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Old 05-19-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Upgrading Hardware in Mandrake 9.2


Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening

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 Everything is terribly outdated on it, but unfortunately the OS is running a custom program that I did not develop and talking to the developer seems to be an impossible task.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.

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Will I be able to just plug and play the new hardware as long I have the correct drivers?
 
Old 05-19-2015, 07:27 PM   #2
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9.2????
the 9.2 that was released in 2003 , 12 years ago

the mandrake os that on longer exists , it is now called "Mandriva" and the last release was in 2011

you are in a bit of a pickle there .


if i were you i would higher a linux expert ( consultant)
install a modern OS like RHEL7.1 or SUSE12 ( or OpenSUSE 13.1 LTS)
run a KVM on rhel to run the 12 year old mandrake 9 on

that 12 year old OS will have ZERO support for any new hardware
new as in manufactured AFTER 2003

to put this in perspective
in people terms a GENERATION is 20 years
in computer terms a GENERATION is FIVE (5) years
9.2 is 2.5 generations out of date
that would in people terms make mandrake 9 "world war 2 era " in people terms

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Old 05-19-2015, 07:37 PM   #3
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Since Mandrake 9.2 reached EOL eons ago forget about plug and play. Your not going to be able to find drivers for modern hardware. Not knowing anything about your program it's difficult to say but you might be stuck with older hardware.

I have a piece of equipment that runs on DOS. The program does not work in a VM or Dosbox or even from XP.
 
Old 05-19-2015, 07:51 PM   #4
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Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening

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.

tl;dr
Will I be able to just plug and play the new hardware as long I have the correct drivers?
Hi...

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...

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Old 05-19-2015, 09:36 PM   #5
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What does this custom software do? There may be FOSS appications that does the same thing.
 
  


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