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In Over My Head With These Motherboards


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#1 docpoco

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:11 PM

Alright guys... any input here is appreciated.

I am fixing some comp's for folks at work, but I haven't worked much with AMD stuff. Both issues appear to be bad MOBOs, as I have tested/replaced everything else with known good stuff. With that said....

One is a s4020wm (compaq presario) Athlon XP 2GHz - I know this is a socket A (462) motherboard - but my question is, will any socket A work? I noticed that the chipset said KM266 on the original specs. How does chipset play into compatability with AMD stuff?


The other is W3107 (emachines Sempron 1.8 Ghz) and I read that the processor is socket 754. Basically, I have the same question here. Will any 754 work?

Heck, for that matter, I have an old PIII, Socket 370 I was thinking about fixing with a bad mobo. Is chipset an issue there either?


I really appreciate the help, as I always surprise myself by how little I actually know.

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:21 PM

you need to check on the FSB of each of those machines and that governs what processors you can use.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:40 AM

You'll also have to check to see if the computers have ATX/BTX specification motherboards - or if they're proprietary. The biggest problems with replacements in these systems is the proprietary nature of some of their parts - but, in general, if the mobo will fit - the rest of the stuff shouldn't be a problem.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:45 AM

you need to check on the FSB of each of those machines and that governs what processors you can use.



Does it have to match? Or is it a "enough" situation.

For instance, the 3107 I believe has a 266 FSB, but I found a board that matches everything else except its a 400 FSB.

Would that work.


And I guess what you guys are saying is that chipset is not that important?

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 05:53 PM

depends on the motherboard, need more detailed and exact info of what exactly you are wanting to do and what boards you are wanting to use exactly.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:41 PM

I think that eMachines tends to favor ECS motherboards, if I remember correctly (I like ECS/PC Chips boards, have used a number of them). I would think that any compatible board could replace a system board, with the understanding that a clean install of the O/S needs to happen.

I had an eMachines system and the only bad thing that I recall was the original PS put in was not equal to the task. Other than that, I had no complaints or denigrating comments.

Are you replacing the CPUs on these systems?

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:22 AM

I think that eMachines tends to favor ECS motherboards, if I remember correctly (I like ECS/PC Chips boards, have used a number of them). I would think that any compatible board could replace a system board, with the understanding that a clean install of the O/S needs to happen.

I had an eMachines system and the only bad thing that I recall was the original PS put in was not equal to the task. Other than that, I had no complaints or denigrating comments.

Are you replacing the CPUs on these systems?

Louis



I am not replacing the CPUs. Merely changing out the MOBOs. New XP install was a given.

For instance... on the W3107 (socket 754). Is there any reason that this motherboard would not work?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ECS-SiS755-SiS964-Sock...1QQcmdZViewItem

Or this one?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ECS-755-A2-SIS755-SOCK...1QQcmdZViewItem

You guys are really helping me out here, and I appreciate it.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:12 AM

I would stay away from ECS boards. Its like putting a band aid on a head wound it may work for a few minutes but it won't last long. I have used MSI and Gigabyte boards to repair the E-Machines I have worked on. IMO I wouldn't buy anything on E-bay that is an integral part of the computer. There is usually a problem with returns. Newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com are some other choices.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:42 PM

I would stay away from ECS boards. Its like putting a band aid on a head wound it may work for a few minutes but it won't last long. I have used MSI and Gigabyte boards to repair the E-Machines I have worked on. IMO I wouldn't buy anything on E-bay that is an integral part of the computer. There is usually a problem with returns. Newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com are some other choices.



Will those two Mobos that I listed above work?




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