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Need recommendation for new motherboard and CPU for win7 x86

Q: Need recommendation for new motherboard and CPU for win7 x86

Hi all I need a recommendation for a new motherboard and CPU suitable to run Win 7 x86 (32bit)

I need the following:-

1. If possible a dual monitor output, with separate feeds to monitors ( not the same single feed to both.) This saves adding a separate dual monitor graphics card.
2. micro ATX to fit existing case.
3. At least 4mb memory as I have been told is the max allowed by win7 x86.
4. Suitable to view HD video playback.
5. Fast enough to run trading software such as TD ameritrade etc.

I have tried looking at the board manufacturers but have been lost with what chip set is best and all the different CPU AMD and Intell types.

I would appreciate any input in this area, I have even looked a a new machine but they all now come with Win 8 which I have trouble using on a desk top I prefer to stick with Win7 for now.


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A: Need recommendation for new motherboard and CPU for win7 x86

Well Bob depends mate on what you can afford. Myself I woyuld just go the whole hog and build because you said you had looked at prebuilts. Does it have to a very small set up?

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I'm having some troubles finding the right motherboard for what I want. My case will hold SSI, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX. I will be using dual Intel Xeon E5345 quad-core processors (Socket 771) and I'll be running 3-4 monitors. I'm not real clear on this PCI-Express stuff, but I believe I need a motherboard with at least 2 PCI-E x16 slots (which I haven't been able to find) to accommodate 2 graphics cards which I haven't picked out yet as again I'm not real clear on that part. Need anymore info or have any recommendations? Thanks

A:Need motherboard recommendation

first, how many sticks of Ram do you have? How intense are your applications? do you need DX 10 or 9? How MUCH memory and are you going to make upgrades? DDR 2 memory, right? DVI or VGA monitors?

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I dont wanna spend more than 200 bucks on a board. All I've found was:

Asus P5K-E for 160 bucks on newegg
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
Abit IP35 PRO

whats the best choice people? please help me i'm ready to shoot myself over the choices.

A:Need a motherboard recommendation

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I currently have a Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H (rev. 1.0) motherboard with a quad core Phenom CPU in it. Unfortunately, there's an issue with the rev 1.0 board where RAM becomes unstable if you use all 4 slots. And there's no firmware fix for it. (I don't overclock anything).

So I'm looking for a recommendation on a motherboard replacement. It just has to be compatible with my existing CPU and DDR2 memory. And work with 4 sticks of 2GB chips.

Any suggestions?

A:Need a motherboard recommendation

I suggest u take TA790GX 128M like me..info CLICK HERE

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hi, i built a pc a few years ago as a project, which went well until the eventual pc blue screen of death visited.

now, i need to replace the motherboard, and im not sure what kind to get, nor do i know how to figure out what is the best compatible board for my system.

below is the original config. i'd really like to try to reuse the video card and the RAM. i run winXP Pro. this is not my primary computer (im both mac & pc) but i have no patience for slow processing, so i need to balance performance with price.

any motherboard suggestions? any upgrade suggestions?

orig config (purchased at zipzoomfly, ignore the UPC codes at the front)
111002 Sony FD MPF920Z161/131 1.44MB 3.5in Floppy Disk Drive (Beige)
145006 Logisys CS888UVBL Assembled UV Blue Acrylic Case (Clear)
90012 Corsair CMSS512MB-400 512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory
241158 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum nForce4 Ultra Athlon 64 Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA
324539 Asus Extreme AX800XL/2DTV Radeon X800XL PCI Express 256MB DDR Video Card w/TV-Out, Dual-DVI & VIVO
172429-2 Sony DRU-720A Internal Double Layer DVD+RW Drive

80717-1 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (ClawHammer) Socket 939
90012 Corsair CMSS512MB-400 512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory (x4 = 2 GB)

A:** need motherboard recommendation **

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What kind of motherboards do you guys recommend? I am looking at the Soyo KT400. What else is there? I am looking for something with at least 3 DDR RAM slots.


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Gosh, I hate to ask such a Newbie Question.

For many years now I have purchased ASUS AMD motherboards. My two Crosshair boards, which I have been using for quite awhile, are bulletproof.

I recently purchased an ASUS M5A97 EVO Motherboard, which worked fine during the initial setup in another case. After moving the board to a much larger HAF case, all of my DDR-3 RAM (2 sets of 16 GB Corsair) which worked before no longer works. Without sounding like a "smarty pants", I tried all the obvious stuff with MemTest, change of PSU cables, testing each stick of RAM at a time - everything.

Now I don't buy junk, and I don't overclock or game. I use my boards for business and they can't go down. Always use vinyl gloves and static straps during installs.

I am hoping you can tell me which board will suffice as a replacement for this one that I must RMA.


1) No discussion of NAS
2) No discussion of RAID
3) No suggestions that Gigabyte might be the best choice. I have had nothing but bad experiences with that immoral company. (Check out the UD-3 and UD-5 threads on OCN.)

As my Daddy used to say, "if you're gonna tell me a lie, at least tell me a good one".
And GB doesn't even lie well.

What I need is:

1) Lots of on-board 6 Gbs. SATA ports
2) Front panel USB connector
3) Just running an AMD Quad Core on this one (With Noctua NH-D14)
4) Corsair RAM XMS-3 and Corsair Vengeance - each 16 GB (4 X 4 and 2 X eight)

Still looking at ASUS:

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A:Need Recommendation for AMD Motherboard

SO your saying, ALL you did was move a motherboard from one case to another, and the RAM no longer works, but tested fine on another board after the fact? New case PSU or that was moved also?
If new PSU in the case, I'd be testing that.

