Think I fried my Asus X553m Motherboard

Asus X553ma-db01,black,15.6in hd (1366x7...
May 7, 2020 at 02:31:55
Specs: Windows 10
Hi Guys,
I have a Asus X553m Laptop, or should I say had. Anyway the screen was getting increasingly difficult to see which black lines across it. So I have an Acer with a dead motherboard but exact same screen so pulled it out to put in the Asus.

Anyway, as I connected the new screen I saw a very very small spark. 99.9% sure this has fried the board, I have tried finding guides for what to test on the board cos there is obviously 1 transistor that's probably burnt out causing the dead board.

Any advice appreciated. Is it worth trying to fix the original board or am I better just buying a replacement. Anyone ever bought parts from Ali-Express?, Reluctant to buy from Ebay as you never know what your going to get.(Heard good reviews of Ali-Express, but never used the site)

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May 7, 2020 at 02:43:00
If you saw a spark, then it's unlikely only one component was affected. A new mobo is in order, but given the current state of affairs, I'd stick with a retailer based on this side of the pond (assuming you're in the USA). Newegg comes to mind....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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May 7, 2020 at 02:43:39
have tried to de-charge the laptop? (remote any power source & hold down the power for 15 sec, dot it twice to be sure)

any other cable you can use? like switch from displayport to hdmi?

you can also try reconnecting the display ribbon cable to the board again.

could you provide a picture of the lines? or explain how they look & in what orientation they are in?

i should be able to determine if its either GPU or display/motherboard connection


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May 7, 2020 at 03:02:02
I don't have a picture of the laptop screen, but have found a picture curtousy of Google of a similar looking screen, probably about 5 or 6 on the screen, probably caused when my kids decided to used the laptop as a step, or having no spacial awareness!!!, Link included, (don't know if this link will work)

After I connected the new screen I switched the laptop on and the power light did come on, but nothing powered up, no fans, no beeps (it sounded dead if that makes sense), but there was still a charge on the battery. But by the time I returned to it in the morning there was nothing there, no lights no power.

As previously said, I'm thinking the best way forward would be sourcing a new mobo, as chances are I have fried the old one by trying to install a new screen.

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May 7, 2020 at 05:00:28
"as I connected the new screen I saw a very very small spark"

You left the battery in it or plugged in while you worked on it? Before you attempted to swap screens, did you try connecting an external monitor to see if the GPU was working properly?

It's a low end laptop that generally got bad reviews. It's time for a new & better laptop.

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May 7, 2020 at 05:14:12
Very stupidly I had reconnected the battery before reconnecting the new screen. I knew everything was working properly as i connected the new screen before removing the old 1 from the case, turning the laptop on, it started up correctly, screen working perfectly.

I think it is safe to say I fried the laptop when connecting the new screen to the mobo.

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May 7, 2020 at 05:25:01
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May 7, 2020 at 06:42:44
What are the chances the CPU has been fried when the motherbaord died. I don't want to buy a new mobo to then find the cpu is dead aswell.

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May 7, 2020 at 09:04:30
Why not just buy a new laptop? The one you have is a sub-$200 cheapie, it has a weak Celeron or Pentium CPU, plus it's at least 5 years old. Repairing it is not cost effective.

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May 7, 2020 at 11:39:50
In my experience, I would suggest you to perform a detailed analysis of the hardware in the first place. Sometimes, the spark might be due to a faulty wire connection or cable, so the motherboard might not be affected completely. This is just a guess, because most of the time, the first thing that’d be affected because of such a spark would be the motherboard, since it is the most vulnerable to such fluctuations.

You could certainly try and salvage something out of this situation by draining the battery completely, replacing the cables, etc. and then reboot the system in order to find out whether you have something left.

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May 7, 2020 at 14:22:49
Yes it is / was a low end model, and I can retrieve any data needed from the hard drive by connecting to another laptop. But the laptop was being used by my daughter for her school work and as much as Id love to I can't nor don't have the money to go out and buy a new laptop.

I am reluctant to fix, as it isnt economical and in all honesty I prob won't fix it.

Thanks for everyone's help and advice. Youve all been great. 😁

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