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Old 12-19-2006, 11:45 AM   #1
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(Resolved) Motherboard died. Can I install new Mobo and CPU ....

My motherboard just gave up posting. I have thoroughly troubleshot the situation. Let's skip it, I am really aggravated... but I have several Linux distributions installed along with Win XP HOME. I am pretty sure that Windows will not allow for a motherboard/CPU change but I am OK with that. What I need to know is whether Linux will be able to adapt and run.

I now have an Asus a7n8x-e deluxe dead motherboard with an AMD athlon XP thoroughbred CPU. DDR RAM, ATI video CARD. It is very unlikely that I can find a motherboard of that nforce2 chipset vintage that has not also been an RMA adventure. So I will have to change hardware. What do you think of my chances of success with the following hardware swap scenarios

1. Just change the brand of motherboard if I can find one with the same chipset that I have now. From Asus to MSI etc...

2. Change to another 32 bit platform such as to the P4 platform

3. upgrade to a 64 bit CPU platform either for AMD or Intel.



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Old 12-19-2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Replacing the mobo should work just fine, as long as the disk drives stay in the same position (meaning that your primary master remains the primary master, etc).

The main potential issue is that the chipset on the new mobo may use different kernel modules than what you old mobo used. For example, if you were using onboard sound and your system was using the XYZ module, the new mobo may need the ABC module for onboard sound.

Your first option would be the cheapest


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