What specifically indicated to you the board was bad?

$200 boards likely have a better chipset (Southbridge) these days, more PCIe x16 slots, and possibly a better on-board sound chip, then a $100 board.

Shopping wise I would use pcpartpicker.com and first select the CPU in question, so it only shows compatible motherboards using the system builder.

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I've have a Windows 7 Ultimate PC with the following parts:

PSU - Seasonic 500Watts
Processor - Intel Q8300 Core 2 Quad (2.50GHz/4M/1333/05A/Socket: 775)
Motherboard - ASUS P5N-E SLI
Graphics Card - VTX3D Radeon HD5450 1GB PCIe DVI HDMI 2GB
Optical Drive - Sony AD-7240S-0B 24x Internal DVDRWRAM SATA Black Bare
Hard Drive 1 - 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
Hard Drive 2 - 3TB Western Digital
Hard Drive 3 - 2TB Seagate Barracuda
RAM - Kingston 2 x 2GB PC2-5300 DDR 667 240Pin; 2 x 2GB Unbranded

I would like to replace the motherboard with a new one since it's quite old now and I'd like to speed my computer up a bit. Plus the time keeps going wrong, even if I replace the battery and the USB ports are very unreliable. Please could someone recommend a good motherboard that costs around $100 or less and would allow me to continue to use my current components?


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hey everybody! i am looking for a motherboard pereferably an ASUS or something like that. i have a P4 2.53 ghz socket 478 processor laying around and i want to buy a motherboard for it so that i could upgrade my AMD 1.3 ghz. do you think i will se segnificant difference between what i have now and a 2.53 ghz p4? i want to game on the pc, but i want to keep my 9800 pro (agp), and not spend money on a pci e card. ant recomendations for a good motherboard? ATX style

A:Motherboard Recommendation

The Albatron PX865PE (what I have) is a nice board and not too expensive. It lets you adjust the FSB in 1MHz steps, and also lets you increase the CPU/RAM voltage (for overclocking). You will have to buy DDR RAM though, no new motherboards take PC133 anymore.

As for performance, rather than ignite the old "AMD vs. Intel" debate yet again, I invite you to compare the two processors here: http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20041221/cpu_charts-15.html#directx_9

If your processor is a Northwood P4, it's just over twice as fast running Unreal Tournament 2004 as your 1.3GHz Duron.

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Its come to a time where i need to change my faulty Abit AT7 motherboard and was looking for some recommendations from you guys.

Obviously it need to suite my P4 3.00Ghz Socket478 CPU.(I thinks thats all i need to think about in terms of my current hardware).

I'd like to have a PCI express socket on there also.

I have a budget of about 70.

A choice would be superb!

Many thanks people!!

A:Motherboard recommendation

I would reccomend going to newegg, matching your search with what you need, and then sorting the results by rating. I would then out of the first five, decide which one suits you best as far as price, PCI slots, memory banks, and so forth.

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I have a biostar n68s3b motherboard and on the manufacturers website it states my motherboards "recommended" tdp is 95. Does this mean anything over 95 tdp will not work, lets take the phenom ii x 4 965 125. Will this cpu work on my motherboard but be above recommendation or will it not work at all. I have also seen the same model cpu in 3 different tdp versions. Also do unlocked cpu have variable tdp. For example if I change the mhz on a cpu wouldnt what increase the tdp as well? and if so would a cpu rated 95 w on its manufacturers website be accurate if the cpu is unlockable. sorry if im wording this bad but ill give it a try. lets say i put a "unlockable" 95 w cpu in my motherboard that's rated for a 95 w cpu. If i overclock it wouldn't that bring the tdp/w over 95 w and if it does wouldn't that cause interruptions on a motherboard rated for only 95 w?

A:Are motherboard tdp/w a recommendation or a requirement ??

The TDP is the 'recommended' maximum power the Cpu should run at. If that figure is exceeded, either because the Cpu itself has a higher TDP rating or it's overclocked, it can cause overheating of the Cpu and/or of the VRMs (Voltage Regulator Modules) which supply power to the Cpu.

In your question that 965 TDP 125 Watt Cpu would work but if it runs near 100% for long enough (a few minutes) it could get hot enough to throttle back to a slower speed or even shut down the PC. Plus it could overheat the VRMs which would damage the motherboard.

Basically you need a motherboard that can supply enough power to the Cpu and Cpu cooling that can keep the Cpu temperature low enough to stop the Cpu from slowing down or switching the PC off.

Some Cpus have different versions with different TDP ratings.

See here for a list of Cpus compatible with your motherboard (all are TDP 95W or less) :-

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Hi, i posted a thread a while ago a tad similar to this one, but it wasn't really specific and I didn't really feel like I explained what I meant well..

Basically, I want to upgrade my computer, make it a tad faster. I personally think I could do with a CPU upgrade, maybe you might think different..

Also, If i do go to upgrade my CPU, which will work accordingly with my motherboard, because i have no idea about this motherboard/cpu correlation, and how you know if the motherboard will handle the CPU..

