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Zinfan
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« on: November 16, 2011, 01:09:18 AM »

Ok I have a basic question, can I replace a dying motherboard (ASUS P5Q Deluxe) with another socket 775 board and not have to reformat the hard drive or re-install the O/S?  I figure the BIOS would handle the motherboard settings and I should be able to just pull the parts off the old board and put them on the new one.  I have a 9550 quad core cpu, ddr2 memory and I think this board may work http://www.amazon.com/MSI-G41M4-F-2DDR2-800-GMA4500-Motherboard/dp/B002ML56J0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_7 but I don't know if additional effort will be required.  The case will accept the micro ATX board.  The old ASUS seems to have an issue with the memory slots, I did a memtest and my memory failed every time even after I bought new modules.
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 05:44:03 AM »

You can replace the motherboard without reformatting; however, I've always had problems with drivers not quite working correctly even after doing clean installs.  I would recommend reformatting for best results.
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