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Hello, I am hoping that someone can answer the following for me...

If I purchase a new motherboard, and replace the one I am currently using with it, simply switching out just the MB and using all of the old components(HDD, Optical drives, Processor, memory, etc.) will this require a format of the HDD? Or, will windows simply detect the new configurations, add the new drivers, and continue on its merry way?

I know this is kinda a noobish question, but I have never attempted this before and I would really like to purchase a Crossfire board so I can run dual
X1950XTX's and use PC2-6400 RAM. Thanks in advance to everyone.
    
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as far as i know it shouldnt
    
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as far as i know it shouldnt
just changing drivers on windows
    
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In short, yes. Unless your new motherboard has exactly the same chipsets as your old motherboard, you will need a reformat, unless by some chance you manage to uninstall the current chipset drivers and then install your new motherboard.. but I'd just reformat.
    
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Not true. I changed from a crappy Compaq Micro ATX board to this mobo kept the same harddrive and most other components just started up the computer and it detected everything just fine.
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ok, will the fact that I'm going to upgrade from an Nvidia northbridge to an ATI northbridge cause any problems? I'm in a similar situation as what was stated in a previous post. This board that I'm using now is one that came with an off-the-shelf Hewlett Packard PC. The HDD still has the original Windows configuration that was included when I purchased the PC.

I'm just wondering about the bios. When I start it up for the first time, the bios and everything will be different right? Then when I get into windows, it "should" do its "Windows is detecting new hardware" thingy, and then I can just load the drivers that are included on the CD that comes with the new board, correct?

Thanks again for all your help guys.
    
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post #7 of 16
You dont need to reformat - But Windows XP or what ever OS your using will not boot - You will get a blue screen and rig will restart - you have to a do a repair install on it - If not then you will need to do a clean install and format the HDD
    
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Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89
you have to a do a repair install on it - If not then you will need to do a clean install and format the HDD
So basically what your saying is that I dont need to reformat, just do what I call a overlapping installation. Reinstalling windows and all the included bs without touching any of the other things that have been placed on the drive.

I have also contacted ECS and asked them about this situation as well. The board I have decided to go with is the following...

ECS KA3 MVP v1.0a

Yep, I truly am an ATi fanboy if you will... I have never liked nVidia and dont think I ever will, lol. It's a long story but to make it short, because they refused to give me the proper support, I ended up crashing a HDD and ruining not only the VGA card, but also completely screwed the onboard video as well. Afterwords, they refused to offer me any kind of reimbersement for damages caused by THEIR PRODUCT!
    
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all you would have to do is repair the previous XP install
need a xp disk though :S
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by revan05
So basically what your saying is that I dont need to reformat, just do what I call a overlapping installation. Reinstalling windows and all the included bs without touching any of the other things that have been placed on the drive.

I have also contacted ECS and asked them about this situation as well. The board I have decided to go with is the following...

ECS KA3 MVP v1.0a

Yep, I truly am an ATi fanboy if you will... I have never liked nVidia and dont think I ever will, lol. It's a long story but to make it short, because they refused to give me the proper support, I ended up crashing a HDD and ruining not only the VGA card, but also completely screwed the onboard video as well. Afterwords, they refused to offer me any kind of reimbersement for damages caused by THEIR PRODUCT!

You might want to check on this before you buy, but that board has a ATI southbridge, and from what I hear, they suck big time, such as usb ports spazzing out and whatnot- but find out from someone else, because I haven't ever owned a ati board I do know that a lot of mobo manufacturers use ULi southbridges to get around ATi's bugs.
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