You can get thermal compound just about anywhere. I got some at 3dcool.com, they also have some cool cases and fans and sort. If this is your first time you should really find some one that knows a little about computers to watch you. So words of wisdom are don't do it over carpet and make sure and touch the metal part of your case before you touch any components. Never take anything out of the package until you are ready to use it. Personally I go ahead and hook everything up properly(or what i think is properly) and then go from there. Read the book that came with your motherboard from front to back before you start digging in. I know your probably tempted to start right away but if you don't it could cost you some dollars.
One more thing, if you do buy some thermal compound and your hsf has the pad on the bottom use some rubbing alchol and something to remove it from the heat sink before you put the thermal compound on. Also if you do only use a little dab. It's supposed to conduct heat if you put on to much it won't work as good.
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RE: using old Harddrive.
I tried the same when i installed my new mobo last month, and, boy, did I regret it! Actually, i think that it would have worked o.k. if it wasn't for the fact that my A7A and AliMaGiK1 chipset did not suport Win 95 OSR2. i didn't find out till a week later, when I installed (from a fresh drive) to Win98SE. If I had done the fresh install from the beginning I probably would have got it up and running within the weekend (and no moaning from the wife!).
So having been their myself and experienced it, I concur with most everyone else on these forums, when upgrading a mobo, re-install the OS form a freshly formatted drive...it is the easier, and probably less time consuming way.
if you have important data you don't want to lose, and you don't have another drive (or another partition) then, get something like Partition Magic from PowerQuest, to partition your drive before you start and copy across all important data to the new partition , leaving you to reformat and re-install the OS on the boot partition, or get a second drive and do the same thing but woth more space :-)
Anyway, Good luck to you, READ the MOBO MANUAL FIRST, CHECK ALL jumpers and BIOS settings, and have fun!!!
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Thanks for the tips.
I have a partition with Me a partition with Apps on it and a partition with XP installed.
Are you telling me that my computer simply will not work when I reboot with an OS installed?
Isn't there a way I can make my computer boot from the CD drive so it will begin the XP installation, I have no problem blowing away that partition again.
You can get heasink paste from Radio shack that works fairly well if needed. You do need a thermal interface material, whether it comes as a blob of sticky stuff on the heatsink, as a separate pack of paste, or bought separately.
Actually, did you see this quote from Tom's review of XP?
On the evaluation version it is not possible to run the installation from DOS, and we could not find any information on how to create XP boot disks (on Win 2000 this is done by running the program "BOOT/MAKEBOOT" on the installation CD), so it seems like a previous version of Windows also is required.
All these requirements are subject to change when the final version is released.
I guess installing it from DOS is out for now. Question: What are you messing around with XP for anyway? It's not released yet. Might as well go with W2K until it's out, no?
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