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Replacement Question Ok, so after some troubleshooting I came up with a problem that either my motherboard or cpu (or both) broke. Took it to a pc store to get a more thorough troubleshooting... got same answer. Since I don't have any replacements to test which of them broke, I decided to upgrade it all together. Found some CPU/Mobo bundles, with some RAM. Now my question is, if I was to replace my motherboard/cpu/psu/ram on my pc, would anything else need replacement too? Will I have to reinstall my OS or even worse, buy new OS? The motherboard I'm buying is not the same as the one that broke, though it is on the similar line (p5n-e sli). But even so, could I buy a motherboard not in the same line and it won't affect my pc? Maybe even another brand. Sorry for long message, but thanks in advanced for any answers I get.

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  • Odessos Jul 01, 2008

    I use the Alienware CD. It is MS Windows XP MCE 2005 COA OS. So I believe it is OEM.

    As for Mobo, the one I had was a P5N32-SLI SE DEL with Core 2 Duo 2.13GHZ E6400 2M Cache 1066MHZ

    I'm planning to buy the P5N-E SLI Mobo with Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 - 2.53GHz, 3MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB, Wolfdale-3M, Dual-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan

  • Odessos Jul 01, 2008

    Thanks a lot latoof:) Just what I needed to know, though I'm feeling like just initiating a reformat, then installing xp again from scratch. Will they charge me anything for requesting a new product code if the PC fails to accept any changes?

  • Dave May 11, 2010

    You may have to reinstall the OS. but it may be possible to do a repair install. What OS are you using and is it a retail version or an OEM version?


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NB You are more likely to have sucess if your MoBo is of a similar type (same manufacturer, chipset etc)

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  • Dave Jul 01, 2008

    The old board appears to be an nForce 4 chipset while the new is a nForce 6 chipset. this may be problematic for a repair intsall so ensure you back up your data, game saves, email etc BEFORE starting

    OEM s/w licence is linked to the system and usually replacing the MoBo constitutes an "new" system but replacing a faulty MoBo is IIRC allowed under the licence. You may need to call up and get an activation code though. I have done this sucessfully and IIRC it is an automated service anyways. Have a pen and paper handy though.

    Have a read of these links. They may be useful when trying to repair the OS

    HERE and HERE and HERE

    Note 3rd link is a clean install so skip step 1 for a repair install.

  • Dave Jul 02, 2008

    there should be NO charge to get an activation code for your software. I was not charged anything when I did this exact same thing. Just ensure that if asked you tell them that the MoBo was replaced due to failure...


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