how do i know what motherboard i need??

Banned 16 replies
Found 13th Jun 2007
my computer has stopped working.

took it to the computer shop, and the guy said the motherbaord was gone.

how do i find out which 1 i need?

17 Comments

find out which processor you have, each processor has a specific socket which compliment each other. You then choose a motherboard according to the socket.

How old is your computer. It maybe time to think of upgrading, as the Mother Board is the main part of your PC.

Original Poster Banned

my processor was an intel celeron d.

Is this a reputable shop?

The motherboard is one of the more expensive items to have fitted.

Banned

jr129389

my processor was an intel celeron d.



You need a motherboard supports socket 775
It also depends on what RAM/Graphics card you got could you find out?

I guess your on a budget?
ebuyer.com/UK/…970

This one has bulit in graphics card (where ur monitor plugs into)

It also has 2 slots for RAM and supports DDR

erm............. You know once you change your motherboard you would need to reinstall your operating system??

Do you have the Make and Model on your computer or is it a custom build?

Banned

Iom-RF

The motherboard is one of the more expensive items to have fitted.



Not really

it doesnt look like he has a high spec machine

my CPU cost more then my Motherboard

erm............. You know once you change your motherboard you would need … erm............. You know once you change your motherboard you would need to reinstall your operating system??



erm............ no you don't

You'll have to update your drivers and it's usually best to run a BIOS update but that's it...

Greg

erm............ no you don't :)You'll have to update your drivers and … erm............ no you don't :)You'll have to update your drivers and it's usually best to run a BIOS update but that's it...



You do if it's Vista.....well reactivate to be precise....but by the sounds of it the PC in question wouldn't run that anyway.

Although imho it is advisable to reinstall if you make such a big hardware change, Windows may well have a fit and get lost up it's own backside it doesn't handle such things particularly well.

megalomaniac

You do if it's Vista.....well reactivate to be precise....but by the … You do if it's Vista.....well reactivate to be precise....but by the sounds of it the PC in question wouldn't run that anyway.Although imho it is advisable to reinstall if you make such a big hardware change, Windows may well have a fit and get lost up it's own backside it doesn't handle such things particularly well.




:thumbsup:

h4x3r

Not really it doesnt look like he has a high spec machinemy CPU cost more … Not really it doesnt look like he has a high spec machinemy CPU cost more then my Motherboard



For a shop to fit the Motherboard itss one of the more expensive items.

To buy a motherboard is quite cheap

Yep, they will charge a lot in a shop, it does require disconnecting pretty much all the cables and refitting them (although its only a few minutes work really). It might be worth considering getting a newer DDR2 motherboard which will support a Core2 CPU given that DDR2 ram is so cheap - this would give you a great upgrade path for the future.

Unless you replace with an identical motherboard I'd definately recommend a re-install of your OS regardless of what it is.

You do if it's Vista.....well reactivate to be precise....but by the … You do if it's Vista.....well reactivate to be precise....but by the sounds of it the PC in question wouldn't run that anyway.Although imho it is advisable to reinstall if you make such a big hardware change, Windows may well have a fit and get lost up it's own backside it doesn't handle such things particularly well.



I didn't know about Vista as I've only installed it from scratch.

Why would you want to completely reinstally your OS when you only really need to update your device drivers? I suppose it's mostly down to preference but when it's so easy to update the chipset in one go these days it seems silly to reinstall the OS and then have to restore all your settings....

Greg

I didn't know about Vista as I've only installed it from scratch.Why … I didn't know about Vista as I've only installed it from scratch.Why would you want to completely reinstally your OS when you only really need to update your device drivers? I suppose it's mostly down to preference but when it's so easy to update the chipset in one go these days it seems silly to reinstall the OS and then have to restore all your settings....



The CPU ID (among other things) is tied to your Windows Licence, as such you will have to reactivate Windows XP SP 1+ or Vista if you change your motherboard regardless of whether you reinstall or not.

In theory your suggestion is sound, however in practice it's advisable to reinstall Windows as:

a) Changing the motherboard has a knock on effect on everything else in the system. As far as Windows in concerned you may as well have plugged the HDD into a completely different computer.
b) Windows (or more specifically the Windows HAL), while fine with most hardware changes, will more than likely get it's knickers in a twist over your new motherboard, and more often than not just wont boot at all, safe mode or otherwise as it has to load the motherboard drivers regardless. This is particularly likely if it's a different chipset on the motherboard.
c) If you do successfully convince it to work Windows will more than likely be a mess of inappropriate drivers and only half work - have fun sorting that one out - but if you do manage it I guarantee performance will be less than a clean install would have been.
d) To fix the above will most likely take you a lot longer than just reinstalling in the first place, whereby you get a nice clean system with only relevant drivers loaded.
e) It's best practice to reinstall fairly regularly anyway for performance and security reasons, I tend to do mine once a year or so - there's only so much regular defragging can do (and the Windows defrag tool is a bit pants) and it forces you to have a good clean out of the crap that everyone builds up on their PC's.
f) The process of having to reinstall forces you to backup all your important documents etc. which is something everyone should do regularly anyway, too many times I've seen years of someone's documents, photos etc. lost to HDD failiures because they didn't backup.

So long story short, chances are you'd end up having to reinstall but if you were lucky enough not to need to then you still should imho.

Original Poster Banned

thanks for the input guys. are they diffcult to fiit??

jr129389

thanks for the input guys. are they diffcult to fiit??



Not really difficult, although it is the worst thing to have to replace and can be fiddly if you're case doesn't have much room for manoeuvre.

Banned

jr129389

thanks for the input guys. are they diffcult to fiit??



Well..................................................its not no. But for someone who is knew with computers Mobo is the hardest thing to fit.

Bulldust even for someone who is new to fitting out a computer a motherboard should be easy to fit
If they take out the existing motherboard they will see easily how to fit the new one.
just make sure you have all the components you can fit on it before installation for easier job.
I suffer from a bad tremble in my hands and I can even do it
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text
    Top Discussions
    1. Should I upgrade to Windows 10?44
    2. 48 hour working time directive69
    3. Installing google play store on Kindle Fire 2nd gen?615
    4. Windows 7 reactivation56

    See more discussions