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Can I replace my OEM mobo with the same make & model but different version?

Q: Can I replace my OEM mobo with the same make & model but different version?


Thanks to everyone that takes the time to read this. I want to replace my OEM MSI MS-6577 mobo that came with my HP for another version of the MSI MS-6577 mobo but the new one would have an AGPx4 slot and the current one only has PCI slots. I read that replacing the motherboard on OEM systems with Windows XP like mine has, will cause big problems unless it for the exact same make and model motherboard. In my situation, it is the exact same make and model but a different version of the mobo that would have an additional AGP slot. Would this give me BSOD or would the swap go smoothly? I am also hoping not to have to reinstall Windows XP without having to go buy a copy as I read you can't do that off recovery discs with OEM Windows XP builds. Thank you everyone again.:grinthumb

Preferred Solution: Can I replace my OEM mobo with the same make & model but different version?

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A: Can I replace my OEM mobo with the same make & model but different version?

The problem would be with Microsoft

I believe you could put a different version of motherboard on there, heck, you could put an entirely different make of motherboard if you wanted as long as it fits the case's form factor. Simply, the screw holes on the motherboard have to align with the holes on the case.

The trouble you will run into is with Microsoft. Your copy of XP is associated with the serial number, model, and make of your present motherboard, and it's recorded in Microsoft's database. That's what happens when you activate a Microsoft product. The operating system or software will get your motherboard's information and record it. Now here comes the problem...

If you put in a new motherboard, the operating system on your hard drive is going to look up your previous motherboard's information when it boots up. If it sees a new motherboard, it will say, "I'm not associated with you, so I must not be licensed with you!" and it will tell you to contact Microsoft or buy a new copy of Windows.

What you have to do then is call Microsoft and ask them if you can associate your copy of Windows with a new motherboard. They will want to know why. Usually, they will only do that if your motherboard failed, exploded, or somehow became destroyed so you had to replace it. I don't know about motherboard upgrades. To Microsoft, each and every motherboard is a separate computer, and you are only licensed for one computer.

So, what I would do if I were you is to call Microsoft and ask them if you can move your license to a new motherboard before you do anything else.

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How can I tell what make/model my mobo is without taking everything out? I need to get the drivers for it.

A:Mobo Make/Model

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Purchased a PC that was supposed to have English content. Turns-out certain apps are in Spanish, most of which I have been able to correct. My
biggest problem though is MS Internet Explorer 6. The browser is in Spanish, and while I was successfully able to download the English version, I get a program warning suggestion that while I could go ahead and install the IE6, I should remove the Spanish version first from "Add/Remove".

Since "Add/Remove" is part of the browser, it too is in Spanish.
When I go to remove the program, it doesn't offer the two options as its offered in the English version- "Remove or Cancel", but basically something that indicates (loose translation I think!) "Repair or " Replace" with a previous version (which I believe there was- in English, prior to the Spanish replacement but I'm not certain)

My question is, since there isn't a clear choice, should I attempt "Repair" or
"Restore-I don't want this to end-up a total reinstallation of W2K all because of a browser issue!

Any and all suggests would be genuinely appreciated- thank you!


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Sorry I didnt read the guide of how to make a good post.

I have an Emachine for about 4yrs now. 2 weeks ago I turned it on and it turned right back off, I thought it was the power supply, but it wasnt. I took it to Best Buy, told me it was the motherboard. I dont want to spend money on another mother board since emachine sucks, I already spent $400 last year to get my cd drive fixed. U guys say an ATX motherboard is good and cheap, its way better than an emachine mobo. The problem is I dont know which ATX mobo(a good one) to get for my emachine. My emachine is a W350.

Please respond

A:Which ATX mobo should I get to replace with my emachine mobo

The tricky part of this is you will probably have to not only replace the motherboard, but also the power supply, processor and memory

Here's an example:

The power supply is old and you wouldn't want to damage a new motherboard would you. The old memory is DDR. The new board takes DDR2 memory. You may be able to use the old CPU or processor

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Hi...I have a motherboard with a few bulging capacitors and the board is toast IMO...I saw somewhere that you can replace the capacitors though..So I was wondering is it better to get a new motherboard or replace the capacitors ?/ any info is appreciated...

A:Is it better to replace mobo capacitors or get new mobo ??