Also, i'm running windows 7 64-bit and i only have 3.25gb available RAM, wondering if someone could tell me what's up with that? I've tried to alter settings in the BIOS, to deal with it , but there seems to be nothing available.

This is my stats, via Speccy:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit
Intel Pentium D 820
SmithField 90nm Technology
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)
Intel Corporation D945GCL (LGA 775)
Dell E193FP ([email protected])
1024MB GeForce 9500 GT (XFX Pine Group) 56 C
Hard Drives
244GB Western Digital WDC WD2500JS-22NCB1 (RAID) 35 C
Optical Drives
Line 6 UX1

Intel Pentium D 820
Cores 2
Threads 2
Name Intel Pentium D 820
Code Name SmithField
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 90nm
Specification Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
Family F
Extended Family F
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A:Any experts? Need a recommendation for CPU/RAM/Motherboard etc

thinking perhaps my RAM is faulty, it's about 4 years old.

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hey guys i just wanted to gather some opinions of this motherboard before i purchase it... i have done exhaustive research and it seems as if this is the one for me. thanks for your help!

EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1

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hi !

My motherboard has gone on the blink and i have decided to take a gigabyte mb, but the choice is so very confusing and so many chipsets that i would need some help to decide.
firstly can someone explain the different chipsets for the socket 775 as well as the advantages and the reviews , if you could point to some other website it would do fine ..........
My main requirement is that it should be a stable board , I do not overclock although i do game quite a bit.
My preference is an atx board.

any help would be appreciated


my config
xfx 680i lt sli, c2d e6750, 2gb ram, ati 4850, 320 sata hdd, psu vx 450 corsair

A:Solved: MotherBoard Recommendation !

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Hi folks,

My mobo has officially died and I was wondering if you have recommendations for a motherboard to replace it with? The shop are offering to install a Asrock N68C-S UCC, but I've been reading mixed reviews. Is there anything more modern that is a good contender for the ASUS.

I'm looking for something that is compatible with my existing hardware which is:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core +4600
992 MB RAM (2 x 2gb Corsair ddr2)
NVIDIA GeForce 6150
Barracuda 7200.10 Ultra ATA/100 250GB
M-Audio 2496 Soundcard
Windows XP Service Pack 3


A:Motherboard recommendation: replacing an ASUS M2NPV-VM

There won't be much too much more modern as both the CPU and memory are behind the current generation. The selection of new boards that would be compatible are low on most sites, here's an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Value=3879:27158&PropertyCodeValue=3879:27244

If you don't mind reinstalling Windows then you can switch to an AMD chipset, the ASRock A785GM-LE, but another nVidia board might be a just a drop in replacement.

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Hi everyone,

Looking for recommendations for a cheap graphics card for a new Windows 7 32-bit business PC (Dell Optiplex 780 Mini Tower). The integrated video it ships with (GMA 4500 on an Intel Q45 chipset) is reportedly pretty lousy and $30-80 is worth it to me for multiple monitor support and freeing up all the system RAM. The actual graphics requirements are minimal. All the PC will be used for is Excel, Outlook and basic web browsing on two 19? monitors. Decent Aero performance would be a plus.

I thought that any card would be better than the integrated but after researching a little it appears that decent 2D performance in Win7 is not a given? 2D, Acceleration, And Windows: Aren't All Graphics Cards Equal? : Part 1: Laying A Theoretical Background

Ideally the card would be without a 6-pin power connector and as low power consumption as possible. The PC uses Dell?s ?88 Percent Efficient PSU? that I?m guessing is codeword for low-wattage. The thread linked below indicates problems with fitting even some single-slot gaming cards into the 780?s case due to size of heatsinks and fan shroud. But I?m not looking for gaming/3d performance so there?s got to be something that will work for decent office 2d acceleration. is GTS 450 compatible with Dell Optiplex 780


A:dual-monitor card recommendation for basic 2D office PC - Win7

Are you fine using 2 VGA or 1 VGA and 1 DVI or HDMI?
It looks like most of the cheaper cards, like the GT210, GT220, and GT240 have 1 VGA, 1 DVI, and 1 HDMI and I am not sure if they can do dual digital outputs at the same time.
GT210 will be the cheapest and lowest power option and there are over a dozen to choose from on Newegg.com.
I have been satisfied with eVGA and XFX branded cards.

I am currently sitting at a low powered desktop, 300watt psu, AMD triple core with an XFX GT240 and it works great, but we are only using 1 display on this machine.

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I recently switched out some hardware and I now have a 64 bit processor, so I'm trying to install Win7 64bit through a custom install. Unfortunately I can't even get through the "Collecting Information" step due to this error:

"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step."

I looked for quite some time browsing through forums. I usually never have to make help posts because there are solutions already out there. I've seen this error come up a lot for people, but they either didn't burnt heir disk correctly or didn't have the right drivers installed for their mobo. I'm barely 15 and built this computer myself, so it is likely I screwed up in a few places.

Hardware to notice:

Hard Drives Hitachi - HD725050GLA360
OS windows 32 bit - trying for 64 bit
CPU i5 2500k Sandy Bridge (OC to 4.2 GHz)
Motherboard MSI P67A-GD65
Memory 8 GB (2 x 4 gb) G-Skill
I do have a PCI-E card to convert my IDE CD/DVD ROM and burner to SATA because my mobo doesn't have an IDE slot... Does it have to do with that driver (I didn't install it yet)

Or is there something else i'm doing wrong? In BIOS I have it set-up to load through the CD/ROM and even my USB. (I have a slow burned DVD of Win7 and bootable USB with WIN7 made on Ubuntu...)

