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post #1 of 14
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Scenario: computer's motherboard gives up the ol' ghost (goes bad, and let's assume it's true here) but all other hardware is still okay (assume this too).

Most of us know that the Windows installation will crash if you just try to boot on another motherboard (different model) without having had the chance to prep the OS for a mobo swap by uninstalling various drivers, etc. How can you recover from this *without* performing any operating system reinstallation/repair?

Would I just get a new motherboard with the same/similar chipset? (Obviously would need CPU and RAM compatibility too.) Thanks!
-Slink
Edited by Slink - 4/4/14 at 2:01pm
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post #2 of 14
In my experience, your OS will continue to work just fine as long as you stay within the same processor family. I recently swapped an i3/H81 to Xeon/P67 without a reinstall and it still works great.
post #3 of 14
7 (not sure about 8) doesn't seem to be nearly as strict as XP used to be.

I've cycled through Z67, Z77, and Z87 with the same OS installation without issues. It's certainly not best practice of course (e.g. residue from older drivers, etc.).
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post #4 of 14
I have replaced every part in my PC apart from the storage device and windows works fine to this day.
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post #5 of 14
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Thanks. After further testing, will order mobo with identical chipset and report back.
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post #6 of 14
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Welp, the board had gremlins in it. Would not start the UEFI boot process, or maybe the POST (no way to tell, thanks to unresponsiveness to keyboard input). I took it out of the case, completely disconnected everything, and sought a few reset jumpers (there are like 3) and there's NO public documentation. Lenovo support told me to go pound salt, due to lapsed warranty. It works fine now. Must be a cheap board and something on it was corrupted.

Prior to this, I had pulled the RAM, HDD, header cables, etc. but nothing seemed to work. I don't think the board was grounding out or anything. Weird crap. tongue.gif

Thanks all. -Slink
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post #7 of 14
Probably needed bios flashing.
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post #8 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NeoReaper View Post

Probably needed bios flashing.

That or something of the sort, I figure. IDK if including a backup BIOS ROM chip on the board is becoming standard practice nowadays, but it SHOULD be. You know: the kind of failsafe that Gigabyte has been including for years in their DualBios boards.
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post #9 of 14
Actually its not true that if you switch MOBO and CPU your OS won't work.... yes its better for the drivers but needed not really from my experience.
A month ago i changed the MOBO and CPU on a PC it had a ASUS P5N73 CM and Q8200 and i switched it to a ASROCK 970 Extreme and a FX-6300 it booted i put in the driver disk installed some new drivers and removed some older ones and everything was fine.

Tough i would still recommend doing a clean install.

EDIT:
Try uninstalling all non vital drivers from your computer first that means less stuff to break down then proceed and try to swap the mobo and cpu.
Edited by Stuuut - 4/7/14 at 11:09am
    
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post #10 of 14
Just make sure you wipe the drivers really, my dad being a big head just learn't the hard way that windows 7 will not boot when he switched from a Pentium 3.3ghz dual to a ASUS M5A78l-m/USB3 (My old motherboard) with a AMD FX 4170 and windows would not boot. All I can say to him is har har for not listening to me.
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