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I have an eMachine desktop that Iam repairing for a friend,
we have come to the conclusion (from experience) that because it is dead
even when trying to turn it on that it has suffered from Capacitor Plague
(Perhaps in the PSU then damaging the MoBo)
A new PSU has been tried and it still doesn't work
WHAT Type of 'cheap' motherboard could I replace the current one with?
it has a Celeron processor so we will be looking to conserve that..
I was looking at this...
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/119412/rb/26825319999 (incase his CPU is socket 478)
will this one be compatible?
My friend just wants a cheap solution...
Ive recommended the new PSU / MoBo and extra RAM (at least another 256Mb to
bring it to 512)

any recommendations would be helpful....


A:What MoBo can I replace an eMachine MoBo with..?

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I am getting the below error when using a Visual Basic application. Does anyone how to get around this or where I can download the latest version of the control?
Your version of MSCOMCTL.OCX maybe outdated. Make sure you are using the version of the control that was provided with your application

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My laptop runs only when continuous power is supplied to it. If the charger is disconnected it shuts down abruptly. I ran a battery check which showed me this message: (refer the screenshot)   Kindly guide me through this. If the battery needs to be replaced any relevant links (from the online store)would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

A:model 15-r014tx battery replace(40)

Hi there @Trushangi,  You have come to the right place to ask questions, find solutions and get help from others in the community! If my reply resolves your issue or answer your question(s), please let others know this reply was helpful by clicking the Accept as Solution button. To say thanks for the reply, please click the Thumbs up!  The screenshot that you have provided from the battery check, states that the battery needs to be replaced. If it was the Battery Check program, then it should have told you your Warranty Status and to contact us also. You can check your Warranty Status using the Check Your Product Warranty site, then please use the following link to contact us.  The other option would be for you to use the HP Part Surfer to find yourself a new battery. When you get to the site you will have to put in your Product/Serial Number and Select your Country before you search. You should be able to find a replacement battery.  Welcome to the HP Support Community!Thank you for joining in! Have a great day! 

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I use Intel 7265 NGW AN. I would like to replace old wireless adapter to gigabit adapter. I head whitelist and blacklist from internet so I'm not sure which model I can replace to without problem.What model can I replace?Can I buy from any brand right? 

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Hello all,

My computer has been making a lot of noise lately, in fact it's been going on for probably the past 8 months or so. The first month I mostly ignored it hoping it would go away, which it did, then a few weeks later it came back and I decided it was time to investigate.

I have narrowed the problem down to being the power supply fan, mainly because it's very easy to hear and detect that it's coming from the back of my PC (and in that area). So I cracked the case open, unscrewed a buncha stuff, took the power supply apart somewhat so I could try to dust off the fan, but there was no dust to be seen. I dusted it anyway, removed some plastic pieces they had in there that seemed to serve no purpose, popped it back together, crossed my fingers that I had fixed it, but no luck.

The odd thing is that this noise will seem to come and go, usually it will be on jet engine sound level for ~2 weeks, then be relatively quiet for a month or so, every time I hope that it magically fixed itself, but now I've decided I need to do something about it.

The model is a SilverStone SST-ST65ZF, 650 Watt supply w/ PFC (whatever that means).

So on to my actual question. What I'm trying to figure out is, should I order the same replacement piece? Is this a solid piece of equipment and I just stumbled across a bad one originally? Is there a more ideal power supply with a quieter fan (in the same general price range, say <$200) that I should order instead?

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A:Need to replace power supply (fan), same model or new?

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I have contacted lenovo customer service for so many times regarding the repeating issues that I have with my bluetooth connection on my THINKPAD A475 device. I got my wireless card replaced for 3 times in 2 weeks already and also a keyboard replacement due to the cracking noise and stuck "TAB" key. The problem keeps happening even 3 times of on-site repair and also the keyboard they replaced for me also got problems already, the space key will register two times and the "BACKSPACE" , "ENTER", "SHIFT" are all making weird  cracking noise and they all feel completely different to other keys. I told them that I will not want to repaire and I want a full refund or replacement of new model that I prefer if I have the same problems again for the fourth time. I am completely frustrated  because they keep telling me that they will not refund me or replace my laptop if I cannot show them the tax invoice or receipt of purchase of this laptop. I told them that I do not keep it anymore  and they can send someone here to come  and pick up this laptop as it has serial number and all that. But still they refuse to do so and keep going back to the same question and answer and passing me to other customer service advisers.  I am tired of this infinite troubleshooting and my workflow has been completely ruined by this laptop. I hope the lenovo staff here who see this post will help me with this issue and delay no more. If I still can't get the solutions that I want th... Read more

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I need to replace my model KG-1061wireless keyboard from my HP TouchSmart 320PC model 320-1050, which new model would be compatible?