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A:Win7 32 bit Custom Install to Win7 64 bit - Error (new motherboard)

Do you have a driver for the PCI-E card? If so, install it when you get that message. Nothing to lose and a good install to gain

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I probably have absolutely no idea of what I'm doing with my computer and I've been struggling for quite a long time (the sound card perhaps isn't installed.. there's no sound coming out) so I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask..

I have ASUS P5K motherboard (socket 755) and I've installed Win7. I've read on this forum that if I have the installation CD, I could setup the vista version. The problem is for the life of me I can't find that CD. I've tried to download something on the ASUS website but I'm just so confused as to what I should be downloading. I somehow got to a page having a list of downloads available for P5K model.. but what next? am I supposed to download every one of the files on the list? so there is no specific "setup.exe" file sorta thing?

I would greatly appreciate any help! I'm... shamefully new to this.
Thanks a bunch!

A:ASUS P5K motherboard for Win7

Okay...you also want to install Windows Vista? You will need a Windows Vista installation DVD and applicable product key for activation to cover that

Alright...I looked at ASUS and no downloads were found for Windows 7 and your P5k...but this doesn't mean the end

If you are running Windows 7 x86 (32-bit)...install the Vista drivers (they normally work) here: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

If you are running Windows 7 x64 (64-bit)...install the Vista drivers (they normally work) here: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

EDIT: Just saw that those two links go to the same place...click on one and choose either Vista x86 or Vista x64

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My motherboard went out a few months ago and ever since installing the new MB my system has been extremely slow. After the upgrade I did do a clean install. I know my system isn't a speed demon but it ran great before the upgrade.

Here is some info:

Property Value
Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model P5KPL-CM
Version x.xx
Serial Number MS1C96B14102389

Chipset Vendor Intel Corporation
South Bridge 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Controller
SMBus Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller @0400h

CPU Intel Celeron D
Cpu Socket LGA775 [Socket 775]
Processor Upgrade
Max CPU Speed 3800 MHz

System Slots 4 PCI

OnBoard devices
Ethernet (Enabled) Onboard Ethernet

Memory Summary
Location System board or motherboard
Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None
Use System memory
Maximum Memory Module Size 4096 MBytes

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed=


Property Value
Memory Summary
Location System board or motherboard
Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None
Use System memory
Maximum Memory Module Size 4096 MBytes

Device Locator Slot 1
Capacity 1024 MBytes
Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Speed DDR2-666 (333 MHz)
Data Width 64 bits
Voltage SSTL 1.8V
Error Correction None
Refresh Reduced (.5x)...7.8 ?s
EPP SPD Support No

Device Locator Slot 3
Serial Nu... Read more

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I am looking at moving my C: (OS) hard drive from a Win 7 machine to a new Win 7 machine. The only reason I am doing this migration is due to a new motherboard with processor. Utilizing both the native Win 7 tools and Norton Ghost it appears that I should be able to do this. AM I to naive believing this?

However, I am still not sure how I am supposed to load the new mobo drivers once the new HDD is booted up in the new machine. Additionally, the HDD is 120 Gb and the new HDD is 500 Gb and I am concerned that I am going to run into issues due to the size difference.

Does anyone have an recommendations or tutorials on this topic?

Thank you.

A:Cloning Win7 to new motherboard

Sysprep the current installation, clone the disks, then expand the partition with disk management after booting new motherboard.

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I've had to replace my motherboard. When I start win7 it continuously reboots after the "starting windows 7" screen. I have tried the troubleshooting startup but it didn't detect any problems. I have also booted from the original win7 disk and run the repair utility but it didn't find any problems. I ran "bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr" from the command prompt but this has not fixed the problem.

I've got Win7 Home edition OEM. Maybe this doesn't allow running off new hardware??

Has anyone got any suggestions?

A:Unable to run win7 on new motherboard

Sounds like a major driver issue.
Have you tried just f8 booting to safe mode?
...it's possible it won't support new hardware, that would be an activation issue though. Sounds like you aren't even getting in.

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Hey guys, back in August I got a copy of Windows 7 Pro from my professor for free and I've been using it ever since without any issues.

I've decided its time to do a major upgrade to my system and I am going to be getting a new motherboard, CPU, and RAM.

I understand I have to reformat the Hard Drive when getting a new motherboard into my system... My question is: Can I use the SAME windows 7 key / disk that I was given by my professor on my NEW motherboard?

Thanks a ton for any help

A:New motherboard + Win7 MSDN

Hello CBrz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As long as it is not a OEM Windows 7 Pro version, then you should have no problem using the same key number with the new motherboard after reinstalling. If you do have problem with activation and it's not a OEM version, then you would just need to do a phone activation instead of the normal online activation.

Hope this helps,

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I recently replaced my dead mobo. It wants me to validate my copy of Win7, but the key that I have isn't working for me anymore. What do I do?

A:Motherboard died, Win7 isn't happy...

when replacing the m/board you have to phone ms and they will help you with it only takes a couple of minutes

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I am installing a new motherboard in my mum's pc but using the same ram, cpu, dvd rom drive and Hard drive. Her current mobo also has built in graphics, sound and Lan.

