I was told my motherboard was bad but I want to make sure

August 18, 2012 at 23:17:33
Specs: Windows 7
I purchased a aspire 5551 from a yard sale and they told me the motherboard was bad due to their daughter leaving it on too long. I brought it home and plugged it in and it booted up. Is it possible for the motherboard to be bad if it boots up ok?

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#1
August 18, 2012 at 23:29:50
Not initially, but let it run for a while, nonetheless. Problems that don't show up after a cold-boot may develop after the machine has warmed-up.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
August 19, 2012 at 05:05:40
I would test the memory first with Memtest86 from a bootable CD you can prepare.
Then I would test the hard drive with the hard drive mfg's utility or Seatools from Seagate also from a bootable CD.
IF both test OK then I would perform a Factory restore from either the recovery partition or recovery media if supplied (purchasable from mfg with model and serial number). This would wipe anything off of the system that you might not want including many problems (including infections). After this, update Windows, Drivers, install your preferred antivirus program (or Avast Free version) and set things up the way you like.
Know that many problems could have lead to an incorrect diagnosis of a bad motherboard like a bad power supply, bad memory, a hard drive that was going, an infection or corrupted system file or other hardware problems. Unless you know who and how it was diagnosed, you will either need to wait until problems surface, or begin diagnosing it all over again, which would need symptoms to begin with anyway.

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#3
August 19, 2012 at 06:55:17
Thank you. I haven't had any motherboard issues with any of my computers in the past so I was not sure what to look for. My next problem is getting around her password so I can check the rest of the system out, Do you have any ideas?

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#4
August 19, 2012 at 06:56:26
Thank you I will leave is on and see what happens. I apprecite your help.


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#5
August 19, 2012 at 09:45:42
probablt need to ask the people you bought it from the password if at all possible

Davidw


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#6
August 19, 2012 at 11:23:25
I use this to clear passwords: http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

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#7
August 19, 2012 at 16:13:18
If you do a factory restore you bypass any but BIOS level passwords and get a clean start.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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