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Gateway Gt5220 - Need Replacement Mobo


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#1 Trickster74

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:34 PM

My cousin has a Gateway 5220 desktop PC. She asked me to look at it, based on the behavior it's exhibiting, I believe the motherboard to be bad. I'm taking it to a shop to verify this- they'll only charge $25 for that. If it is the mobo, they'll charge around $200-250 to fix it.

I know I can replace the motherboard myself, I used to work with computers in the Army and am not afraid to tear a tower open. My problem is in finding a motherboard. Does anyone know any good sites that I can go to to find reasonable prices, and who will ensure that the item I'm purchasing is compatible with the previous set up?

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:04 PM

I don't want to discourage you. I didn't look at the detailed specs. because I need more numbers. I believe it has an AMD CPU. You'll have to match that plus the memory type. I believe yours has Windows Media Center and unfortunately, you won't be able to use Gateway's recovery CD (or partition) with a new motherboard. You'll have to buy an OS. You'll also have to find any drivers that aren't included with the motherboard's CD
What is it doing that makes you suspect it's the motherboaed?
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:55 AM

Not trying to argue, don't read it like that, i'm just curious. but are there parts of the OS/drivers stored on the motherboard itself? Besides the BIOS. Seems like putting a working, formatted, HDD on a new mobo wouldn't really require an OS install.

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:13 AM

Smurfgod,
good question, but the OS is on the HDD, and Window$ has something that recognizes a hardware change, particularly a mobo. And when the mobo is different than the one that was there when installed it won't run untill you re-register. (I belive). I know my buddy changed out his mobo and XP would not run, when I told him this he just reformatted and reinstalled so I can't be positive about the re-register thing being all you need... :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 March 2008 - 09:23 AM

Smurfgod,
good question, but the OS is on the HDD, and Window$ has something that recognizes a hardware change, particularly a mobo. And when the mobo is different than the one that was there when installed it won't run untill you re-register. (I belive). I know my buddy changed out his mobo and XP would not run, when I told him this he just reformatted and reinstalled so I can't be positive about the re-register thing being all you need... :thumbsup:

That's correct. You can get by changing out 1 or 2 things, but a motherboard, memory and a new ( old, formatted) hard drive will require registration. It also used to track how many times you changed something. I think the allowed amount of hardware changes was 5. Don't know if that's still true and I don't know if it's the same for Vista Also there are no Windows drivers stored in the BIOS

Edited by garmanma, 16 March 2008 - 09:24 AM.

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