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How do I know if motherboard is damaged?

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I was using my laptop for almost 2 years. I didn’t get any primary problem inside my laptop. But while using Kali Linux I had faced a problem once which was Wireless connection problem. Almost i faced the problem 2 months. I Couldn't figure outwhat the problem. So i was keep searching about the problem. I had almost asked over than 3 questions in Unix SE each time(there's a reason behind asking a lot but I am writing the question in mobile hence i can't write the whole story now) i got answer but they were helpful for 1-2 days later i again face the same problem some people in Superuser said to take it to a mechanic. The problem was only happening in Kali that's why i thought it may be a functional problem in Kali rather than device. Then some had said, if the problem is happening with all OS than you should contact a mechanic but they think It was a problem in Kali. So i didn’t take it to mechanic even average mechanic in this country don’t have any idea of Linux systems.

Today someone took the laptop to buy a new charger but mechanic were saying that the motherboard of the device is damaged. When i had heard it i wondering why i never face any problem with my device(without that Kali problem). I was asking myself again what's the functionality of motherboard. After searching little bit i found that

The motherboard is the backbone that ties the computer’s components together at one spot and allows them to talk to each other. Without it, none of the computer pieces, such as the CPU, GPU, or hard drive, could interact. Total motherboard functionality is necessary for a computer to work well. If your motherboard is on the fritz, expect some big problems.

I had known it earlier also. But i still wonder they are lying or not. Cause i just know that my device has a problem which is the device's cooling fan is damaged (not completely but it can't cool my device properly) i think It's 2nd hand laptop that's why it is a general problem. I never lost data unknowingly.

Oops! I forgot to mention why the Kali problem was happening few months ago I was reading some Documentation i had read in a doc that, I atleast need 4GB ram to use Kali but there's some application which is very powerful and I need 8GB ram to use them (a software called Burpsuite there's some more but I Don't remember their name). If I use these softwares than there could be some problem occur with WiFi and some other (and I had faced that issue for same reason).

How do I know if motherboard is damaged? In my mind, there's actually no problem with motherboard. I can use Android Studio (which is a "powerful" software. You need atleast 4GB ram to use it properly) with no problem and some programmings softwares also I don’t get any problem with using any programming softwares. I don’t have the laptop with me right now that's why i can't give any info of it.

I don’t get any hardware fault. Even I could use every single OS with no problem (without Kali).

The main point is, most of computer mechanic in this country don’t have too much of knowledge about Computer machine that's why most of time I don’t get to them.

In this article https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/tech-takes/what-does-a-motherboard-do#! I found that if following thing happens with/in my laptop than i have to ensure my laptop's motherboard is damaged.

Peripherals that fail or take a long time to start up. Computer powering off unexpectedly. Computer not turning on at all. Burning or chemical smell coming from your computer.

Now i believe if above statement is true than my laptop's motherboard may not damaged. (I couldn’t write them as point that's why I just separated them by period i would request u to suggest an edit to point them out. I can't write it properly cause i am in mobile as I said earlier.)

Anyway i am not using a single OS currently i have 3 OS. Windows 10, Debian and Xubuntu. Xubuntu and Debian works fine with no problem but a non-linux user think that they are taking longer time to start cause when the system starts there's lot of starting message (i don’t know what they are called) which they think that those are errors that's a point to misunderstand my laptop (which those mechanic done I guess cause if you press power button than it will automatically open Xubuntu and there will be lots of messages). Secondly, the same thing happens wit Debian also. Thirdly, I guess It's an Windows problem cause i don’t use Windows much more that's why i haven’t updated Windows. For that reason, it takes longer time to start windows (but not always). And it takes longer time to shutdown when for Windows not for others. I repeat i don’t see any errors at all. The final step is true little bit. Rarely, i can smell some burning in my laptop (i think i phrase it wrong i don’t know what's the accurate line that's why i am just leaving it as is) but 5-6 months ago i could smell it every single day but i don’t think that I can smell it now(maybe over than 5-6 months when I was a Windows user whenever I was using heavy software like as Android Studio than my laptop was getting hit too fast and since my cooler wasn’t good that's why i thought the burning smell is general.

As I was saying that i was doubting that mechanic. Now it's getting real to me. I had read somewhere that, a professional can diagnose hardware problem while everyone can't. I was suspecting that maybe that mechanic is professional that's why he had found some problem in my laptop that's why he said that motherboard is damaged. I was believing that a day. Later that day, the person (who were using my laptop) said, "I was using the laptop for an hour suddenly it had shut down and I am unable to turn it on". I can't make a conclusion until i take the device. But...... Actually it's hard to plug charger in my device it's a port problem with that charger. Whenever I try to plug my charger I have to stretch,pull and push the charger different to plug the charger properly. When my laptop's battery is down it doesn't return any notification before shutting it down automatically. And if battery is completely 0% than it's impossible to turn on my laptop. So I am suspecting that the comment isnt helpful for the situation. Now my question is "Is there possible way to know if motherboard is damaged without turning laptop on?" I can say with 100% guarantee that if people thinks that laptop isn't turning on for damaging of motherboard than they are completely wrong. No general person can plug charger in my device properly.

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