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Old 07-11-2005, 04:43 AM   #1
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Can I install a new motherboard without having to reinstall Slackware?

Well basically what it says in the subject... my mobo has flaked out on me and I'm going to be fitting a new one. When it's all done will I have to reinstall Slackware or will it pick up everything fine? Also, what would the situation be if I changed the CPU too (which may happen)?


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When I've done this, the system really hasn't liked it as certain modules are setup to be loaded for specific hardware. Changing motherboard might not be too bad if you're not using on-board devices like sound, network, etc. but it might have problems with USB devices as the controllers on the motherboard are likely to be different. Same with the processor - it might not like it if you're moving between Intel + AMD processor for example. Someone with a bit more experience might be able to offer a way of reconfiguring Slack to handle the hardware changes, but I've not used it much to be honest.
Old 07-11-2005, 05:07 AM   #3
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You'll probably get a bunch of "Argh! Can't find this! It's all wrong!" messages, but it'll still boot. You should almost certainly boot into text-mode, not into a GUI.

Then fix whatever errors came up & you'll be good to go.

If you use a custom kernel, it'd probably be worth adding in as much support for the new MoBo as possible before you install it. If you use the generic Slack kernel it'll probably be ok as it has most stuff built in as modules anyway.


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