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Question

I plan to buy a new motherboard that supports the Intel P4 (or comparable AMD) processor.

1. Does that mean I have to start from ground zero and re-install everything (OS, HD, peripherals, etc. etc.)?

2. My current board uses 168-pin DIMM sockets for my SDRAM memory. Will I have to buy all new memory chips?

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Answer

This question was answered on February 6, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

1) Upgrading your hardware does not usualy require a re-install of your Operating system Although it does require you to install new drivers for the devices you add to your system If, however, the hardware is incompatable with your OS you should check the manufacturers website to see if there are any recent drivers; if they don't have it, you should either try to search for a user-made one or get a new OS or another device A good practice: get new drivers from the manufacturers website as they contain fixes and optimizations.

2)You have to check the supported memory type on the box of the motherboard, if it's the same as you have now you will not need an upgrade.

Optional 3) Here are some good motherboards to concider buying:

P4: Intel D850EMVR (www.intel.com), appr $170

AMD: Asus A7N8X Deluxe(nForce2 built in sound card), appr $130

But any other you buy should be suffient, just make sure your hardware and software is compatable and/or supported.

--alex

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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 6, 2003