My question is will her current hard drive with her win7 o/s boot on the new motherboard? I don't really want to have to do a complete re-install as she has loads of her stuff on there. Any tips would be helpful.

A:installing new motherboard will win7 still boot?

It will boot but you will have to reinstall the chipset drivers and probably reactivate Windows 7

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Hello, I recently had hardware failure that resulted in myself RMA'ing my motherboard. It is my understanding that I will be receiving the same model of motherboard, but a different unit. Am I eligible to use my current Windows 7 product on my computer after I receive my replacement motherboard? Specifically I'm using Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM.

A:Looking to use current Win7 OEM product after Motherboard RMA

Yes, you should not have any problem. If you do, use the phone method to active.

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I have big a problem with installing a RAID 10 next to the system Win 7 on SSD on the same motherboard.
Until now, I had a system Win7 Home Premium 64bit installed on a RAID 10. I just purchased a new SSD and today I installed a new system Win7 Professional 32bit on it.
To do this I had to switch in the BIOS operation mode SATA from RAID to AHCI. The Win7 installed correctly on the SSD, but I would also like to use the drives from the old RAID 10 and put new RAID 10 beside SSD - on the same motherboard.
The problem appeared when I tried to install a program to manage RAID arrays (Intel RST) ? the program didn?t install giving the message " The program does not support this platform ." Probably the problem is associated with AHCI mode in the BIOS, but I'm not sure about that, this mode is needed to handle the SSD so I can not change it to RAID.
I connected SSD on SATA 5 , slots 1-4 are waiting for RAID but at this point I feel defeated and I don?t know what more I can do.
Can someone give me a hint how to solve this problem or how to install RAID 10 and SSD with Win7, side by side on a single motherboard (ASUS P5K-E), without additional RAID controller inserted in the PCI-E slot . Is such a configuration possible at all ?

Thank you in advance

A:How to install RAID10 next to SSD (with OS Win7) on P5K-E motherboard

In BIOS change from AHCI back to RAID. Your SSD will still work as if its using AHCI.

On single disk setups, if the controller is set to RAID it will function as AHCI....I set mine up this way (Windows 7 on single SSD, 3 X 1TB disks as RAID5 and 2 x 1TB disks as RAID0)

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Hello all,
I just switched out my mobo from an Asus P8H67-M-LX to a P8Z77-V LK board, the guy at the computer store said that I should still be able to run windows and install any chipset drivers etc in the windows environment. The install went well, but windows will not startup, does this mean that i have to do a fresh install of windows or is there any way around this? Any help would be much appreciated.
I have 8 gig of ram
i5 - 2400, 3.10 GHz 6 MB cache LGA 1155

A:Motherboard swap - having some issues loading Win7

No, you DO NOT need to do a reinstall. Only the mass storage controller drivers need to be updated.
See the following links for details:
Look under Registry Tools for a tool called Fix HDC   (Fix Hard Drive Controller)
Description: Fix the Hard Drive Controller when replacing your motherboard on an XP system, possible replacement for Fix IDE?
Even though it specifices "XP system", it also works on Vista, and 7. Probably 8 too (I can't confirm).
Here's another write-up you will get information from:
http://www.foolishit.com/vb6-projects/fixide/  The author had it built into his tool called D7 but it has changed a lot since I last experimented with it and I'm not able to find it now. I think it's because it's under "Offline Ops". It should be called Fix IDE or Fix HDC. Both are good tools for this type of repair
Good luck!

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First I'd like to say thanks to the folks who have helped me so far with this process. The machine is running 64-bit Win7 and 32-bit XP. Finally about a week ago I bought a new mobo, processor and Ram.

When I booted the computer for the first time, I let the machine boot to Win7, and I was fully expecting the OS to crash or error out in some serious fashion. But it didn't. It didn't even prompt me for the Win7 installation disk. It spent about 10 or 15 minutes installing new drivers, though. After the OS finished, I installed the drivers for the motherboard. And everything is behaving swimingly. The system is noticeably faster than the one it replaced, which is always fun.

Once I was satisfied the system was running Win7 normally, I tried booting to XP. Problems. As soon as its splash screen came up, I realized the mouse wasn't being recognized, then I saw that neither was the keyboard. At this point, I should mention that with the old system I had a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse combo. I ended up retiring this set for another Logitech wireless set because the new motherboard doesn't support PS-2 connectors for the mouse and kb, the way the original mb did. So I went with USB, in this case, a set in which both the kb and mouse share the same USB connector. Seems to me there shouldn't be a problem, but for whatever reason there was. Tomorrow, I'm thinking about dragging out an old PS-2 mouse and KB, attach them to the system using PS-2 to USB adapters ... Read more

A:Preserving Dual Boot (Win7 and XP) with new motherboard?

sounds to me like your 7 version is a full license and xp is an oem one use version.

What happens if you boot to XP with the CD in?

To my knowledge it shouldnt effect the boot order with 7.

If your that worried you could always install XP to a virtual machine, and just run it from window 7

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I have an old(?) HP Pavilion a1630n desktop pc. It originally came with XP, but I bought a Win7 retail cd and installed it as a dual boot, about a year or so ago.
If it matters it has a AMD Athlon 64 X2, and GeForce chipset.

The mb seemed to have died, the power supply test well within tolerances (even tho I have ordered another), and touching the 2 pins the power button connects to on the MB does nothing. (I have also done numerous other troubleshooting)

Any way I have 2 questions... Do I need to replace it with a MB of the same chipset? I was looking at one with an ATI Radeon chipset.

