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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2003, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Motherboard Swap Problems

What will I need to do and what are some of the problems that I will encounter if I swap out my old processor and motherboard for a faster one. Will I still be able to use all my old stuff like CDR and 80G hard drive and fans? I was looking at Fry's ad and seen the 1.7 GHz Intel Celeron Processor and ECS Motherboard. It says bare CPU

ECS L4S5MG Motherboard with On boardVideo(with available AGP Port)

USB2.0 10/100 LAN

$89.99

Is this a good deal? I have a bootable disk that I made when I replaced my hard drive and I also have the restore disk that came with the PC. If I change the processor can I use these disk to get everything back up and running or do I even need them?

Please let me know

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2003, 06:21 PM
 
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I do all kinds of swaps on my computer from multiple hard-drives
and motherboards. You will still be able to use your cdr and other
parts. Do you still have the drivers for your cdr or hardware disk
that came with it? If you do you will have no problems. If you have any other ?'s or prblems feel free to e-mail me.
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So when I swap the board out and I turn the computer on for the first time what will I have to do? Is this going to be like installing say a new modem or new printer. Just insert the CD and install software? Sorry for being an idiot but I am ignorant about computers
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Just be aware that Win2k and XP are very picky. If you swap out the MB and install a new one, chances are you will have to reinstall the OS.
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What OS do you have?
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Shouldn't have a problem. Windows should pick up the new devices, and install the drivers for them ... if Windows can't install the drivers, the board should come with a disk or CD that will have the chipset drivers and such to use.

Of course, this is a best case scenerio. When swapping out major components like the motherboard/processor, there's always a chance you'll have to reinstall the OS. So as a precaution, I'd go ahead and back everything up, just incase.

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You need to see if your current RAM is compatible with the new Mobo.

What I usually do if swapping Mobos with windows is go into the Control Panel/System/Device Manager and delete all hardware entries with the old mobo installed. Shut down the PC, swap mobo, start up and windows will find all drivers again. There is less chance of things getting screwed up this way.

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Thanks guys. I will try this soon. If I don't post for awhile its because I f**ked something up and had to buy a new puter.
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Thanks guys. I will try this soon. If I don't post for awhile its because I f**ked something up and had to buy a new puter.
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I went through 3 motherboard swaps on Windows ME, it lasted about 2 years on the same install, but, I never really used the computer anyway other then to play Diablo II. Be prepared to reinstall, not format, if something doesnt work correctly. Good luck

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-18-2003, 02:02 AM
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You need to see if your current RAM is compatible with the new Mobo.

What I usually do if swapping Mobos with windows is go into the Control Panel/System/Device Manager and delete all hardware entries with the old mobo installed. Shut down the PC, swap mobo, start up and windows will find all drivers again. There is less chance of things getting screwed up this way.

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DOH! Can't believe I forgot about that. Yeah, definitely dump everything out of device manager (do it from Safe Mode, to make sure you get any ghost devices that don't show up in normal mode) ... then install the new mobo, and windows should pick everything up.

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