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I have contacted lenovo customer service for so many times regarding the repeating issues that I have with my bluetooth connection on my THINKPAD A475 device. I got my wireless card replaced for 3 times in 2 weeks already and also a keyboard replacement due to the cracking noise and stuck "TAB" key. The problem keeps happening even 3 times of on-site repair and also the keyboard they replaced for me also got problems already, the space key will register two times and the "BACKSPACE" , "ENTER", "SHIFT" are all making weird  cracking noise and they all feel completely different to other keys. I told them that I will not want to repaire and I want a full refund or replacement of new model that I prefer if I have the same problems again for the fourth time. I am completely frustrated  because they keep telling me that they will not refund me or replace my laptop if I cannot show them the tax invoice or receipt of purchase of this laptop. I told them that I do not keep it anymore  and they can send someone here to come  and pick up this laptop as it has serial number and all that. But still they refuse to do so and keep going back to the same question and answer and passing me to other customer service advisers.  I am tired of this infinite troubleshooting and my workflow has been completely ruined by this laptop. I hope the lenovo staff here who see this post will help me with this issue and delay no more. If I still can't get the solutions that I want th... Read more

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Hi, As the title says, I'd like to replace the original hard drive by a 250 Go ssd. I've no idea what the specs are, to purchase the appropriate ssd.Does anyone know if I should choose :SATA I,II,III?2,5 " ?m-SATA or not ? Finally are some manufacturers to prefer : Corsair, etc.. ? Thanks !

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Hi guys. I'm UK based so models may be a bit unfamiliar to US members. I would guess none of you use BT, (wise move)!

Currently using BT HomeHub V1.0, (yes there's still one out there), on BT broadband line with BT Vision services and with all internal network connections to it connected through a Netgear WNR3500 router. I'm a good level of user (software developer) but definitely NOT a network whizz so chances are I'm missing something important.

The idea was to take DHCP and Wireless control from the HomeHub and give it to the Netgear. Many long attempts later.... These services can be disabled on the HH and enabled on the Netgear easily. However the BT device will not give up control of DHCP and still allow network machines to see the internet! BT HH was given a fixed IP address in the Netgear, the same as its standard allocation when it is in control (, and this was used for the gateway address in TCP/IP setup and in Netgear settings. I can get everything set up internally so the Netgear is in control with the HH DHCP and Wireless switched off, machines can all see each other and talk to each other perfectly, but no one sees the internet!

I would really like to replace the HH completely so was looking for a basic non-router type modem to leave the WNR3500 as the network manager. Thought of the Netgear DM111P as it was an economic Netgear match but it has such rotten reviews for reliability in terms of heat that I went off that model an... Read more

A:Recommend modem only model to replace BT HomeHub

I have found and am currently considering the Draytek Vigor 120. Vigor say: "You can connect any device to the Vigor 120 which has a PPPoE client facility. This means the actual connection to your ISP is still PPPoA (unlike other modems which only provide PPPoE native bridging), which is a unique feature of this product and makes it compatible with all UK ISPs where PPPoA is used as standard." Should work ok with the Netgear WNR3500 and anything to make for a simpler more controllable connection.

Anyone know this or can offer advice as to whether it is a suitable unit?

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can anyone tell me how to get the name of my mother board

A:I need to know my mobo model.

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I have moved your post to it`s own thread.

Download the free Everest programme and/or the free SIW programme. If they don`t help you to identifiy your mobo, then you`ll probably need to open your case and look on the mobo itself.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Is it possible to identify the mobo without opening the PC up? I need to download some drivers but have no idea what the mobo is.

I know it's a Foxconn, but that's about it!

If I have to open the PC up, where would I find the model details?

Thanks in advance

A:How do I ID the mobo model?