Also... will I be able to (or have to) do a Win7 repair install, so as not to lose my HDD data?

Thanks for any help!

A:Replacing motherboard, can I repair install Win7?

Tricky question to answer, (just so many variables.) though I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that you may have to reactivate your copy of windows with the new hardware, as windows will think it has been plugged into a new computer.

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I hope this is in the right place; if not, sorry about that.

Over the last weekend I installed a new hard drive into my system, and on that drive installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Over the past week I have been tweaking my settings, resolving issues, and installing programs.

So far everything is working fine, except for the fact that when I shut down, there is still some power being supplied to my motherboard (NumLock indicator does not turn off, and if I open the case the power LED on the motherboard is illuminated). This does not happen when I shut down from Windows XP (I have a dual-boot configuration; XP is on my smaller hard drive).

Here are the things that I HAVE done:

1. I have gone into my BIOS and disabled all the relevant power management settings (as far as what devices can wake the system, etc.).

2. I have gone through my Windows 7 power management settings and disabled/changed all settings that seemed relevant.

3. I have gone through my device manager and made sure that, for all devices that have a power management tab in their properties, the check box that says something like "Allow the computer to turn off this device when shutting down" (or something like that) is selected. Yes, even for the firewire port. There are some items for which the check box is greyed out and cannot be selected (such as the keyboard).

Here are the only things that I think may have an impact that I have NOT done:

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A:Power still supplied to motherboard after Win7 shuts down

As far as I know the power LED "on the motherboard" being on when the PC is shut down is normal. Both of my ASUS motherboards do that, it indicates that the power supply +5V AUX supply is active. The +5V AUX voltage is what is used to power up the system. It can also power the USB ports when the PC is off if your motherboard supports that function. My ASUS motherboards have jumpers to turn that function off. The motherboard power LED is there to warn you that the power supply is plugged in and its power switch is on. If you are talking about the power LED on your case my guess is Windows 7 is going into hibernate or sleep mode instead of shut down mode.

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Edit 1/22/2010 9pm. Post #9 is snap shots of all I have tinkered with or looked at. You might be able to read this and skip to post #9

Now back to the original message:
I have no sound. My cpu is 3 months old. I have had extremely limited issues with the cpu since date of purchase. I was watching a movie on Windows media player, I never watched it before. Windows Media Center crashed. I rebooted and tried again. WMC refused to play any videos or movies now. My sound stopped working at this point. Below is relevant information, too much possibly. It is almost as if the sound produced by 'software' has been muted, blocked or turned off. This cpu is the only media device in the home. Windows media center crashed on 1/17 about 9pm and we have been without sound since. Please feel my pain!

The first 3 categories might be the most relevant. I am a computer noob. Although I am a competent human.

**What I have done:
Update drivers using the link for my ASUS motherboard. I uninstalled drivers first
Turned off and on Audio services - they are running
Tried EVERY STINKING PORT, why are there so many damn ports?!?!?!?
Verified speakers are turned on
Checked in obvious locations for errors / Checked devices
Verified ALL wires are SNUG
Restored to previous restore point
Verified speakers are functional using MP3 player
Cleaned cpu & speakers
Did my best to verify wires and stuff inside were working
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A:No Sound: Realtek Asus Motherboard Win7 64bit

I was just told to try a repair install. Looking at the repair install info here I was told by the poster NOT to do this if a recovery did not work.
As I said I am so confident that something somewhere was deleted, removed, blocked, broke or corrupted with my internal software. This is not a hardware issue.

What are the important audio files that I should make sure still exist on my computer? In order for computers to play any audio files what .dll, .exe, .com files must exist in windows or on my computer? I want to verify they are there.

While I have been trouble shooting my issue I found this post:

My Avast! program recognized Audiodg.exe as a malicious file and removed it. Since then, I have not been able to get sound on my system.
I have looked for a place to download and restore the Audiodg.exe file, but am unable to find it anywhere.
In my sound playback devices, when I try to 'test' my sound, I get an error "failed to play test tone". My audio drivers are all up to date."

This problem seems similar to mine as I had that Avast program and also recently found spyware. Is this something I should investigate - my computer deleting important audio files, these files becoming corrupt or accidental deletion of such files by me? If so which ones should I look for?

Even if I checked your solution I will check it again if you think I should. Even if you think it is not worth a mention - mention it!

I have c... Read more

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I changed my old motherboard and cpu, had to re-instal win7 as the sytem wouldn't boot past BIOS and spent hours updating the OS. I now have a number of problems that I can't understand. I can only access the internet if I do it as admin, even though I'm the only user, windows programs lock up when I try to access them. Simple things like changing the desktop display, accessing the control panel, leads to nothing and I have to ctr+alt+del to remove them from the screen as they just sit there. Even when I do get into control panel the next selection will freeze. Windows media player will not start at all, I'm at a loss. This is the first time I've upgraded in this way, normally I just sell my pc and buy another one....which is what I'm wishing I'd done!

A:new motherboard + fresh instal win7 =mutiple problems

You of course installed all mobo drivers pulling the latest from the mfgr's site?

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Hi everyone

I've got a Dell Latitude e6520 which had a faulty motherboard (didn't show anything anymore on the screen). This has been replaced (by a Dell technician), but now I can't get into Windows anymore. Both normal and safe modes get stuck after the win logo. When the login screen should appear there is only a black screen with a movable mouse cursor.

