Motherboard Help for CD Burning

The motherboard of any PC is a complex piece of hardware that should only be changed by the more experienced user as the slightest change or fault can lead to major problems. A Motherboard can come with many different specifications, such as a gigabyte motherboard, made from various manufactures. The most important function of the motherboard is to handle all the hardware connected to the PC and divert information to and from devices.

Motherboard Configuration

With a motherboard being so complex manufactures decided to implement configuration software onto the motherboard which is called the BIOS or the CMOS. The BIOS or CMOS can be reset by removing the battery that is located on the motherboard, the battery should remain off between 5-10 minutes. The BIOS section has more information on how to troubleshoot & configure the BIOS - CMOS.

Motherboard Overheating

Its is extremely easy for a motherboard to overheat and can cause various major problems, one common cause is constant System Crashing. To keep the motherboard cool its good practice to make sure the tower of the PC is not covered by anything and has good room space so the air can easily flow in and around the PC, keep away from heaters and direct sunlight. You can also purchase small internal fans that fit directly to the main power supply, adding extra airflow can only be a plus.

Motherboard Ports

With the motherboard connecting every hardware device it has already built in ports are that more commonly known as an IDE Port, USB Port, SCSI Port, PCMCIA Port, Parallel Port among a few others. When a device or the PC communicates with each other the data transfers via different ports on the motherboard so its extremely important that the ports are fault free and their drivers fully installed. These drivers are also known as Chipset drivers which can be seen in the Device Manager under IDE ATAPI Ports and USB Controllers. Here you can tell who the manufacture is of the Chipset built into the PC which is commonly Intel, VIA, SIS among others.

Please note that it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines set out in the motherboard manual before attempting any changes to the motherboard. You can download a copy of the motherboard manual from the manufacture web site.