You could try downloading the free Everest programme from HERE. See if that can identify your mobo.

If not, open your case and look for the mobo model number, it`s probably printed on the board inbetween the pci slots.

Regards Howard

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I get no signal to the monitor using vga or the other port, want to replace the graphic card, but it is integrated. Can I put an off the shelf card in a slot to replace it?

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hi i would like to replace the 1366x768 display of my notebook Envy dv6-7385el  with a compatible 1920x1080 i would like to know wich product i can buy, wich displays are compatible with my computer. Product number of the computer: D6W40EA#ABZ thanks in advance

A:Replace 1366x768 display with 1920x1080 (model: Envy dv6-73...

You are gonna need this: 15.6-in, AntiGlare, FHD display panel 682090-001 And this: Display panel cable for use only on computer models equipped with an FHD display assembly and an Intel processor 682057-001 And the Manual will be useful: Manual  This eBay auction has a picture of the screen. http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-DV6-682090-001-LCD-Display-Schermo-Screen-15-6-FHD-LED-40pin-zfj-/2717791... It is an LED 40 pin right rear attachment.  US auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/LAPTOP-LCD-SCREEN-FOR-HP-682090-001-15-6-WUXGA-HD-LED-/141161571084?hash=ite... Same thing a bit cheaper: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUO-B156HTN03-V-2-B156HTN03-2-LCD-LED-Screen-15-6-WUXGA-Laptop-Display-New-/... Cable from HP Parts: https://parts.hp.com/hpparts/Search_Results.aspx?mscssid=BAA9DB33C980475CBBE9DEB28D40BE85&SearchIn=P... If you replace the screen and the cable it will work. The Manual shows how to do it. See p. 95. If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.  

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What if I replace the motherboard with the exact same model BUT change processors? Will I have any issues?
Was in the process of updating the bios. Not sure what I did wrong but it's dead. Have to send it back to super micro. I ordered an identical motherboard. But was updating the bios so I could switch from a quad core westmere chip to a hex.
Everything I have read states the OS is married to the motherboard (Win7 64 OEM). So if I get away with no issues from the motherboard swap, will the processor swap give me issues.
My system is a dual boot ubuntu 64/Win7 setup. I don't want to reinstall if I can help it. Advice would be appreciated.

(thanks admins for correcting this. Didn't mean to hijack that other thread)

A:Replace motherboard with exact same model BUT change processor?

you should not have any problems with Win7 even if its an OEM version. MS can reset if you have to call don't worry, just call them and explain what happened they are not going to crawl through the phone line and tear your head off or anything.

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Hello everyone, I recently broke my laptop LCD screen, and when I switch it on some parts of the screen are purple and black. I know that HP has a parts surfer where your can buy replacement parts. I checked and they don't have any screens available (n/a). So i was wonderng if i can purchase a screen that is similar to my hp model that can work for my laptop (non-touchscreen or touchscreen if possible). Hope I can get this solved soon!

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Hi. I have a Gateway 200mhz Pentium mmx desktop system that I would like to transfer to a mini tower case.
I need to find some wort of manual or mobo diagram so I don't mess up putting it back together.
Where can I find the model # and where can I go for the info I need.
Gateway said they would send me the manual/diagram but I haven't received anything from them and it's been over a month now.

A:Finding out my mobo model#

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Hey, I am just wondering how I can check my laptop's mobo, model SX20S by samsung support intel core i3 and other hardward, thank you

A:Laptop's mobo model

What is happening which makes you want to check your motherboard?

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Ahoy hoy all,

my recent Desktop problem has been confirmed to be the motherboard, so i am in the market for a new one.

we currently have a Gigabyte. I think the model no. is GA-81-SX-TFS
Theres some text underneath that saying REV: 1.0

i dont know what this means, but if this is the motherboard model, can someone suggest a good UK retailer to get a replacement, or even an upgraded version?

Thank you!

A:Need to replace mobo

I think you would get answers if you explained the rest of your hardware i.e. cpu, ram etc...a guess at what your mobo is won't inspire anyone to work on this for you.

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So my work pc is just driving me insane, now the thing locks up when trying to install a pCI wireless card, and bios updates seem to not help.

