How Do I Choose a Replacement Motherboard?

Ecs / Mcp61pm-hm
May 31, 2010 at 20:20:02
Specs: Windows Vista
My HP Pavilion m8300f computer started having issues. I took it to someone in our IT Department and he told me that the capacitors were shot. He told me that I needed a new motherboard. How do I choose a replacement? I would like to stay with a reputable company when buying the new motherboard. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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June 1, 2010 at 05:29:16
I find it unlikely that capacitors are shot. That used to be a semi common problem many years ago, but it's a rare occurrence now. Did this IT guy actually open the case & examine the board & capacitors? or is he just guessing?

What are the issues you're having?

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June 1, 2010 at 20:27:43
Thank you for responding. My IT guy did take it apart. I was having the blue screen problem with Vista service pack updates. I had reinstalled everything and had it running and I started downloading Microsoft updates one at a time without the service packs. Microsoft had other ideas and added them in anyway and I couldn't recover it the second time. So I took it to my IT and he began working on it. He sent me a message later that day telling me that he could get it up and running , but that I had bigger problems. He checked the hardware and found bulging capacitors. I trust him, but the problem is that he is away for a few weeks and I would like to get the motherboard to have so that he can put everything back together. Now my problem is finding one. I have checked tigerdirect, comp USA and Newegg. They all keep pointing me in the direction of a motherboard that will work, but I don't know if I'm going to be losing anything in this switch.

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June 1, 2010 at 23:49:11
Generally speaking the motherboard is the key component that Windows uses to determine hardware originality. Changing the motherboard may well cause your OEM version of Windows to no longer work.

That said, you would need to use a replacement board that has the same CPU socket type and sues the same meory type too.

According to the HP site your board has an AM2 socket, which is not that old.

Have you checked to verify it isn't covered under warranty?

The link below shows your specs and there is a link for warranty there. I suggest you first pursue that option.

As jam stated, bad capacitors was a problem dating back more than 5 years. I guess it is possible but I would like to see a photo of the bulging capacitors. Do you have the motherboard or the whole computer in your possession? If so, take some photos and upload them to a site like photobucket and post the link here in this thread.

Googling for "bad capacitors" will yield many hits. Below are a few.

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June 3, 2010 at 10:13:30
Thank you for your response. I did check with the IT guy and he told me that the capacitors were bulging and beginning to vent at the top. None of them have begun to leak. I have found a motherboard on eBay that is the same as mine. I am always leary of buying electronics from eBay, but I need to get this put back together ASAP. A motherboard that is the same seems to be the best fit right now. The motherboards that had been suggested by other companies won't fit in my casing.

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August 7, 2010 at 14:21:55
I am having the same problem. I also have an HP m8300f. 6 capacitors on the mb are bulging. Now I have to buy another mb. I am intermediate in computer skills. I know enough to get myself into trouble, but I'm not skilled enough to replace a mb. I have a tech friend that will replace it for me once I buy it. My biggest problem right now is finding one that is compatible. I'm not looking to upgrade...simply replace. I don't have a copy of Vista, since it was preloaded onto the system when I bought it. Basically, I just need something that can be put in and I can get back to using my system. Does this even exist? lol

This seems pretty close to what is in there now and it's by the same manufacturer. Will this work? Help please!! =)

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August 7, 2010 at 17:13:30

For best results you should start your own thread here in the hardware forum.

When you do, post the model of your computer or motherboard. If you read #3 above that will tell you that there is a risk you may need to buy a new copy of Windows.

For best compatibility you should get the exact same model or a very similar one.

Posting your model will help us to find a potential replacement.

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November 14, 2010 at 16:01:05
Hi I have the same make and model of computer and my IT guy said the capacitors on the motherboard are bad and the motherboard needs to be replaced. He also said he didnt feel it was worth the cost to do that and that I should just buy a new computer.If you find a motherboard to replace yours I would be interested to know the cost.

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