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post #1 of 23
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Alright, I've heard before that if you change motherboards on a system, you have to completely re-install your operating system to get it to work right. Is this true? I think it might have been just because of Dell and the way they handle their components, but I wanted to be sure. And I mean changing motherboards as in swapping out one for a completely different brand name, make, and model of motherboard. It will have mostly the same features, but definately a very different board.
post #2 of 23
Yep, you hit the nail in the head right there. If you get the same Model/Manufacture motherboard, you would not have to reinstall. However if you do what I just went through you will. I migrated to the P35 chipset from the 680i.
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You do not. I went from a Biostar P4 800m or something to my eVGA 630i. Just installed the drivers.
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And even though I managed to get the machines to boot (sometimes), there are all kinds of problems with trying to update drivers etc. The end result for me has always been to format and reinstall. If there is a way to avoid it I have never heard about it. when you re-activate windows, just tell them you had a hardware failure and had to re-install the O/S.
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You do not. I went from a Biostar P4 800m or something to my eVGA 630i. Just installed the drivers.
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And even though I managed to get the machines to boot (sometimes), there are all kinds of problems with trying to update drivers etc. The end result for me has always been to format and reinstall. If there is a way to avoid it I have never heard about it. when you re-activate windows, just tell them you had a hardware failure and had to re-install the O/S.
So thus, you have to reinstall.
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post #6 of 23
W/e. I had no problems switching. I suppose it would be safer. I was just answering in a yes/no format.
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I went from a Gigabyte 945PL-S3 to an Asus P5NE-SLI and did not have to re-install XP. Swapped everything out and it booted right up.
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post #8 of 23
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Ah, that's a pain in the butt... I have an old version of Windows XP (pre-Service Pack 2...hell, it's pre-Service Pack 1...), so it always takes me forever to re-install when I need to. Well, I'll admit it was my own fault. I was fixated on the motherboard I have now and refused to look for a better one... until I needed it. The Mobo I have now is made for SLI, and I'll probably be Crossfiring at a later point. Plus, with the way my case is set up, I don't have a long enough IDE cable to get both my DVD burner and my spare harddrive (my main drives are SATA, but I have a backup 2GB IDE drive I was going to use strictly for my paging file).

*sigh* Oh well. I guess I'll either have to live with my board as-is, or work up the guts to put all my stuff onto spare discs and take about ten hours to re-install everything. x__x (That's including all of my games, etc...)
post #9 of 23
Maybe... just try it, with out re-installing. If it doesn't work, well... deal with it and format.
post #10 of 23
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I think that's what I'll end up doing. Still, it's a huge pain either way.

Well, thanks for the help everyone.
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