Was thinking of simply getting a new Mobo, but dont really know much about them, do they come with the processor, or do u buy that seperate and install it on, or use the one in old pc? and when looking for a mobo, what system info has to match up? or can I basically get any Mobo, and then the HD and cd-drives just get reinstalled. I just did a Clean reinstall of windows xp, and would have no trouble doing it over if I had to as all info is on CD-r's

A:Say I want to replace mobo, what do I need to know, look for in new one?

My first question would be have you had anyone on tsg help you with your wireless problem? This should be an issue we should be able to help you get it working.

Before i can help you any further. What can you tell me about your computer. Some system specs would greatly help. This will ensure that were both on the same page. If you can list your cpu, motherboard, pci/agp cards.

That would be great!

As for buying a new motherboard. Let's see if we can get this working and save you some cash till your next upgrade.

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I splashed some tea on the keyboard of my 510-15ISK Laptop (ideapad) model 80SR and now some of the keys have stopped working. I am in the UK so this is the layout/style of keyboard it uses (not the US layout). The backlight still works fine, though, and the laptop itself works normally, it is only some keys which have stopped working. I have fixed this problem on other laptops by simply replacing the keyboard, but on my ideapad the keyboard is internal (it doesn't pop out) so I don't know how to do it. Furthermore, I can't find any information about the keyboard for this laptop anywhere on the internet: not on google, not on youtube, not even on this Lenovo website. How/where can I repair/replace the keyboard? Will it be expensive? I have seen that sometimes only individual keys need to be fixed, not the entire keyboard, could this be an option? My laptop is still under warranty if that means anything. Thanks for any help.

A:How to repair/replace keyboard for 510-15ISK Laptop (ideapad) model 80SR?

Hello and welcome,
The keyboard removal and reinstall instructions, as well as the parts list, are in the Hardware Maintenance Manual - ideapad 510-15ISK, 510-15IKB
Please double-check that I have the right model linked.

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Hi guys,

I've got a Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 PIII900/128/20G/14T/D/LM/W (it's written on the sticker under the laptop) MODEL NO. PS460E-04NVW Which MoBo should I have?? Mine is broken, so I want to buy a new one on eBay, but I don't know what model is the right one.


P.S: Sorry for my bad english again. I'm Italian... :)

A:Satellite Pro 4600 MoBo model

Ok, problem solved...

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this is a rack mount server board...
what does that mean? is it worth $25?

A:advice on mobo Model #GA-6VXDR7

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Hi everyone, trying to find out the brand/model of my motherboard, Hewlett-Packard only lists it as Quanta 3602 (which i have searched for and found nothing).

If anyone can help me with this search it would be greatly appreciated.

A:Who wants to help me find my MoBo Brand/Model?

Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam

Hewlett-Packard only lists it as Quanta 3602 (which i have searched for and found nothing).

Is Quanta 3602 not the brand/model? What kind of information do you need about it? Maybe try some programs like Everest or Sisoftware Sandra.

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I've gotten several new pieces of hardware for my computer recently, graphics card, PSU to accomodate for the G card, and a new hard drive (meaning a fresh install of my OS too)

However some of the problems my computers always had are still happening, it occasionally freezes for no reason, sometimes for 30seconds or so at a time, sometimes indefinetly and I have to restart the computer. Other problems include USB bus power not working at all etc

I know these problems are my motherboard, and I plan to get a replacement, but is there anything I can do to ensure my CPU isn't also a problem?
I'd hate to get a new MoBo only to find the problems STILL persist meaning I need to get a new processor, and if I get a new CPU I'd get a new mobo to go with it (cpu is the only thing holding me back getting a better mobo in the first place, as its a 775 socket)

Can anyone put my mind to rest that a replacement mobo will finally make my problems go away?

Many Thanks

A:I want to replace my mobo, but how can I know my CPU isn't the problem?

Yes, replace the motherboard. If the CPU was bad, nothing would work

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Hello friends

Here is in part attached a part of my motherboard.
Three blocks are marked G1.G2.G3;
Which of the 3 makes a reset bios and what is the procedure.

Thank you for your answers

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Hello everyone

I'm on here to ask for help.

There's this computer that's white with 3inch floppy drive and a silver round handle

Does anybody know the computer brand or make/model?

the image is in the link provided below

mthel's Library | Photobucket

I would appreciate it someone would help.

kind regards

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I have a computer and i am trying to find the model and make of it. All that it says on the case is Compucon and nothing else even inside the case.

