that you can't find anywhere and i was wondering if thought any way possible can i find out what chip shorted and replace it? I have seen a video where a guy used a multi meter to see where the board electricity stopped and he soldered it off and replaced a small capacitor and the board worked again. . And yes it is worth fixing for me.
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    Is this the motherboard for a CyberpowerPc Laptop Fangbook HX6-100? because i have the same issue, were you able to fix it? if so please help me! im in need for answers since my warranty wore off, what other motherboards you recommend me to buy or which ones are compatible with the laptop mentioned before
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  6.    30 Nov 2016 #6

    The odds of your fault, being identical to the OP's fault, are pretty slim. Unless there is a common known issue with that make and model. If there was, a Google search should have turned it up. And even if you know where the fault is, unless its a simple fix, a diode, resistor, capacitor, the average Joe isn't going to be able to do it. You need specialized equipment to replace an IC that is SMT. Surface Mount Technology. Even removing a diode or resistor is tricky without damaging anything in the process. I wouldn't want to tackle it with regular PC repair tools.
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  7.    01 Dec 2016 #7

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    The odds of your fault, being identical to the OP's fault, are pretty slim. Unless there is a common known issue with that make and model. If there was, a Google search should have turned it up. And even if you know where the fault is, unless its a simple fix, a diode, resistor, capacitor, the average Joe isn't going to be able to do it. You need specialized equipment to replace an IC that is SMT. Surface Mount Technology. Even removing a diode or resistor is tricky without damaging anything in the process. I wouldn't want to tackle it with regular PC repair tools.
    Thank you so much for your answer, i left my laptop in a repair shop, hopefully they are qualified! if not should i buy a new motherboard?
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       01 Dec 2016 #8

    You could try buying a matching motherboard off Ebay so you can reuse your CPU and memory. Otherwise you will probably need a new motherboard, CPU & memory! Then Windows may not activate?
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  9.    01 Dec 2016 #9

    Replacing a motherboard in a laptop is tricky business. It has to be an exact match or it won't fit in the case. Even a model or two older or newer and it may not fit, and or the cables won't line up. It's not cheap either. It's no so easy to take it all apart like it is with a desktop PC. Most of the time its not economically viable. It's just cheaper to buy a new laptop.
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  10.    02 Dec 2016 #10

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Replacing a motherboard in a laptop is tricky business. It has to be an exact match or it won't fit in the case. Even a model or two older or newer and it may not fit, and or the cables won't line up. It's not cheap either. It's no so easy to take it all apart like it is with a desktop PC. Most of the time its not economically viable. It's just cheaper to buy a new laptop.
    Oh no, my laptop was really pricey, $1000 USD to be more specific, i can't believe this, thank you so much for your replies it really helped me a lot, guess I will never ever again buy a single item from CyberpowerPC. Thank you again.
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