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Old 08-02-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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Switching motherboard


I'm reasonable with Linux, but I've never switched a motherboard before.
I'm trying to take out the motherboard, and put a new one in with same memory and everything, just differant processor.
Keeping my Gentoo install on my harddrive.

Apart from LAN and audio (onboard) being put into the kernel, is there anything else I need to change? Or should it just work?

I ask because I tried it a week ago and Doom3 suddenly went awful, unplayably bad frame rates, and I'm doing an upgrade! I'm gonna try it again and then reinstall Doom and tinker about, but I was wondering if there's anything else obvious that I've missed.


Old 08-03-2006, 04:30 AM   #2
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I plugged a hard drive with linux installed into an entirely different computer once. Worked a treat, just loaded different modules and it took about 15mins of tinkering to get everything back working as it should. I was pretty chuffed about that considering at the same time I tried the same trick with a Windows 2000 install and it didn't work at all. Wouldn't even boot or try to boot, right after NTLDR I got a Stop error that tried to tell me my hard drive had died which wasn't the case at all.
Old 08-03-2006, 04:55 AM   #3
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Well, the only way to be sure is to try it..... Seriously, I've found Linux to be much more resilient to hardware changes than Windows ever was, so it should work.

When my old Athlon XP motherboard decided to self-destruct a few months ago, I swapped it for the only alternative I had to hand, which was an old dual PIII 1Ghz board. I expected to have to do a clean install, but I fired it up anyway - and it booted up fine, with a few error messages mainly due to the different soundcard. After a kernel recompile for the new SMP processor architecture and the new soundcard, a reinstallation of the NVidia graphics driver and a swift alsaconf, I was good to go.

Amazing, really - I dont think Windows XP would be as forgiving! So, I'd certainly give it a try.
Old 08-03-2006, 07:36 AM   #4
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Cheers guys,

I've switched the motherboards and with a simple recompile of the kernel to add the right sound and network drivers, everything worked fine.
Apart from Doom3, didn't like the new sound chip much, but managed to tinker that to work
All benchmarks up a bit, apart from Doom3 :S

Cheers again


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