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If I remember correctly, the F500 was introduced about two and a half years ago. Generally these days, if a notebook PC is out of warranty, it's not economic to replace the systemboard. You'd probably be better off putting the money towards a new model that's capable of running Windows 7.
Having said that, you do not say which exactly model of the F500 you have. You need to check the model number on the label on the bottom of it to make sure that you can identify the correct system board. Replacing a notebook system board is a major job and not really the sort of thing you should try if you've never done it before. You need the correct tools and anti-static equipment to avoid doing any damage during the disassembly / re-assembly process.
I'm sorry to sound so negative, but I know from experience that even qualified engineers can have problems doing this sort of work on machines that they are not familiar with. If things are not done in the correct sequence, components can either get damaged or not fit together correctly.
You mentioned the mother board, but not the computer number. However, I'll send you to the site that you can download the chipset drivers for that board, You will need to choose the Compaq machine that you have. HERE.
Look at the MB and find the manufacturer and model number. Most manufacturers imprint their info right on the board itself. It can get a bit more difficult, but not necessarily impossible if it is a propriortary motherboard (like from Dell HP Compaq). If you can get that info then maby we can find he install drivers on-line somewhere. let me know what you find...
Hi babupbt, just post the model No# (you can find it printed in white on the motherboard or get it from the compaq manual). Compaq list everything on white stickers through out the PC.
I'll find all the drivers you need. (What operating system are you planning to install)? XP home, XP Pro?