The local computer shop says you can't upgrade my gateway 838gm mobo because a) more than likey it won't fit and b) the connectors from all the peripheals won't fit on the new mobo. The mobo is a microatx, so I thought they were universal. Is he full of it and just wanted me to buy a refurb from him.
My mobo is fried and I am wanting to upgrade the processor which means also the mobo. I want to keep the gateway case if possible just to save $$. I thought it would be simple to buy a new mobo and cpu but it seems it's not going to be that easy.
Well the only reason it wouldnt fit would be if thats not a microATX, if it's a gateway 1off size and dimension. Just make sure whatever you order has the right amount of cable connection types (i.e. if your hard drive is ATA - make sure the motehrboard you get has ATA and not just serial) - also want to double check your power supply has the right plug for the motherboard you order.
I guess its possibly they created their own goofy motherboard with a goofy power supply and PSU connection.