A:Computer model and make?

Is it a bought machine or a built machine?

You can find out most of what you would need to know using everest free edition available here.


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Is there a program that I can use that will tell me which motherboard I have so that I can research its stats? I bought it about 3 or 4 years ago, and at the time I had bought an ASUS deluxe GeForce3 64MB card, but since my CPU is an Athalon 1.4Ghz its starting to get slow, I can barely run doom3 without turning off all the graphics. I'm looking into buying a new Video card, and possibly RAM, but I'm not sure which type of DDR RAM I need to buy, and I have no idea what the maximum AGP type I can support is. I know I have to have at least a 2x/4x cause my current card is 4x, but I don't want to waist my money buying another 4x card if I can use an 8x. If I can't get an 8x I'm going to have to suck it up and buy a new Mobo and CPU -__-. Poor college girl needs better computer

A:Motherboard make and model???

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Hi,If anyone is using a 3.5" SATA HDD with a capacity of 8Tb or over, I would value recommendations.My criteria is reliability, quietness, and ideally 7200k speed. I intend to try one in a W10pro XPS desktop.I wwould prefer recommendations from users who actually have experience using the HDD they are recommending. However, if you have particulrly bad experiences, I would like to find out what happened, so I can avoid that sort of situation.Thanks in advancePete

A:Recommendation for make/model of a 8Tb HDD ?

checkout www.backblaze.com/.../hard-drive-test-data.html
I don't have any 8TB drives but the link above has some pages that are really interesting on drive stats and failure rates.

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Unable to locate a written description for COMPATIBLE external DVD/CD drives (make/model) forAspire One Cloudbook 14.  The newer LG drives require greater than 1.6 GHz microprocessor speed.Any suggestions.  I have combed the internet but my laptop has Windows 10 Home OS and the literaturefails to include this version with its notes regarding compatibility.   rickyde2000

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Does anyone know if flashing the BIOS with a different version for the same model will work? Everest says I have a Tyan Thunderbolt but I still can't install windows. I'm wondering if it'll work if I flash the BIOS for a different version, but the same chipset?

A:Flashing BIOS with different version of same model

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I have a Dell Precision 330 about 5 years old. The HDD controller appears to be acting flaky. First off, the BIOS won't recognize the new 300G ATA HDD I plugged in. Second, there are parity and other disk errors reported in Event Log.
The system is running Windows XP Pro with SP2.

If I buy any MOBO, say from Asus, will theirs fit the Dell case?
It looks as though it would, but knowing OEM's I have my doubts.

But then, one may argue as to why I would need to keep that behemoth of a case anyway... well, I'm not sure. Perhaps I would be better off with a whole new system... from Dell, or to build myself.

What is your advice?



A:Need to replace MOBO in Dell Precision 330

my advice would be to build one yourself. don't buy another Dell. for the same price or less as a new Dell would cost you could build one yourself which will be better quality and more upgradable.

you can replace the mobo if you want. the dimensions series use standard microATX motherboards and an ATX power supply, I don't know if the "precisions" are the same.

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I had a replaced my Mobo & Cpu and now it won't reboot. I orginally had a AMD 450 and I wanted to upgrade. I bought a Mobo combo on Ebay, P4 2.4 Ghz Prescott with a ECS Mobo. I also had bought 2 sticks of 512 ddr 333. The old mobo wasn't working that well, it's a long story....powersource blewup and disabled some parts of the mobo. I install the new hardware and the modem and video card. Now, it indicated that there was no OS detected. It also says "Failure to Boot Disk, Insert System disk and press enter". WTF? THe last time I upgraded the mother board, everything went fine. I made a windows boot disk and it tried to reinstall windows xp. It won't work. Any ideas?

A:Replace Mobo & CPU, Failure to boot now...help


What OS are you using?
If you are using either XP or 2k, changing motheboards like you've done is a major problem. But it is solvable.

The easiest way to fix this is to move the harddrive into the old system, and boot into the OS.
Then follow these instructions.
Now, they look very difficult, but just ignore all the pnp-id stuff and follow the instructions on how to create and use the mergeide.reg file.

That should allow Windows to start when we've gotten the motherboard to recognize you've got a system disk in.

