What are the sign of failing motherboard?

What are the sign of failing motherboard? – 7 Reasons

Are you facing some unusual problems with your PC? Like slowing down, getting frozen suddenly, not recognizing some of the hardware, or any unexpected problems? Then these are the common signs of a failing motherboard. Now, you might be thinking of what are the other signs of a failing motherboard! In today’s blog, we will discuss all of these and also the reason behind this potential failure. So, stay tuned!

If a human succumbs to any disease, then there will be some kind of symptom. Similarly, the motherboard also starts to function slowly, and the user faces some kind of unusual activity. If you still ignore it, then you cannot revive the motherboard. That is why you need to know the obvious symptom and signs of the faulty motherboard or bad motherboard and so that you have enough time to take preventive actions.

Signs Of A Failing Motherboard

1. Freezes or Glitches 

One of the most common symptoms of motherboard failure or bad motherboard is freezing your entire system. Suppose you are doing some kind of task and suddenly, without any reason, if your screen freezes, then it means there may be some kind of failure from the motherboard’s side. You can’t do anything, though. You try to do something using the mouse or keyboard. No response is coming from the system. These types of glitches are very common symptoms.

2. Blue Screen

If you see your machine is showing a blue screen without any reason or in between your ongoing task then, don’t ignore it. It may occur from any hardware-related issues; I mean motherboard issues. With the error code, just try to find the problem initially in Google or Microsoft’s website. If you are still unable to find the reason, then don’t waste your time go to the repair shop and tell them to find out the reason and fix that.

3. Slowing down

If you are facing some boot process slowing down in your system for a couple of days suddenly, then it is a sign of motherboard or any other physical drive failure. This means your desktop needs some attention immediately, and you need to fix it right now.

4. Not recognizing hardware

If your desktop cannot detect the hardware, first of all, change the port and check if it is working or not. If not, then there is a problem in that port. You should replace this. In the rear I/O panel, if any of the ports are not working, then go to your motherboard’s official service center and tell them to replace the whole I/O panel.

5. Beep noises

When you are doing some kind of operations or tasks on your computer and if you notice that some kind of unusual beep sound or error beeps noise with beep code or error messages are coming from the system and the whole screen is stuck that means there is some kind of issue in your motherboard.

6. Random Restart

If there is any software-related issue, then your system can restart randomly. But it may also happen due to hardware errors or hardware issues. Initially, try to find out if there is any malicious software in your system or regularly update your software and security intelligence update for Microsoft defender. After doing all these steps, if the random restarts still happen, then it is a sign of motherboard failure. Go to motherboard manufacturers and try to figure out the problem and fix it.

Cause of potential failure

We have already discussed all the motherboard failure symptoms above. But you should also know the reason behind it. If you can take some precautions, then you may not be facing the problems. So, without wasting more time, let’s know the reasons behind motherboards failure.


Generally, the CPU produces heat if you put a workload on it. If heat cannot dissipate from the system, then it may damage your motherboard and cause motherboard failure. Due to modern technology, nowadays, we can see the overheating warning in our system. Many inexperienced users overclock the memory and CPU, for that it creates more than normal heat and damages your board and other related components. If you face any kind of these things, shut down as early as possible and go to your technician and tell them to check the cooling system and the thermal paste level.


When you go without cleaning your system for over a year, and your case or cabinet does not have great dust prevention measures, maybe there is no dust filter in place, then the motherboard or other hardware components are covered in dust. Dust also covers the VRM heatsinks, chipset heatsink even the Video cards also. You will even get dust on top of your PCI-Express slot; it gets fairly excessive. And if you find something like this or maybe dirtier, you might want to consider cleaning. Smoke can also damage the components of the motherboard slowly, and after a year, it may become a defective piece.

Old age

Each and everything in the world has a certain life span. If you are using your system for a long time, then it can stop any day. If you are using a very old machine, it will come to an end because the motherboard components like capacitors, sockets’ longevity decrease. So, make sure to change or upgrade your parts with time. 

Power surge

If your system does not get a stable power supply or gets an insufficient power supply, then it can easily get damaged. Make sure you have used proper PSU for your system and use UPS or any surge protector. UPS will save your system from power instability. Without an appropriate supply of power, the capacitors or the transistors may get damaged immediately.

Signs of Damage from Dropping a computer

If accidentally you drop your computer, then check carefully if the outer case or the chassis is broken or not. In the case of a laptop, start examining the internal damage. Try listening if there is any part moving inside it by shaking the laptop. If your laptop comes with an HDD, then it may get damaged because it’s breakable. For the desktop, first, unplug from the power supply and then open the side panel of the cabinet and check properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the causes for a motherboard to die?

There are a variety of reasons like unstable power connection, dust, heat, and also, if the CMOS battery dies, then also the motherboard becomes unresponsive.

What causes motherboard failure in laptops?

If you accidentally drop your laptop, then the Physical damage can damage the motherboard. The heat management of the laptop is very poor, so if there is any problem regarding this, like the cooling fan not working or if any obstacle is there between the cooling vent, this may damage your system. Also, many professional users connect an external monitor to the laptop via HDMI cable, which may send a high voltage surge directly to the motherboard and can damage easily.

What are symptoms you observe when a power supply is about to fail?

The system will generate excessive heat of normal usage a power source is about to fail.

Will a dead motherboard have power going through it at all?

Yes, but the motherboard chips have got burnt or experienced any other electrical failure or damage, which isn’t really worth repairing. So, buying a whole new motherboard will save you time and money. There’s no point in having power go through the motherboard if the motherboard is already physically damaged. 


Motherboard helps the entire system to establish the connection between all the different components and hardware. We have already mentioned some symptoms or warning signs of motherboard failure. If you find any of them, then you should take care of your system. 

We have discussed the common reasons behind the motherboard failure, so you can check issues, whether those are affecting your system or not, and save your computer from a motherboard failure! Also, leave a comment, letting us know if it’s helpful or not.

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