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A motherboard (sometimes alternatively known as the mainboard, system board, planar board or logic board[1]) is a printed circuit board (PCB) found in all modern computers which holds many of the crucial components of the system, such as the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, and provides connectors for other peripherals. Motherboard specifically refers to a PCB with expansion capability.

An image of a motherboard –

Motherboard usually covers the following topics –

  • Basic Components Identification
  • Form Factor
  • I/O Ports and Peripheral Interfaces
  • Memory Slots
  • Expansion Slots
  • Expansion cards
  • Disk Drives Connectors
  • Chipset
  • POST or Power On Self Test
  • BIOS CMOS and CMOS Battery
  • Jumpers and DIP Switches
  • CPU Socket
  • Cooling
  • Configuring the Motherboard
  • Install Replace and Maintain a Motherboard
  • The Booting Process

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