Faulty Motherboards: Repair or Replace and what is the cost of motherboard repairs? If you’re here, then you’re probably facing some motherboard issues and are wondering if it’s worth it to repair/replace the motherboard or the device altogether. There are many factors to include in your thinking, but the most pressing one will probably be the costs of motherboard repairs. A repair job will almost always be cheaper than a replacement device, but if the repair is looking to cost above 60% of the cost of a replacement then you should always consider the age/condition of the machine before making a decision. And to cut unnecessary, always get a free quote before deciding to skip a repair.

The cost of motherboard repairs

Motherboard issues are complicated, which makes their diagnosis as difficult as the actual repair

The problematic characteristic of a motherboard problem is that when something is going wrong with it, that problem can then affect many parts of your computer in many ways. The only way to unfailingly isolate the issue is through a vigilant process of elimination. This process takes time and expertise. Fixing a motherboard is also quite intensive because everything in your computer needs to be carefully removed before the motherboard can be replaced. A highly knowledgeable technician is always best to accurately diagnose and repair a motherboard problem.


Motherboards are a bit flimsy and they can cost a lot

They’re such a complex piece of electronics with many different variables that can put a motherboard out of action. Electrical spikes and surges are deadly for motherboards. Foreign objects such as lint, dust, and others being sucked into your computer by your fan can also do all kinds of damage to your device’s motherboard.


You can’t simply replace your motherboard with any old off-the-shelf substitute

If you do need to replace a motherboard, compatibility with your computer’s existing hardware is a very important factor. A motherboard that is incompatible with your other hardware can destroy your computer. Not only will an incompatible motherboard put stress on other components, but it could also mean the complete loss of your data as you may need to reformat your hard drive. This is why if your computer does have motherboard problems, it’s really important to go with a PC Repairs company you can trust. Ask any questions in the comments section below, or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Google my Business and we will try to answer asap!


Faulty motherboard repairs and replacements


If you are experiencing any unusual laptop/desktop failures we recommend you get in touch. We do know what we’re doing.


How do you know that your motherboard is failing?

Your device (laptop/desktop) may start to boot but then shut down. You may also experience unusually increased Windows errors or “blue screens of death”. These are some symptoms of failing motherboards and repair or replacement are not the only options you’re faced with. The device may freeze for seemingly no reason, or connected devices that have always worked before will suddenly stop working. More possible failings:

  • No power
  • Your laptop/desktop is not booting up.
  • Your laptop/desktop is freezing frequently.
  • Your laptop/desktop is restarting without being prompted.
  • Blue screen of death or BSOD with or without error codes.
  • A complete black or a blank screen.
  • Your device seems to be experiencing software problems.
  • You see odd behavior on your monitor, in the form of flickering, lines on the screen, or unexpected freezes.
  • BIOs Issues.
  • A burning or melted plastic smell.
  • When you plug a flash drive into your computer’s USB port it sometimes fails to initialize.


Can a motherboard be successfully repaired or is it better to buy a new one?

It depends on the damage/fault. If a single capacitor is not working, it can be de-soldered but if it’s a host of issues that are causing the fault then it might be better, cost-effective, and less stressful to have it replaced with a new one. The cost of motherboard repairs might be less than what you’d be faced with if you decided on buying a whole new device – or you can at least have more time added to the lifespan of your current device.


The safest way to deal with such issues is to have the device checked by a professional to avoid further damage. In this way, you’ll also find out if it is worth it to have the motherboard repaired at all – it might be best to replace the laptop or desktop.

Get help to have your device diagnosed by using our handy Helpdesk – and have your repairs done within 72 hours.


How much does it cost to have a laptop/desktop motherboard repaired?

Laptop motherboards generally cost between R600 to R1000 to repair, and desktop motherboards can be around R600 to R800 both depending on the severity of the problem. A complete and accurate quote based on the repair job itself depends on the extent of the damage. Log a ticket to get a quote within 24 hours.