I have tried:
- Waiting very long for the login screen to appear.
- All possible safe modes.
- Recovery option from Windows DVD.
- chkdsk, sfc, ...

The harddisk doesn't show any errors. Also it must be mentioned that the motherboard failed while working, so it's not like a dropped the laptop or anything like that which could have hurt both the motherboard and the hdd.

The most interesting point I reached is starting up using Hiran's bootcd. This way I could take a look at the startup logs and found this:

Service Pack 1 7 29 2012 12:21:48.610
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\dsfksvcs.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\DSFOleaut32.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\Wdf01000.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
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A:Win7 not reaching login after replacing motherboard (identical)

If Dell replaced the motherboard I would have expected them to ensure it worked. Apparently they did not check it after replacing the hardware.

I would suspect a corrupted hard drive or Operating System. This can happen when a motherboard fails while in operation. I had a motherboard fail and it corrupted the hard drive and it had to be rebuilt from a backup. Apparently you have not done any backups or the easy fix would be to rebuild the hard drive from the backup. Most likely a clean install will be needed in this case. A lesson on why full hard drive (all partitions) backups are needed.

You can try a repair and see if that helps. If not, then the reinstall is in order. Startup Repair usually requires either a Windows 7 OS disc or a system repair disc. That may be an option in the Dell recovery partition on the hard drive, accessed by F8 at power on. If you don't have a Windows 7 OS disc, probably any Windows 7 disc of the same OS type (e.g. Home, Pro, etc) should work. Check with your IT department.

Startup Repair

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I hope this is the correct forum. I had trouble deciding whether to put this post here or in the hardware section. I decided for here because ultimately it will most likely deal with OS installation.

I have a very stable system running 64-bit Win7 and 32-bit XP. I want to keep XP for compatibility reasons with some older hardware I still use often. I have XP installed on one hard drive and Win7 installed on another. When I installed Win7, I just went with the option for it to install a boot manager, and have been using that one ever since to dual boot my system. Nothing special, but it works.

The current motherboard is an ASUS model, and has always had problems with the USB section (it took me quite a while to realize it was a motherboard problem, though). Then it began to develop problems reading the DVD drive several months after I installed it (back when it was only an XP system). Once again, not suspecting the motherboard, I replaced the DVD drive, thinking it had gone bad -- it hadn't, works fine in another system. And pretty soon thereafter the current drive began to work sporadically, and now doesn't work at all. Same as before.

This ASUS mb has a 3-year warranty, and it's not quite 2 years old. So, I should probably just suck it up and jump through the dozen or so hoops they toss in your path to get the mb repaired/replaced. Still, I'm guessing that if I'm successful, I may end up with a mb that is different enough from the one I have now where it's gon... Read more

A:Motherboard Swap on dual-boot Win7/XP system?


Have a look at this program at the link below, it will prep OSs to be moved to new H/W.

Paragon Adaptive Restore

Have a look at this tutorial also.

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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Have tried to use dism.exe and it worked the first time when I had a IDE hard drive and 32 bit processor. Now going to a cloned Sata hard drive with a new 64 bit processor and can't get the dism.exe program to install the new drives before Win7 64bit can load. Tried the normal repair in Win7 but no success. Wondering if I somehow need to run dism.exe as a administrator or some other way. Any suggestions?

A:Replaced motherboard needs drivers installed before win7 can start

You could use Paragon Adaptive Restore 3.0 for adjusting OS for the new hardware.
Paragon Paragon Adaptive Restore - Overview

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Hi all,
I used to have win7 running on an Asus P8P67 pro motherboard, Intel corei7 2700 CPU together with an Adaptec 6405E raid card. Everything was fine till I upgrade my motherboard to an Asus Maximus VIII Hero motherboard (with Z170 chipset) together with an Intel corei7 6700K CPU.

When I do a clean install of WIn7 with this new motherboard and WITHOUT the Adaptec raid, everything was fine. When I insert the Adaptec raid card, windows won't boot.

I then repeat the installation with the Adaptec raid card inserted, Win7 won't boot again withe the same error that the windows boot manager indicated a status of 0xc0000225: "An unexpected error has occured" (see attached)

Can anyone throw me some hint on how to get it resolved?


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Guys, can someone help me out on trying to resolve an issue I'm having on my network.

I have 3 Main PCs.

One in the Gameroom--Media Server (Windows 7 64bit, onboard Gigabit Nic). MSI AMD 780G Chipset.

One in the Office--(Windows XP MCE, INTEL Gigabit PCI)

One in the Living Room--HTPC (Windows 7 32bit, onboard Gigabit Nic) GIGABYTE AMD 780G Chipset.

I just upgraded all my systems to new hard drives in hopes of archiving all DVDs onto the server and streaming them from there to the other machines.

All connections are working fine and I can move around files between machines no problem.

My issues I can get 70-80 MB/s between the HTPC and the Server.

The most I can get out of my Office and the Server is 37-40MB/s.

The 2 OS drives in the Office and HTPC machines are Identical..Samsung F3 drives. The drives on the server I'm sending files to are Samsung F4 drives.

I just did fresh OS intalls on these drives when I placed them into service.

I used all windows drivers except for the Intel NIC in which I used the supplied drivers for it.

