Originally Posted by duderj
As my subject line states I am trying to upgrade the MOBO/CPU/RAM on a system that has Mandrake 9.2 as the OS. Everything is terribly outdated on it, but unfortunately the OS is running a custom program that I did not develop and talking to the developer seems to be an impossible task. I have no working knowledge of any Linux based OS, so I am trying to get pointed in the right direction on possible troubleshooting that may occur. The system is not connected to the internet so it wont be able to automatically update the necessary drivers that I already know. I haven't gone forward with the upgrades as of yet, one because I am waiting on the CPU to arrive and two because my lack of knowledge makes me hesitant. I know that someone is thinking why not just upgrade the OS, the reason behind that is because I am unsure on if the custom software will even run on it. Any help would be appreciated.
Will I be able to just plug and play the new hardware as long I have the correct drivers?
Welcome to the forum
I would have to agree with John VV above, If you're wanting to combine new (or newer) hardware with a distribution and version from 2003, that "ain't gonna work," as they say, especially if we're talking about onboard video, sound, ethernet, etc. It will not
be plug and play!
Could you give the exact name and model of the motherboard you ordered?
If using the program you mentioned is absolutely imperative, then my suggestion would be to leave your current system "as is," and use the components you ordered to build another system (just purchase the remaining parts you need, we can offer help if you need advice or suggestions,) and then install a new or newer distribution of Linux on it and see if your program will work on it. Or you could just return the parts for a refund or exchange them for a different motherboard and/or CPU and memory.
Also, if you feel uncomfortable with building a computer system yourself, I would HIGHLY
recommend having a computer repair shop in your area build it for you or at least have someone you know who is knowledgeable of computer hardware on a professional level help you with it! Don't get anyone who doesn't know what they're doing to do this for you, it's better to spend the money!
Hope this helps...