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mobo - straight swap.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mushky, 13 Aug 2004.

  1. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    Should I be able to swap my motherboard out without messing windows up?

    I'm oing from an NF7-S v2 to a DFI infinity, so the chipset is the same. I'm not worried about having to reinstall LAN drivers or anything like that, as long as I'm prepared for it.

    would a repair install of XP be enough if the straight swap doesnt work? I dont want to do a full format + install.
     
  2. MrWillyWonka

    MrWillyWonka Chocolate computers galore!

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    I did that (change mobos) before, when I started windows it forced me to reactivate windows for some reason, and i used up my product keys 5 times, so i had to phone up and argue with microsoft that I was just changing the mobo. I won of course :D

    Me: 1
    Microsoft: 0

    :rock:
     
  3. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    im about to change to a NF7-S lol, so u think it should be ok though?!
     
  4. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    i think so, i'm just gonna do it. I cant see how it can go too wrong with 2 mobos with the same chipset.
     
  5. biff

    biff What's a Dremel?

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    I went from a nforce2 to a kt400 mobo with no probs... windows took care of itself. I was planing on a fresh install but all is well and that was 3 months a go.
     
  6. lcdguy

    lcdguy Minimodder

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    Murphys Law :)
     
  7. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    i still owe that guy a slap or two.
    :D
     
  8. Kameleon

    Kameleon is watching you...

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    It'll all work fine, I still have an install of Windows that I made on an 8RDA+, then installed an NF7-S on, and then a DFI Lanparty into...and then when I got this new NF7-S I used that install for a bit on it too. The most you'll get is a load of "Found New Hardware" prompts and have to do a lot of clicking, on the 8RDA -> NF7-S changeover I didn't even have to do that. It works fine ;)
     
  9. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    Thanks Kam :)
    It seems silly to have a dfi infiinity, 2x256 BH-5 and a XP2500-M sitting in a box here, while im using my 2nd choice parts to play doom3 on .... :p
    (waiting for me to get round to cleaning + lapping all my WC stuff).

    I might as well have a quick swap around while I pluck up the motivation to service the watercooling gear.
     
  10. Fronzel

    Fronzel What's a Dremel?

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    I don't recomend it, but normally if you have the same chipset, it isn't really a problem. I personally use a motherboard swap as a good time to clean out all the bit rot and worthless data I save for some reason that made sense six months ago. Now I wonder why I have a flash of a baby singing "I pooped my pants"


    I've done this several times. The majority of the arguements goes like this:

    Microsoft: Why are you reactivating?
    Fronzel: I changed the motherboard.
    Microsoft: Is this copy of XP used on another computer?
    Fronzel: Nope.
    Microsoft: OK! Your new code is...
     

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