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    Replace Mainboard

    I have reason to believe that my motherboard is going bad and I'm wanting to replace it. I built my PC from the ground up a few years back so the physical part of doing this is not an issue. My question is: Can I get through exchanging the mainboard without reinstalling all the software?

    My intention is to upgrade the mainboard, processor and memory but to move everything else (hard drives, video, audio, etc) to the new mainboard. Once the new system is put together, is there any reason that the system would not fire up as usual?

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    Re: Replace Mainboard

    Other than the OS taking a boot (or two or three) to reinstall any drivers for the mainboard - I don't think you'll have any problems. I had to do this a few times in my previous position at work.
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    Re: Replace Mainboard

    I've been toying with doing similar to my PC so I would be very interested to hear how you go.

    I am running Win98 on the box I plan to upgrade. Do you mind me asking what OS you are running? TIA.
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    Re: Replace Mainboard

    Chris - Thanks. I figured as much. I'd rather get a sharp stick in the eye than have to reinstall all my software, etc. I'm going to get an MSI - Neo2-P. Never used an MSI mainboard before but I've heard they're fairly durable. My present board is an Abit. I won't do that again!

    Granville - I'm using Windows XP-Pro v2

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    Re: Replace Mainboard

    Might be a good idea to remove as many relevant drivers as you can from device manager prior to shutting the machine down for the upgrade, then it should reduce the possibility of conflicts when you restart after replacing components.

    I've done this before too without too many issues.
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    Re: Replace Mainboard

    If you are changing to a significantly different type of board, such as basic PC to ACPI or even Athlon to Pentium, you might have some hassles. But otherwise, it should be OK.

    If you have Windows XP, you might see if the "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" has anything good for you. It never seems to work out for me, but I'm sure it's just a persoanl problem.

    On the other hand, it would be better in the medium and long run, to just take this oppurtunity to reinstall all the software clean. That way all the old unused stuff is removed and everything that remains is nice and organized and needed.

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    Re: Replace Mainboard

    No question that is good advice... However, I have enough reg cleaners, spyware zappers and other utilites that I can't imagine my machine needing the clean installs... Seems like hardware failures happen often enough to create a "must reinstall" opportunity that I just can't see me doing this as a "choice".

    I recently started getting a ...spin/clunk/stop/freeze... noise from my C: drive and origianlly thought my hard drive was getting ready to die. I changed the IDE cable and that did not help. Then I moved it from the on-board IDE to a PCI IDE add-in card. That fixed it! So I reasoned that the IDE port on the mainboard is malfunctioning. At the moment, all is well but I'm concerend that the mainboard may continue to deteriorate.

    Before I make a final decision on my new mainboard, I'll be seeking some advice in my next post. I certainly welcome your input.

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