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destinedjagold
March 23rd, 2010, 02:52 AM
Hello pipz. G'day!

My mom's laptop just died a few hours ago. She was curious what happened, so I made a research and found out that her laptop's motherboard is dead.., yet again...

Anyways, now both of us are curious...
What causes her laptop's motherboard to die?
Overheat?

I Laugh at your Misfortune!
March 23rd, 2010, 02:58 AM
The same thing happened to me, a while ago, when my laptop was new. I was told that was because of some problem in the motherboard, though, not something I did.

Zet
March 23rd, 2010, 03:00 AM
Overheating can be one problem, another problem can be is that it was faulty.

donavannj
March 23rd, 2010, 05:23 AM
Overheating can be one problem, another problem can be is that it was faulty.

Can't forget a poorly made power supply or battery. And age of the machine. A laptop is typically good for 3 years, at most, unless you gut it out and put new hardware in it.

twocows
March 23rd, 2010, 07:16 AM
Probably overheating or manufacturer's defects. Out of curiosity, how did you find out that it was the motherboard, exactly? It's quite possible it was some other hardware failure.

zhfac
March 23rd, 2010, 08:52 AM
Probably overheating or manufacturer's defects. Out of curiosity, how did you find out that it was the motherboard, exactly? It's quite possible it was some other hardware failure.
This is probably the most possible situation. Btw, my old laptop from 2004 still runs like a champ, so it really depends on the manufacturer. I've had a Dell go out in less than a year, but that was due to the graphics card.

Misaka Shiori
March 23rd, 2010, 03:02 PM
I'm quite curious, what is the model of the laptop? If that model has a nVidia chipset, it's most likely caused by a defect with the nVidia GPUs used in the chipset. If this the cause, the manufacturer should be able to repair it for free if they have issued a recall on them.

zhfac
March 23rd, 2010, 05:19 PM
I got the laptop off eBay, and I think it was too far out of the warranty range anyways. I have long replaced the faulty Dell with the nVidia graphics card. Next laptop is definitely going to be ATI.

Archer
March 24th, 2010, 04:10 AM
I'm quite curious, what is the model of the laptop? If that model has a nVidia chipset, it's most likely caused by a defect with the nVidia GPUs used in the chipset. If this the cause, the manufacturer should be able to repair it for free if they have issued a recall on them.

Yeah, if you're out of warranty, good luck. Especially with HP. They'll charge $300 to refloat it with no guarantees. It's also likely to happen again. It's just a combination of cheap solder and a really hot chip. I suppose you could underclock/volt it, but that defeats the purpose of the faster Nvidia GPU.