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User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Yesterday I tried to install some new ram memory in my computer. Somehow I managed to fry the motherboard, don't ask me how. I've installed new memory before and never had this kind of trouble. Took it to the local big box store that sells audio/video and appliances and they told me it would be cheaper to buy a new machine than fix the old one. So I bit the hook and spent 650 bucks on a new machine. Today at work, talking to the tech guys, they said I could have easily replaced the motherboard and probably used the recovery disc provided by the manufacturer to get things running again. Yes? No? Maybe? I can still take the new computer back if I can get the old one going. Like to save myself the 650 bucks.

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User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3464 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

What are the specs of the old comp? That should help us determine if it worth replacing the motherboard.


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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5093 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Im guessing its a desktop system, in which case yea, all you need to do is replace the motherboard, this will cost you less than $100.

If you can post what kind of processor your using, someone will be able to recommend a suitable motherboard for that type. If its a fairly old machine your only option will be a second hand mobo, but someone on ebay will have one!



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 2):
Im guessing its a desktop system, in which case yea, all you need to do is replace the motherboard, this will cost you less than $100.

Thats right. Replacing the motherboard will cost around 100.00 depending on what type you are using. As long as you have the knowledge of how to remove the old one and hook everything up to the new one then it shouldn't be a problem at all. I have replaced many a motherboard in my days, I have a penchant for overclocking. By all means try to get the motherboard replaced. Sounds like the sales guys just wanted a little comission.

- Neil


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9487 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 3):
As long as you have the knowledge of how to remove the old one and hook everything up to the new one then it shouldn't be a problem at all.

That's the key although I'd be very surprised if "repairing" the old one would have cost 650 bucks. It would surely cost less than that for the dealer either to fit a new board or just maybe fix a broken track or three. If neither option is available then it just isn't repairable, which isn't the same as being more expensive to repair than buying a new machine!


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21353 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1570 times:

An "OEM" or "Restore" version of Windows may or may not work with a different Motherboard... It may miss drivers for specific hardware components the original motherboard didn't have...

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9487 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
An "OEM" or "Restore" version of Windows may or may not work with a different Motherboard

Smart@rse Smile! Yes, I hadn't thought about that but, as I see it, either it can't be done or it would still be cheaper to replace/repair the motherboard if possible than to buy a new PC. I just wonder if the dealer made that judgement without really thinking about it. That's why I have "real" copies of Windows on my desktops - for modular upgrades.


User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

It's an emachine T2862. The processor is a Celeron D 330. It's only a little over a year old, just outside the warranty of course. I'd like to salvage it if I could and save a few hundred. Thanks for all your help.

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 7):
It's an emachine T2862. The processor is a Celeron D 330. It's only a little over a year old, just outside the warranty of course. I'd like to salvage it if I could and save a few hundred. Thanks for all your help.

That new of a machine, fix it, MO-BO's are a cinch, but you got to know what your doin.
but it can be tricky, i've seen a few e-machines and they all had a proprietary mo-bo. But i've also just as easily put in a brand new aseus mb to replace it. Id go to a local coputer shop, screw the big boxes and have him or her pop in a new one, itd probly take all of 20 mins to install and restore your system.

Justin



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User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
An "OEM" or "Restore" version of Windows may or may not work with a different Motherboard... It may miss drivers for specific hardware components the original motherboard didn't have...

So I would have to buy a new version of Windows to fire it back up?


User currently offlineDan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 9):

So I would have to buy a new version of Windows to fire it back up

No.



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