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Motherboard drivers I replaced the motherboard in the computer, and the supplied restore disk doesn't have the correct drivers for it. It also won't let me install the drivers at any point (like the regular Windows disk will). The computer won't boot into Windows for me to update the drivers.

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  • gamma748 May 25, 2009

    The CD that I am using is the restore disk that came with the computer. I am trying to avoid buying a new copy of Windows, since I already have a valid license for the copy I have. I have the disk that came with the new motherboard, but I am trying to install those drivers without 1.) wiping all of the data off of the hard drive, and 2.) needing to buy an additional copy of Windows.



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There should be a driver cd for the motherboard. If that is missing, first find the model number of the motherboard. Go to the website of that motherboard. download drivers of INF, sound and graphics. Then do a fresh install from operating system cd. After finishing, setup the downloaded drivers. do not use the cd provided with previous motherboard.

Comment here if you have any problem doing this.

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Most restore disks are designed to work only with the ORIGINAL equipment. If you had replaced the motherboard with an identical unit the disks would have worked. But you used different board with different drivers, etc. What you can do is using another computer you can backup the files on your hard drive to a usb stick and then reload the hard drive with your OS of choice , load your programs and then transfer over your backed up files on the usb stick.

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Intel D945GZ motherboard? Got it. Now what the world are you talking about? A Chassis Intrusion Switch? What desktop computer is it in? Computer manufacturer name, and Model Number. Post back in a Comment.

Wait a minute. Won't boot, or the Power Supply doesn't start up?
Power Supply doesn't start up;

1) You have a bad ATX power on switch
2) You didn't connect the ATX power on switch to the correct pins, on the Front Panel header.
3) You have a bad Power Supply

Computer doesn't boot up;
1) You didn't follow Anti-Static Precautions
2) You didn't apply Thermal Paste to the top of the Processor, before you put the Heatsink on.
3) You didn't connect the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable.
Power for the Processor. (No processor, no computer)

4) You didn't use the Installation Disk (CD) that came with the motherboard. (Has the DRIVERS)
5) Is this a replacement motherboard for a bad one?
SAME motherboard, or a different one?

Because when Windows is installed on a computer, (Harddrive, actually), it assigns hash values to certain major hardware components.

Components such as;
1) Processor
2) Motherboard chipset
3) BIOS program, version, and date
4) Harddrive
5) Graphics chipset. (Whether Integrated Graphics, or a graphics card)

Change any two of these components, and Windows will think it is being stolen.
Microsoft User's License states, "ONE Genuine copy of Windows per ONE computer "

[ Microsoft makes one Master disk. From it all GENUINE copies are made, and sold to the consumer ]

If you are lucky, the Windows activation screen may come up. Windows will want to be activated again. (Activated, not Registered)
Doesn't happen all the time, though.

Using a brand new genuine copy of Windows? Make sure you go into BIOS Setup, and in Boot Order, set the first boot device to CDROM.

The LED light on the motherboard indicates it HAS power.

Motherboard Manual for the Intel D945GCZ mobo. (MOtherBOard),

(GHz stands for GigaHertz.
Giga = approximately 1 Billion.
Hertz stands for Cycles per Second.
1GHz = approximately 1 Billion Cycles per Second.
It refers to Frequency Rate. For laymen frequency rate = 'Speed')

Plus, it isn't new. It is NOS. New Old Stock.
Means it could be a bad motherboard, even if it has never been used.

{Computer technology follows Moore's Law,

What is new technology today may be old tomorrow }

Blue -> English Product Guide [PDF]

Let me know if you think there is a Chassis Intrusion Switch.
It will operate one of two ways;

1) When the cover is removed, the switch is open. No connection of the two wires is present. Remove the switch, put a piece of heat shrink tubing over one wire, and slide it back out of the way.

Twist the two wires together with an Electrician's knot, solder them, slide the heat shrink tubing over the connection, use heat to shrink the heat shrink tubing.

2) When the cover is removed, the switch is closed. The wires are grounded out. Remove the switch. Cut the exposed bare wire off, leaving just the insulation. Put a wire nut on it. Do the same for the other wire.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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My desktop suddenly suspended, switched it off by pressing the power button. Now it does not boot, the screen stays dark, though power lights on the PC and keyboard are on. What should I do?

You are the owner of a desktop PC that has developed a sudden and catastrophic hardware
fault - probably on the motherboard (since even the ROM BIOS doesn't give evidence of its
existence), but possibly in the power supply.

Desktop PC power supplies are (relatively) easily replaceable, so if you have as many spare
power supplies lying around as I do, try replacing that first - if that doesn't fix the system, then
the problem is on the motherboard.

Since your power supply is alive enough to light the power LEDs on the system unit tower and
also the keyboard, the problem is probably on the motherboard - look at it - there may be an obviously burned visible component - but there usually is no visible sign of the fatal failure.

The reason I do not suspect your HDD (hard disk drive) has crashed is that ROM BIOS
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whether or not the HDD is functional - and since not even the BIOS message appears on your monitor, I therefore know that the boot sequence has been interrupted long before the computer becomes intelligent enough to find and access a disk drive, and then command it to try to find a
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I have a Dell Optiplex 960 in which the motherboard had to be replaced. When I try to install nvida quadro 420 the machine reboots and will not go into windows

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Start at this link:
Getting the correct motherboard support drivers may depend on answering all the questions correctly on this site.
ie, you have to have your motherboard manual and the serial number of your motherboard ready. 
These major motherboard manufacturers can often supply support software in the form of updated drivers that can get you going again, but you may have to jump through some hoops by supplying correct info about your product. 
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I had the same problem, I unplugged my computer to move it before it had fully powered down. It wouldn’t start and all I got was the flashing lights.

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Looks as though you have lost or corrupted the drivers. Assuming you are on XP (?) try restoring your computer to an earlier date.

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