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Replacing an a8ne with another

I have an a8ne based system, that has been serving me well for three years. Lately, I've been having boot up problems. (The system runs fine once booted.) I've changed power supplies, re-seated all memory (including the flash) but to no avail. I suspect a motherboard problem.

If I buy an a8ne and swap it in, will I have any problems when I turn it on, or would it just boot up normally with Windows being none the wiser? I am running WinXpProsr2.

Alternatively, can I buy the latest and greatest Asus MB with Nvidia chipset, swap it in, and be able to run with little grief. Clearly, Windows would recognize the change in hardware, but I wonder to what extend it would complain and ask questions.

Howard Delman

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Howard,

Windows is likely to realise that its a new Motherboard wheter you replace it with an identical unit or not as each motherboard has certain unique identifiers that Windows looks for (Not all of which are known exactly)

My advice would be to get yourself the better of your available choices of motherboards within your price range, as this would likely give you a longer lifetime for your new hardware and upgradability. Then try to reinstall Windows XP with your current key code. IF windows has a problem with the code it will give you an option to register by telephone, when you do this try to get through to a live operator at Microsoft explain to them that your old Motherboard died and you replaced it. They will then likely give you the code to activate Win XP with your new MoBo.

Hope this helps
Dave

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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