To do the latter, make sure your system harddisk is set to "Master" on the primary IDE channel (it'll have a name tag with "IDE1" or similar next to it).

That should be all that you need to do, but if not, post back and we'll try to help you further

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Good afternoon.

I have a system that is a few years old and am looking to replace the motherboard, CPU and ram. the tower has a sata HDD and a PATA optical drive but the motherbaord has fried and im looking to upgrade to a more up to date setup.

Im not after anything extreme as I dont game and im only really interested in having a decent speed for internet use and word processing other than that im not overly bothered about being super fast.

I was thinking of an AMD CPU Phenom II 555 Black Edition Dual Core Processor but would like suggestions on a motherboard that would support such a processor and not cause me a lot of problems with the HDD being compatible

My thanks for any suggestions on this topic

A:Sugestions required to replace mobo and CPU

Here are a few reccomendations:
ASRock A770DE+ (Full ATX uses DDR2) = $54
ASRock M3A770DE (Same board but uses DDR3) = $60
ASRock 880GM-LE (Micro-ATX, DDR3) = $55
ASRock A785GM-LE (Micro-ATX, DDR2) = $59

These are all good boards and have SATA and PATA support it is just a matter of what form factor you want/need and whether you want DDR2 or DDR3 memory. With DDR2 you may be able to reuse your current memory but if you want to upgrade your memory DDR3 is a better option since it is faster and cheaper. If you have not heard of ASRock they are ASUS's budget brand and tend to have allot of Legacy ports (PATA, FDD, PS2, etc.) making them good options if you plan to reuse older hardware.

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I have Abit NF7-S ver.2 which got fried recently, so I'm getting an exact same new motherboard (NF7-S ver.2) to replace it. I'm using Windows XP.

Now, I googled it and found out that I need to use Win XP installation CD and choose "Repair The Selected Windows Installation" option in order to replace my motherboard. The catch, however, is that I need to install other drivers separately after that process (I got zillions of other drivers there already ).

So the question is, since I'm getting the exact same motherboard for replacement, do I need to do that process above? Is it possible to just skip all that, boot up the XP normally, and let the system adjust automatically? I'll have everything in the same setup as it was (PCI cards placement, IDE connections, etc.)

A:How to replace the exact same Mobo properly?

If it is the exact same motherboard, with the same chipset, you should be able to just replace it, configure BIOS, and be on your merry way - No reinstallation of any sort needed. The important things to watch out for that would render a machine unbootable after a motherboard swap would be:

1) Attachment order of the drives. If you were formerly booting from primary master, that same drive must still be primary master (of course, winders)

2) Legacy or Enhanced/AHCI SATA mode: If you formerly were using Legacy mode for any SATA drives and/or booted from a SATA drive, this mode needs to be set the way it was before.

3) Boot order. Not as important, but can still cause the machine to fail to boot if you never tell it to boot from whatever device your OS is on.

4) Resource configuration. Mostly automated if you had ACPI and resource allocation on defaults. If you set it manually or had ACPI disabled you'll need to check those as well but most likely you can leave those at defaults.

Good luck.

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Just to clarify my point of view:

The hardwareID is not (never) equal to the MAC address
Even not for network cards.
is that correct?

Is there a way to find out the
- vendor
- model name
for a given hardwareID?

Let's take two examples:


Is there a public available web catalog for such hardwareIDs?


A:HardwareID = MAC address? For MoBo and USB devices? Find out model?

I found that just doing a google for the hardware Id seems to work.

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I am starting a new thread, but basically my bios is corrupted and I need a new bios chip or maybe new motherboard. I can't figure out my mother board number though! It's a Dell Dimension 3000, model DMC. The only number engraved into it is E210882, but that's the manufacturer and they make several boards. Any suggestions?

A:Solved: need mobo model number, computer dead

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I have been using an HP 15 Notebook for about 16 months now. Recently, Windows started "hanging" for no reason. On diagnosis with HP UEFI Diagnostics Tool on bootup, it shows Short DST Failure on my internal HDD. I believe I need to replace my hard drive, which is likely to fail soon. The one installed is an HGST one of 500Gb 5400RPM. I would like to know which hard drive model/make I should buy of same capacity, which will be more reliable. Thank you.


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