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Is OS or HD tied uniquely to motherboard?


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#1 walter37

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:34 PM

The specific computer is a Toshiba Satellite L505D-G6000, which seems to have sustained damage to the mobo from a nearby lightning strike - networking and ports failing, in particular.  I can obtain a replacement mobo - same model, etc - and I have done enough building and upgrading to think I can replace the mobo.  My question is: Is the OS or the HD tied to this specific mobo so that if I replace this mobo with another - even the same model, etc - the new setup will not function normally.  I encountered this problem once with a mobo I bought from an independent vendor but was able to contact the mfr (not Toshiba) for the routine and the codes to "prep the board."  Am I likely to encounter a similar issue here?  If so, is there a workaround?  Ordinarily, I'd return the notebook for service but it is out of warranty and the quoted price is about 4 times the cost of the motherboard.  Thanks to all for your attention.  



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:27 PM

Whenever there is a problem, I simply follow the instructions on the Windows activation screen. Takes about five minutes.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:05 PM

My experience was that if the software is tied to a specific motherboard then (having replaced the board with a new one) you never get beyond the first step in the boot process.  Thus, there is no Windows loading yet.  And this version of Windows will have been "customized" by the manufacturer in ways one might not be able to anticipate.  Maybe we are not talking about quite the same situation.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 05:36 AM

Must be. I've replaced many a motherboard on systems running XP and every single one was able to be re-activated. The ones that didn't automatically re-activate popped up an activation window with a phone number to call and a code to read in to Microsoft's automated voice system. Type in the code they read back and that's it, it's re-activated.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:29 PM

Since you are replacing the motherboard with the exact same model, you should have no issue after installation. Even if Windows says it needs to be reactivated if the online doesn't work the phone activation will. 






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