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#1 59coop

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 10:12 AM

I have a HP slimline (s3100n) and recently found a major problem. I went to get on the internet and it was telling me that I did not have the hardware for internet connection, it came with wireless lan. After looking around on the computer I noticed I could not find any of my media card readers and nothing was showing up on the usb ports when plugged into them. So I think my mother board has bit the big one. My question is, since it is a HP computer, do I have to buy a mobo from them or can I replace it with one as long as it is the same model?
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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:11 PM

You can use a motherboard from the same model.

Be advised that changing the motherboard in a laptop is a tad more complicated then a desktop.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 07:36 PM

The slimline computers are very difficult to find motherboards for (there not laptops) due to the case size. You can buy one from HP for about 300 bucks or you can try and find one on E-bay. Your best bet would be to buy a new motherboard that supports your processor and get a new case and power supply. This is the cheapest fix and will cost less then 100 bucks depending on the motherboard and case choices. If its a Pentium 4 you choices on motherboards are limited to the Biostar P4M900-M4 I have that very motherboard in my machine it works great. You will however have to get new DDR2 memory but prices are very reasonable. This should breathe new life into your P4. If its not a P4 there allot more options out there.
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