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Motherboard installation

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by -=DFOX=-, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. -=DFOX=-

    -=DFOX=- Border Bandit

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    If I were to install a new motherboard/CPU in my existing system (Dell Dimension) would I need to do anything else? Would I just be able to hit the power and everything will work and recognize the new board?

    Is it super complicated? I want to go from a P4 to an Athlon.

    Thanks for any help guys.!
     
  2. kilroy2721

    kilroy2721

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    Chances are that a motherboard that you can purchase off the shelf will not fit inside the case properly, Dell has them made to their specs.
     


  3. N2DFire

    N2DFire Who Me ???

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    First - you'd have to make sure that the MB would fit & work in your case. Dell is known to do some "sneaky" proprietary stuff in the name of convenience (like the removable PCI Card cage).

    Next - from what I understand about Windows (2K & XP anyway) don't particularly like changing MB's without reloading the software. There are tricks around this in XP.

    I have done similar things here when we have a system crap out - I'll just swap HDD's to a new box - sometimes it works o.k. sometimes it will do flaky stuff.

    Good Read for XP
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/replace_motherboard.htm

    and for Win 2K
    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/other/motherboard/win2k.htm