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    Mobo Replacement?

    Friend of mine asked me to look at an eMachine minitower which wasn't working. Replaced the dead PSU, but no activity beyond the CPU fan whirling. Figuring the mobo was fried, I looked for an eMachine replacement. First site I looked at has the mobo, but with a big warning: installation will require reloading the OS. Does anyone know WHY this would be necessary?

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    Re: Mobo Replacement?

    I should imagine that unless it is a 100% identical replacement, new drivers would be required for the hardware.
    (This would just be a re-install, not a fresh, clean install, so there would be no need to re-install other software.)

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    Re: Mobo Replacement?

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is, eMachines are notorious for supplying very cheap and underpowered PSU with their PC's as do most "brand name" PC's. If you consult eMachines parts replacement section on the their website, you will notice that there is a notation included for many of the models that when a PSU goes bad it often takes out the MB with it. <img src=/S/RollEyes.gif border=0 alt=RollEyes width=19 height=19> So, my advice is to NOT replace the PSU with the one which eMachines offers but rather look into a quality PSU, e.g., Antec, Mushkin, OCZ, Thermaltake, et al.

    Secondly, it is also true that if you replace the MB, you will have to reinstall the O/S. Yes, there are some that suggest that this isn't necessary IF you install the new MB's drivers, which is necessary regardless whether or not you use the original HDD and system or reinstall the O/S. IF you have the time and inclination, I guess you could always try and use the current HDD and system after installing a new MB and if you can't get things to work properly, reinstall Windows. I've never tried it, but it would be interesting to experiment.

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