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Dell inspiron 1521 motherboard fried- should I get a new one?

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i got my Dell inspiron 1521 in 2008 and it had the common problem of just shutting off and not turnig back on. we took it to a computer repair shop and they told us we needed a new motherboard. we put it away and just got it back out recently to see if it would work. I factory reset it and updated a lot of windows things and it worked great for 2 days. you have no idea how happy I was. then I put in a cd and downloaded yahoo music jukebox-- before getting any virus protection. well the computer froze up and shut off. I got it on long enough to half way install free avg on it, then it shut off again. i'm pretty much sure I need a new motherboard- but they are a bit expensive. I'm wondering if I should sell my Dell on eBay for parts and get a mac, or get a new motherboard. the thing is, i don't want to spend the money on a motherboard, then have it fry again. suggestions?

Edited by epohhope2, 19 July 2010 - 08:58 PM.

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If a motherboard is fried it would not start at all, there might be something defective on it but like you said it started and worked great for 2 days so it is not fried just something wrong somewhere.

It might be a motherboard problem, a hardware conflict, a memory problem, a PSU problem and so on so before you throw it out make sure you have checked eveything.
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