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Old 02-14-2015, 11:01 AM   #1
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Question Can I install my old CPU and hard drive on the new motherboard?


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I'm currently using Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P socket AM3 but wanting to upgrade it to Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P socket AM3+/AM3. My current CPU is AMD Phenom IIx2 550, and 500GB hard drive which is running ubuntu14.04/kubuntu14.04. Can I just put my old cpu and the hard drive on my new motherboard? Will it work?

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Old 02-14-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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Since they are the same socket I see no problem. Are you sure the old cpu is good?
As far as hdd definately no problem.
 
Old 02-14-2015, 12:10 PM   #3
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Hi Eddy. Yes, the old cpu is really good. I overclocked it to 3.60ghz and it has been running since 2009 without a problem. I hope I don't have to reinstall Ubuntu again. I would like to keep whatever I have in my current hdd. Your answer is confident and I believe you. If you have any suggestions, please tell. Thank you.
 
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As long as there many changes in drivers you should be ok. I use debian & I always select to have all drivers included just for that particular reason.
 
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The Phenom II (except 920 and 940) are AM3 CPUs, so they will work fine on your new mainboard (nice choice, by the way) and since you used the GA-MA770T even your RAM will work. I have made a similar change in the past, from the GA-MA770-UD3 to an ASUS M5A99X Evo, only that I also had to replace the RAM. If you only replace the motherboard your old installation on the old HDD should work just fine with only minor changes (you likely will have to delete the udev network configuration file in /etc/udev/rules.d/ for your network chip to be recognized as eth0).
 
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See: http://www.gigabyte.com/support-down....aspx?pid=4642
I thihnk what EDDY1 meant was how do you know that it is your motherboard that is faulty and not your CPU and, even if it is your motherboard, how do you know that it hasn't damaged the CPU? Of course, if you're not replacing it because it is faulty then that doesn't apply.
 
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About changes in drivers, the motherboard comes with CD that I can update new drivers but I have to rely on Windows. How do I update drivers? Sorry Eddy, I'm so new to Linux that I need to ask a lot of questions.
 
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Thank you TobiSGD for letting me know about the network config. Awesome!
 
Old 02-14-2015, 01:26 PM   #9
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Hi 273, there was nothing wrong with the motherboard nor cpu. I just want a newer mb, that's all. Thank you so much you guys. I'm going work on it and will let you all know in a few more days. I might have more questions as well.
 
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About changes in drivers, the motherboard comes with CD that I can update new drivers but I have to rely on Windows. How do I update drivers? Sorry Eddy, I'm so new to Linux that I need to ask a lot of questions.
You usually don't update drivers like you do on Windows, your distribution should take care of that. The AMD 970 chipset is, in terms of IT, quite old nowadays and should be supported by any somewhat recent distribution.
 
Old 02-15-2015, 12:13 PM   #11
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Thanks TobiSGD. I found another concern about the new Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P. When I bought it I didn't read the review carefully. I found out today from a few people who gave the review. They said that this motherboard doesn't support 64bit Linux. It works only on 32bit. Mine is 64bit. What is your opinion about this? If it's true, is there a way that I can fix it?
 
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I find that hard to believe. It would hurt their business to much. Unless the board is so new that linux hasn't made the drivers for it. Have you tried a live-cd on it?
 
Old 02-15-2015, 03:21 PM   #13
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A few guys posted their review on newegg.com saying 64bit doesn't work. That's why I wanted to check with you guys first. TobiSGD has mentioned AMD 970 chipset is quite old, and I believe it should be compatible with 64bit Ubuntu 14.04. I'm going to start working on replacing my new motherboard tonight. I'll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck
 
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How recent were the reviews? A few times I have seen reports about various things not being supported only to realise they were posted over a year ago so end up not being relevant any more.
 
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I went back to newegg and went through 18 pages of the review. The most recent review was on in 01/2015. Other reviews were on 10/14, 03/14, 02/14, 12/13... All of them have said 64bit doesn't work. EXCEPT one person has said this mb works well with Linux. He enabled the "IOMMU Controller" in BIOS and the problem solved. He just didn't mention that solution was for 32bit or 64bit. I guess I have to learn what IOMMU controller is.
 
  


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