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Question about motherboard replacement

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November 19, 2011 1:56:32 PM

Hi guys,

I have a question - my motherboard's toast and I've found another of the same type on the internet. Will replacing my old motherboard with a new one of the same type require a new OS install (Windows in this case).

Thanks.
November 19, 2011 2:13:05 PM

As long as it's the same exact model, then no... I replace them all the time, but it must be the same exact motherboard.
a c 122 B Homebuilt system
a c 156 V Motherboard
November 20, 2011 2:10:48 AM

jdenova007 said:
... ,but it must be the same exact motherboard.

Mostly true.

Identical is best. Usually same brand and chipset will work. I can swap drives between my GA-EP45-UD3P and GAEP45-UD3L motherboards all day and they both still work - mostly. :)  It breaks the Windows activation because the MAC address of the built in ethernet ports are different, at least until I swap the drives back.

But after that, the odds of success go downhill pretty quickly.
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