I have a AMD Athlon XP 2900+/SOYO K7VME based PC with a 200 W PSU. Either the CPU or the MoBo is dead.
I am thinking of using the Biostar K8M800 Micro Motherboard CPU Bundle - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Processor 2.30GHz OEM combo to replace the MoBo and CPU. Have some memory too if needed for this board.
I have the HD from the SOYO setup and wonder if I will need to reinstall the WinXP Pro or will it work without reinstalling. I have lost my OS cd.
The old one is a SOYO K7VME barebone kit from TigerDirect with case/PSU/MoBo already installed. I bought and installed the AMD Athlon XP+ 2800. It ran fine for last 3-4 years. The PSU starts if I don't plug in the 4 pin P4 connector, with or w/o the CPU installed, so I am not sure whether it is the CPU or the MoBo that is dead. I would use the on board video in the new MoBo and can live with 1 HD and 1 DVD/RW.
I wonder why I would need to reinstall the OS. Can I boot from the existing install and install the additional drivers for the new MoBo?
you would need to reinstall the os because most likely, unless the boards have the same exact chipsets, it most likely would be unstable as far as drivers goes. just reinstall to save yourself the trouble