Removing Your Motherboard

by on December 20, 2007

Q: How do I locate and remove the motherboard in a computer I’m preparing to sell?

A: In a tower the motherboard is located on the right side when viewed from the front. The other side is where you access the board. Lay the case down with motherboard facing up. Remove the panel and you will see all of the interior components.

First be sure to unplug the computer. Next touch the case to discharge any static buildup on your hands or better yet by a anti-static strap to attach to your wrist. The best way to access the motherboard is to remove all of the drives.

Next remove all of the cards. The memory you can leave on the board since it will not get in the way of you removing the board. Although if you are not selling the memory it is easier to remove it while the board is still in the case. Just push the latches on both sides of each memory module.

Next unplug all of the cable connections. Finally look for the motherboard screws. One set of screws will be near the outer edge of the case by the slots for the cards. The other set should be approximately past the middle of the board under where the drives were sitting.

Most cases as well as motherboards should have six holes the for motherboard screws. Once all the screws are out the motherboard will lift right out.