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Installing A New Motherboard


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#1 Shaef

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 09:31 AM

Recently I've had two PC's that suffered failed motherboards due to power surges / thunderstorms. A friend of mine said to perform an XP repair to resolve initial driver conflicts. It's a disaster, the repairs don't do the trick and I can't get XP to load. Does anyone have information on a best practice way to avoid such a problem.... is there a way to remove all the old drivers upon boot up on the new board and then install the new? .. One PC I had to run a recovery program to get the person's data, then just do a clean install of XP, install the new board drivers, get the Updates, then reload all the apps and his data. Surely there is a way to avoid the conflict of chipset drivers etc? Appreciate any info! Thanks, Shaef

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 11:02 AM

Hi Shaef, and welcome to bleepingcomputer.

A little prevention would make a big difference, install a good surge protector. There are those who swear by Acronis's True Image for cloning their hdd contents.

Let me see if I have this right, you have tried to reinstall the OS with no luck, did you reformat the drive first or wipe it?

If you are replacing the motherboard and it has a different chip set and you try to use the old hdd you will have problems, the hdd recognized the old chip set of the original motherboard and introducing the new chip set will confuse it, usually fatally.

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 02:55 PM

There's several routes that surges can get into your system. If it's protected with a surge protector, surges can still come in through the cable/telephone lines (lost several systems this way before I figured it out).

Here's a link about moving XP: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html Although the repair install will do wonders, there's still a lot to do if the hardware is significantly different. Generally you'll have to uninstall all of the old hardware and let Windows re-detect the new stuff. If there's too much to detect, then Windows may throw a fit and not work at all. Then you'll be stuck with a clean install as the only solution.
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Posted 08 July 2007 - 08:31 AM

A Wealth of Knowledge....great info, very much appreciate the help!




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