Hey guys. I have some quick questions. Some background, a couple months ago, my mother board on my hp m7640n was fried and the pic expres slot stopped responding- prob he to a black spot. Anyways, my friend has a spare computer with all of the parts stripped cept for the case mono and processor. So I was wondering: could I switch parts from my hp to my friends computer ? I want to reuse my hard drive which has xp media center installed in it. Do I have to reformat the hard drive in order to reuse it ?
Parts should be able to swap over as long as they fit in the slots and the power supply has enough cables to match the components you are putting in. The HDD with WinXP, probably won't work without a re-install of windows. I've had some that worked, and some that didn't. Only way to find out is to try, but don't get your hopes up.
Ok, just took a better look at the computer. It has Nothing on the mother board except for the processor. There is a 400w psu and the mobo is a Asus pk5c. There is a copy of Windows xp professional on it, might switch to Win 7.
P.S. Do I need to reformat my Harddrive before or after I put it into the new computer. Also, do i need to buy a sound card or does the PK5C have an integrated one? Is there a sound card on my HP?
I don't need a new CPU because my friend left it intact. All I needed was a graphics card but I wanted to replace the hardisk because mine has about 100 more gbs. Right after I turn it on , the computer beeps once stops and three times. So I'm assuming I need to replace the ram and get a graphics card