changing motherboard for similar

  teewhy 10:02 29 Jul 2008

I have a Asus K8V-MX motherboard which go die. These Asus boards are not easy to come by and I am thinking of installing a very similar board i.e. MSI K8MM3-V which has identical north & south bridge chipsets (which leads me to think these boards are pretty generic). I intend to re-use the CPU, RAM & Graphics card etc.
Are there any obvious pitfalls in this? Is it a non-starter?
If it is a way forward any hints or tips would be most welcome.

  Ditch999 14:10 29 Jul 2008

If your OS is Vista or XP that might be the biggest problem as MS may try to tell you that its a different PC and you need a new licence.
Apart from that, just putting your old hard disk in and booting is asking for bother. It may work it may not but you will have problems sooner or later. There are a lot more chipsets on a mobo apart from the N and S bridge.
Best to do a format and a fresh install.

  NewestRoyWidd1 14:42 29 Jul 2008

I installed a new motherboard last week,and was able to use my existing XP licence after registering with Microsoft via the automated phone system.
As long as you do your fresh install into your original Windows folder,it should be fine.I didn't reformat because I didn't want to lose the programs etc on my C drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:11 29 Jul 2008

Drivers to disable BEFORE changing motherboard
click here

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