The computer is a Compaq Presario product number: SR2163WM
it came with a P4 @ 2.99 Ghz, 512MB (PC-4200 I think) RAM, a 160GB HDD, and a DVD burner.
The motherboard is an ECS RC415ST-HM
The computer came preinstalled with Vista Basic. I later used an upgrade copy of Vista Ultimate to ugrade.
Now comes the fun part. I decided to build an HTPC to handle all my media, and as I have next to no money I figured my crappy compaq would be an excellent place to start. Long story short, my "Compaq" looks like this now:
new Antec NSK2400 media style case
new Core 2 Duo 4500 CPU
new ECS 945GCT-M motherboard
new 2 GB (2x 1GB) Corsair PC-5300 (667 Mhz) RAM
original 160 GB HDD
original DVD burner
new TV tuner card
So yeah, it's pretty much a completely different system, the only significant part from the old machine being the hard drive with the OEM windows installation.
Of course, when I attempt to boot, Windows won't load. Compaq's factory recovery discs refuse to load due to the hardware changes.
I want to use my windows vista basic oem licencse on the upgraded computer and if I use the old mobo/cpu/ram to build a new desktop system, I'll just install Linux.
I understand that technically, an OEM Windows is good for one mobo only. But I've heard rumors that you can get around that stipulation. Anyone know how?
Oh, and just in case someone wants to suggest that I simply install Linux and use MythTV on the new build, that's what I'm doing right now. But I quite simply prefer Windows Media Center, so that's what I want. MythTV is okay, but there are things I don't like about it so I want to use the Vista I paid too much money for to run my media center.
Edited by David2282, 15 January 2008 - 04:51 PM.