Ok guys I am going to need some help/advice here. My Gateway Athlon PC motherboard has gone belly up. I can get a new MB fairly reasonable. Board
I have installed modems, video cards, HD ect. but never messed with the MB before. What important things do I need to watch for in (a) removing old board? (b) installing new board?
Should I remove the processor before removing the board and should I install it on the new board before installing the board?
This isn't a bad guide, Delanti.
Probably a bit over-cautious, for me. But, I guess it's better than not being cautious enough.
The most tricky part about a new motherboard is not the physical fixing into the case (about 6 screws)I fit it with the cpu attached and the memory if
you so wish.
no the hardest part for a newbie is the actual connections from the start button and reset button onto the mother board
these are about 6 pins that have a power wires and the Led wires and the sound wires and the reset wires go onto the mother board pins
make a note of which is which and and where they go take your time over this and don't forget the 4 or 6 pin socket from the power unit that supplies extra power to the board if this is forgotten it will never start jmb
The labelling can sometimes be a bit non-informative, too, sadly.
Read the instructions that come with new MB
I figured that taking some good photos of the old one before I start dismantling would be good reference when I start putting it back together.
Come on Waffler, I thought the instructions were only for reference when everything else failed.
make sure if you are using a close up photo to take a picture of how the power button and reset and audio button fit to the old board, before you pull them off and adapt them to your new board and that extra power plug from the power unit do them right and plain sailing
All of the above advice is valid, just one thought. If you are replacing the MOBO, are you keeping your CPU? There are a variety of socket layouts for different CPUs so ensure that the MOBO you purchase is suitable to take your intended CPU too. You may need to remove/replace the heatsink on the CPU to remove/install it, if so, you will need to purchase some thermal compound to "stick" the heatsink back on, or you may end up with a "cooked chip" on your new MOBO.
I am not saying I am slow but.... Finally decided to get busy and get the r e build done.
Bought the same MB as originally came with the PC a year and a half ago. Removed old MB, swapped CPU over and reinstalled MB. Fired it up and nothing on monitor. Tried original OS disk, nothing. Tried a XP OS disk,nothing. Meditated for a day or so and realized I had connected monitor to original on board graphics connection instead of my video card. Duh. Changed connection and wa la, guess what I am posting this from.
The old girl is humming along just like new. Since it has been on the shelf for almost 2 years, I am updating AV, fire wall ect.
I want to thank everyone for all the help and suggestions in getting this done, I could not have done it without the help.
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Well done, that man!