How do I check my motherboard's health?

For the past month, I've been dealing with a issue (more details here) and I think I'm pretty certain at this point that my motherboard is the problem here. However, I don't want to risk spending $300 on a new motherboard without being certain that my motherboard is actually damaged or faulty. Is there any way to verify or check for sure that my motherboard is actually damaged or not working properly?
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  1. Check your ram, use memtest 86. If you are having bluescreens, check windows event viewer for critical errors, usually found under admin. It'll be a start. It's doubtful it's the mobo, though possible. Can also try to recreate the bluescreens, so you'll find the patterns. It's possible, in the move, the gpu got bounced and had cracked a solder joint, or even the cpu cooler cracking a trace or joint, so there too is mobo failure. Other than checking the health of every component, there's no quick and easy software that'll diagnose mobo issues. The hdd being a candidate was a good thought, many times it is the suspect, especially after pc movement, but you'll have to go further along that line of thinking, and apply it to everything that's motherboard related.
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  2. also visually, look for swollen or leaking capacitors. damaged capacitors can cause all manner of mischief.
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  3. Karadjgne said:
    Check your ram, use memtest 86. If you are having bluescreens, check windows event viewer for critical errors, usually found under admin. It'll be a start. It's doubtful it's the mobo, though possible. Can also try to recreate the bluescreens, so you'll find the patterns. It's possible, in the move, the gpu got bounced and had cracked a solder joint, or even the cpu cooler cracking a trace or joint, so there too is mobo failure. Other than checking the health of every component, there's no quick and easy software that'll diagnose mobo issues. The hdd being a candidate was a good thought, many times it is the suspect, especially after pc movement, but you'll have to go further along that line of thinking, and apply it to everything that's motherboard related.


    Thanks for the response! I ran memtest overnight and it said the test completed with 0 errors. I think I'll try updating my BIOS next and see if that does anything.
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  4. That can often help
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  5. Karadjgne said:
    Check your ram, use memtest 86. If you are having bluescreens, check windows event viewer for critical errors, usually found under admin. It'll be a start. It's doubtful it's the mobo, though possible. Can also try to recreate the bluescreens, so you'll find the patterns. It's possible, in the move, the gpu got bounced and had cracked a solder joint, or even the cpu cooler cracking a trace or joint, so there too is mobo failure. Other than checking the health of every component, there's no quick and easy software that'll diagnose mobo issues. The hdd being a candidate was a good thought, many times it is the suspect, especially after pc movement, but you'll have to go further along that line of thinking, and apply it to everything that's motherboard related.


    Thanks for the response! I ran memtest overnight and it said the test completed with 0 errors. I think I'll try updating my BIOS next and see if that does anything.
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