Can anyone tell me why my XP machine can't pull the same mustard as the other machine? It really has me puzzled.


A:Slow Transfer Speeds from XP to Win7 machine. Win7 to Win7 Fine.

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Can anyone recommend a PDA (Palm, etc.) that uses AAA Batteries for power supply. I currently carry a Sony Clie (no longer being made) with an internal rechargeable battery. I like the idea of external NIMH batteries, I'm not always near my docking station and AAA's are so much cheaper and easier.


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Hi I am intended to buy Thinkpad P50.  I am inteded to use  dual boot Windows 10/Ubuntu.My purported spec will be i7 6820-16 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD (will be replaced by my SSD), FHD non-touch, Graphics Quadro M1000M.My firts impression was that it must be a well built and powerful machine. However, when searched a bit I realized there are lots of problms with P50 and many returned their P50's. The competitor for P50 is Dell 7510 with the same specs. My primary choice for P50 is that it is spill resistance. I am writing this thread to see what are you recommendations. Based on your experience, is P50 a reliable machine at all? I am a student and it is a expensive machine for a student. Please help me decide. Than you all.

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I've been leaning towards D-Link DNS-323, but read that even though it has a gigabit NIC it still performs like a 100 Mb NIC. Any recommendations on a comparable NAS solution that performs better than 100 Mb and has any easy admin user interface?


A:Need NAS recommendation

Well, I did a little research and looks like the better options are the Synology DS209 (which is about $100 more expensive, but more solid model overall, found nothing but great reviews and has better network transfer speeds) and the Intel Entry Storage System SS4200 (discontinued, but if you can find it its roughly the same price, 4 bays vs. 2 bays, can run FreeNAS and even better network transfer speeds).

Still not sure which I will go with yet though.

Just thought I'd share what I have so far...

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Hello. I found out this forum recently and started to search for a thread similiar to this. Well, I've been a computer user since I was little and got through a lot of virus infections. The funniest thing (now that I think of it) was when I had an antivirus(I literarly have no clue how it was called) that made different sounds depending on what virus has detected, and once it had found a Trojan, the specific sound being a horse "Ni-ha-ha", the volume was almost maximum, when the sound started playing, I got so scared that I started crying and ran away from the computer. I don't click on crappy links, download torrents and other things, I feel like I know a little bit about avoiding getting an infection. Now, I am planning a little party with some old friends and I wanted to download some games to play on splitscreen (piracy, ik it's not good, but I don't want to buy the games for a one time play, I don't have time anymore for PC in general), so I'm asking for some advice on what security options should I use for downloading these files and maybe in general. I would like something lightweight. As an on demand scanner, I have thought of Malwarebytes, but recently, a lot of people have been mentioning Zemana. I don't feel like paying for security options, so trials would work just fine I guess, or even freewares. Thanks in advance.

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Hi there all

Can you please help me with a recommendation please? I was wondering wich is better to buy, the huntkey X7 900w psu or the corsair TX 850w psu.

Thanks in advance

A:PSU recommendation?

I'd pick the corsair TX 850w psu but it depends on what you are using it for. First, check the voltage on the rails and make sure they supply the power requirements of your hardware. Are you gaming? 850w might be overkill if you don't need it. I would need more info as to what you are planning to use the computer for.

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I am thinking of getting a new PC and have been reading up on processors, PC configs. etc. I would like to get a system that I can use to:

1. Import and edit my family videos from my video Camera and then put them on DVDs
2. Import and store pictures from my digital camera (some minor editing like resizing, eliminating red eyes, some skin tone adjustments)
3. Run some games for my daughter
4. Do some word processing, contact management, calendaring, Quicken, email - basic PC functions.
5. Surf the Net

I won't be watching TV programs on the PC.

I have seen ads for AMD Athlon 64 and Pentium 4 HT processor-based PCs. Is one better than the other for the tasks outlined above?

What minimum configuration would you recommend for the tasks above? (processor, RAM, HDD, video card, CD, DVD writer, etc.)

I have a budget of around $750-900 for the CPU without the monitor. I don't need a superfast top of the line machine, just something adequate for above tasks.

Any brands I should stay away from? Or brands I should consider? I've personally had good luck with DELLs.

Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:New PC Recommendation

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Could any recommed a good make of DVD-RW's that are reliable and fairly cheap?

A:DVD-RW Recommendation

BenQ 1650, top notch burner and can be found for as cheap as 35.00 online at places like Newegg.

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Hope this is the right place to ask this, but we're looking for a recommendation for a database that we can use to store client information and for mail merging etc. We have been using ACT up until now, but are becoming increasingly frustrated with it and are looking for a decent alternative. The essentials are that it is able to mail merge into word/excel/outlook.

All suggestions welcome!


Since you are already using Word and Excel, why not use Access.

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I just want to make sure my PSU isn't going to brown-out on me. I'm running a Core 2 Duo 3.0GHZ (65W) as well as 4 sticks of DDR2 and a SATA hard drive. There's nothing special beyond that, just the basics, using onboard video and audio. I might add a wireless NIC, but I'm not so keen on that if I can find a way to run an ethernet cable cleanly. How much power should I expect to provide. I used one of the psu calculators online and it only said 160W. Does that seem reasonable?

Thanks for all of your patience with my incessent simple questions!

A:PSU recommendation

You wouldn't need anything major for that build so a nice Antec earthwatts PSU should do you well.


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