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Cheap way to test out if motherboards are repairable?

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I'm looking for some advice.

I have 2 very lightly used MSI K8N Neo3-F motherboards with the NForce4-4x chipset. I installed them successfully in a problem machine, and got everything to run. The problems (as listed here) happened, so I had to replace the motherboard because only the fans spin, but there is no POST.

I would like to know if there is any way to test if the motherboards are repairable without having a technician charging me big $$ to test them out. The problem is that I don't have spare socket 754 CPU's lying around, and also I don't have the equipment nor, more importantly, the expertise to diagnose what is precisely causing a problem with the motherboards.

If nothing else, I'm thinking the motherboards are worth something to somebody, rather than end up at a computer junkyard. Are there places where I can "borrow" a CPU and a stick of RAM, or even better, places that will pay $ for a damaged motherboard?
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As a general rule, motherboards are not repairable, it often works out far cheaper just to buy a new one.

Most of the bits on the back - parallel, serial, USB, Firewire, LAN, graphics, sound - can be replaced with separate cards should they fail.

Best thing to do is take the boards to a local computer shop who should be able to help and tell you whether the boards are usable or not. They'll often do this by swapping bits out.
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