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Mobo upgrade/replacement ?

By Nando ยท 5 replies
Aug 22, 2009
  1. Hi ,

    I have an old emachine 4076 i am looking into replacing the faulty mobo to keep as a back up to my newer system -
    i was planning just to reinstall XP using the original manufacturers disc but i've read this might prove difficult to authenticate with microsoft .
    Is this absolutely the case despite the mobo needing to be replaced or might i get a break if i only install a similar model/brand ?
    If so can anyone please recommend any mobo's ?
    The original is -
    Intel Desktop Board D102GGC2 ( 775)
    Chipset ATI Radion Xpress 200 (+ i PCI slot )

    Being an old mobo it seems pretty unlikely to find a direct replacement - so looks most probable that i will need to find an upgrade - the question is ...
    -is there any chance an ugrade might get accepted by reinstall of XP , can i still find a mobo with the same/similar chipset or just go for a generally better/more modern mobo/pcu as i will have to invest in another OS ?
    Also - as this is only intended as a backup i intended keeping as much of the old set up as possible to keep cost down , so reusing things like the recently purchased 2 x 1mb DDR 2 RAM (533mhz) - will i have to forget that or can i get a mobo/cpu compatible to this RAM ?

    Any advice / recommendations appreciated .
  2. Nando

    Nando TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry , should have said the system has-
    P4 processor , 3.06 Ghz /533 FSB
    2 Gb DDR2 RAM (533)
    Seagate Barracuda 120 gb HDD ST 3120213A ( 7200)
    ATI Radion Xpress 200
    New Corsair 400w PSU
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    Hi Nando,
    you have a few options for keeping your OS with a new major hardware upgrade

    1)do a clean install of your OS (requires windows CD) best option if you can
    2)do a repair install (requires Windows CD)
    3)run 'sysprep' so your current install will work with new hardware.(not always an option)

    when you activate it may get flagged my MS, in that case you need to get on the horn and provide an explanation of why you are reactivating.

    I believe this is your board
  4. Nando

    Nando TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Red1776 ,

    Thanks very much for your info - yes i will do a clean install as i managed to save all the old files from this system so hopefully will be starting afresh .
    Yes that looks like the same mobo - i'll look into that but i'm not sure whether i'll be able to get that model as i'm in the UK and not sure of shipping etc .
    IF i can't get an exact swap for this mobo can you suggest a similar or slight upgrade to this board - but would i still be ok to reinstall the existing XP disc ?
    Alternatively , assuming microsoft won't allow this and i have to upgrade anyway i wonder whether i might as well get a slightly better mobo allowing an upgrade of processor as well ?

    Any suggestions ?
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    something like this would be an upgrade (intel mobos are icky) LOL, i really don't, think you will have a problem with moving your OS as you have the original disc, even if you get flagged and have to provide an explanation,
    this would get you into core2 duo, nice upgrade.
  6. Nando

    Nando TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for that suggestion , it looks like a much better mobo than the present intel - i'll look into that as i like the idea of possibly upgrading to a Core2 duo .
    Is that board ok with the Ram i have ( DDR2 533 mhz) or will i have to forget that ?
    On that point - is this RAM type outdated or could i still get a mobo to suit this ....or isit not worth the hassle and i should get a better/more updated mobo " ?

    Thanks for your help i really appreciate it .
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