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Motherboard replacement -- need to reinstall operating system?

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#1 admittedhack


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Posted 24 May 2009 - 06:59 PM

I am running Windows XP SP3 I believe. It's a gateway e-2000 computer with a micro-ATX motherboard. Was working on it with the power connected but the power button was off (bad idea) and I think I ESD'd it because when I tested it I got no POST. So I have bought a new board that is the same Intel P/n --- D845GRG. I should say the new board might be slightly different from the old board, but all in all almost identical.

Will I have to re-install my operating system? I am prepared to do so (everything's backed up) and I have the original CDs that came with the system.

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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 24 May 2009 - 07:08 PM

The only way to know for sure if you'll have to reinstall is to try it.
If the motherboards are pretty close to being the same you may get lucky & it boot right up.
If it doesn't try to start it in safe mode.
If it starts uninstall the video,Lan, & sound in the device manager then restart it normally.
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