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If a motherboard went bad,could I purchase the same exact board,install,and boot up the pc with the original C drive and have it function.Or would there be issues somewhere with having swapped motherboards(example,each individual board has some kind of identifier that is seen by the os?).

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That should work fine.
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It would be just fine with the same mobo, it is normally fine even switching to diff boards as long as they are the same chipset.
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I don't know about AMD but I'm going to assume it's the same with Intel boards.

Once you swap out the board you're going to need to reactivate Windows.

I literally just swapped out my board with the same exact model an hour ago and had to reactivate. When you right-click my computer and go to the system properties page, it said I have 3 days to activate. I wasn't able to activate online so I had to call the toll-free number to activate.
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post #5 of 12
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Alright.Thanks for the info guys.I will keep the reactivation in mind.
I goofed up and put to much voltage through my cheap build.
Couldn't resist.
Put it back together and leave it stock in the future.
    
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
It would be just fine with the same mobo, it is normally fine even switching to diff boards as long as they are the same chipset.
This is correct, I have swapped boards many times without issue unless I am going to different chipset. I recently switched from AMD to my current Intel rig and tried to keep my OS...Learn from my fail.It was not good.
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I just switched from 775 to 1366 and didn't have a single issue with windows, only had to reinstall the vga and nic drivers, that was all.
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This is correct, I have swapped boards many times without issue unless I am going to different chipset. I recently switched from AMD to my current Intel rig and tried to keep my OS...Learn from my fail.It was not good.
I've done similar.I have tried hard drive swaps before to see if the os would work on another system.It would boot to the windows wording but crash before loading to the password page.
    
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Originally Posted by xxpinoyxx View Post
I don't know about AMD but I'm going to assume it's the same with Intel boards.

Once you swap out the board you're going to need to reactivate Windows.

I literally just swapped out my board with the same exact model an hour ago and had to reactivate. When you right-click my computer and go to the system properties page, it said I have 3 days to activate. I wasn't able to activate online so I had to call the toll-free number to activate.
^ This = PITA. I phoned, waiting on hold for 20 minutes just to find out their servers were down and I had to call again. 48 digits to enter by phone before you talk to a rep, just to have a rep start asking for the digits again! M$ = Fail. No wonder ppl crack their software, its easier! I contemplated it even w/ my legit os...

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I've done similar.I have tried hard drive swaps before to see if the os would work on another system.It would boot to the windows wording but crash before loading to the password page.
See this thread for the fix: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...l#post14521134
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post #10 of 12
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Just wanted to update in case someone else has a similar situation.

I ended up purchasing a different brand motherboard,but one with the same chipset.

It booted up with no issues using the original hdd and OS.
Ended up having to reinstall the Ati driver for my video card.
So far that is the only thing that has come up.
Running smoothly so far.
    
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