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Hardware

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Fault-finding and troubleshooting PC Motherboards

All you ever wanted to know about fault finding, troubleshooting and mitigating PC motherboard problems.

3.50 (5 reviews)

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2.5 hours

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Dec 2019

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What you will learn

In this course students will learn how to fault-find and troubleshoot common PC motherboard problems such as faulty hardware (e.g. such as motherboards, RAM and storage)

How to use freely available software tools to test and validate a system

How to select the most suitable components and layouts for specific applications

How to design systems to minimise problems going forward.


Description

A course designed for analysts, technicians and enthusiasts looking for practical, hands on skills and techniques to assist with troubleshooting and diagnostics of PC motherboards and associated technology.

The pareto principle (the 80:20 'rule') is very clearly demonstrated in PC motherboard fault finding. 80% of faults can be diagnosed using simple, easily available software tools. This course explains what those tools are, how to find them and use them. Likewise most of those problems can be mitigated using common techniques that the course details as well. Finally the course will describe what the 'other' 20% of problems are and the tools required to find them (although it will not go into the detail of how to resolve them).

The course is divided into 3 sections - the first section is a technical review of the essential parts of a typical PC motherboard, the second section provides practical troubleshooting techniques based around solving common problems encountered by users, the third section is a collection of screencasts showing you how to use common diagnostic tools such as CPU-Z, Hardinfo, Memtest86 and the Gnome Disk Utility.



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Fault-finding and troubleshooting PC Motherboards
Fault-finding and troubleshooting PC Motherboards
Fault-finding and troubleshooting PC Motherboards
Fault-finding and troubleshooting PC Motherboards

Content

Welcome to the Course

Introduction

Technical Review

Introduction & history

Motherboard tour pt1

Motherboard tour - CPU & Northbridge

Motherboard tour - storage connections

Motherboard tour - CMOS & BIOS

Motherboard tour - expansion slots

Motherboard example - Baby AT board

Motherboard example - Full ATX board

Motherboard example - Micro ATX board

Motherboard example - Mini ITX board

Motherboard example - BTX board

Motherboard example - Hybrid board

RAM chips and modules - DIMMS

RAM chips and modules - SO-DIMM

Motherboard Layout Comparison

CPU sockets pt1

CPU sockets pt2

Chipsets (Part 1)

Chipset review and demonstrations

Expansion cards and slots

Expansion cards and slots: comparison pt 1

Expansion cards and slots: comparison pt 2

Expansion connectors

P.O.S.T. card overview

PC power supplies: introduction

PSU demonstration: ATX 300W

PSU demonstration: Mini-ITX PSU

PSU demonstration: PICO PSUs

PSU demonstration: Antec PSU

Technical Review end of session quiz

Fault finding and troubleshooting

Introduction and common issues

My computer will not start - PSU and electrical issues

My computer will not pass its P.O.S.T. routine

My computer will not pass its P.O.S.T. routine - pt2

CPU, socket and RAM related issues pt1

CPU and RAM related issues pt2

Expansion card and slot issues

Expansion card and slot issues pt2

Expansion connector and chipset issues

Overclocking & component issues pt1

Overclocking and component issues pt2

A guide to visual inspection of motherboards

Supplementary material

Millward's PC MOT (MMOT)

MMOT part 2: suggested applications

Using CPU-Z to determine the characteristics of your system board

Using HardInfo to determine the characteristics of your system board

Using the http://powersupplycalculator.net/ online PSU calculator website

Using Memtest86 to check your RAM

Using Systester to check your CPU

Using Gnome Disk Utility (GDU) to check your storage devices


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Udemy ID

9/19/2019

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3/24/2021

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