PC stuck at motherboard screen? Here is what to do
Computer problems vary in their seriousness and frequency of occurrence. Some, like the legacy boot issues will occasionally need complex solutions to solve. Other problems, including those causing the issue where the PC gets stuck at motherboard screen may not necessarily require such involving fixes.
Either way, we always advise that you start with the simplest idea that you can think off and only progress to alternative ‘harder’ fixes when all your clever ideas come unstuck.
Now, the purpose of this article is to show you how to fix the problem with your PC getting stuck at motherboard screen and make your computer boot.
As I hinted earlier, while the glitch looks scary at first, you’ll be surprised that it takes a fairly simplistic approach to overcome it.
Let’s first look at the possible triggers of this fault…
Causes of the PC stuck at motherboard screen issue
The hitch can arise because of several reasons:
- System RAM: A bad memory (maybe due to overclocking or an overvoltage) can originate this hiccup in your computer. You could also encounter the annoying glitch if one of your memory slots is faulty.
- Wrong Boot configuration: Altering the initial startup setup, for instance, using the MSCONFIG tool could end up bringing these sort of troubles.
- Corrupt BIOS: If for some reasons your motherboard BIOShas become corrupted, then you can be sure of numerous challenges at boot time such as this pc stuck at motherboard screen issue. For example, a failed BIOS update is known to introduce this stubborn matter.
Overall, PC troubles can come about because of some very strange happenings- some very petty- so these are just a highlight.
What to do if your PC gets stuck at motherboard screen
So, what should you do if your PC chooses to remain stuck on its BIOS splash screen at startup?Here are some proven solutions.
Solution 1: Restart Your PC
Easy but works from time to time. You see your PC could just be facing minor and very temporary BIOS read errors so restarting it will help it to reload the correct settings and boot successfully.
Try this and see how it goes.
Solution 2: Boot in Safe Mode
Safe mode helps rectify countless malfunctions from slow boots to failed startup and everything in-between. Try it.
- Manually shut down (forcibly) your PC around three times consecutively. The Choose an option screen. Click troubleshoot.
- Select Advanced options.
- From there, choose Startup Settings
- Hit Restart.
- After your PC has restarted, you’ll see a host of choices. Select 4/F4 to start it in safe mode.
- If it boots, run the system restore to take back your computer settings to a previously working state.
Solution 3: Check your Boot order
If you have changed the boot order, your PC will struggle to figure out where to boot from so you need to rectify your boot sequence.
- Start your PC and Get in its BIOS (press the right key at startup e.g. ESC, F9, F2 etc.).
- Locate the boot order area and make sure that your hard drive is set to be the first booting device.
- Restart your PC.
You will also experience the same problem if you have an external gadget such as an iPod plugged in. So also ensure that you don’t have external storage devices such as a USB hard drive connected.
Solution 4: Check the RAM
We already saw that the system memory(RAM) is a frequent source of this kind of error. To recover, narrow down on the RAM and inspect them installed RAM modules plus their slots.
- Open your system unit.
- Locate the RAMs and:
- Remove the RAMs one by one(where applicable).
- You then reinsert the RAMs (again one by one) while trying to boot each time. If the machine starts without one (or more) of the RAMs, know that the issue is with the memories. Needless to say, you’ll need to replace the suspect RAM module(s).
Solution 5: Clear the CMOS (BIOS)
Clearing the CMOS battery on your motherboard normally resets your BIOS settings back to the factory defaults.
This flashes out existing misconfigurations and corruptions paving the way for the PC to boot.
- Turn off every peripheral device attached to the computer.
- Disconnect the system power cord from its AC power source.
- Remove the computer case cover.
- Find the CMOS battery on the motherboard. The battery is typically in either a horizontal/vertical battery holder although it can also be connected to an installed onboard header using a wire.
- Remove the CMOS battery. Notice the + and – orientation if the CMOS battery is within a holder. Finally, gently pry your battery free from the connector. For batteries connected with a wire to the onboard header, simply disconnect the wire.
- Wait for between 1–5 minutes.
- Reinsert the battery.
- Return the computer case cover back on.
- Plug all the devices back in plus the computer.
- Power on the computer.
Please note that this method is general and your machine may need slightly different steps so refer to your computer manual or manufacturer’s website if unsure.
Also, at times you’ll require a screwdriver to help press the tab (on the rim) of the battery holder
All in all, this fix works like a charm in most cases.
Solution 6: Perform a Fresh Install
In extreme cases, the only way out is to reinstall the suspect configurations. You may have to reinstall Windows, a brand new hard disk, or even a new motherboard.
However, this should come very last when everything else won’t remove the pc stuck at motherboard screen challenge.
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