Computer help forum: How hard is it to replace a motherboard???

by: krubby April 1, 2010 11:17 AM PDT

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How hard is it to replace a motherboard???

by krubby - 4/1/10 11:17 AM

After both a lot of conversation on this forum (link below) and talking to HP Support it appears as if my motherboard is fried.

So - how hard is it to replace a motherboard? Is 1/2 the battle determining the proper motherboard to buy?

quick note - model number is HP m7248n. more stats below

I guess here are my questions:

1) How do I determine the correct motherboard to buy? Here are the specs of my current one from the HP Site:

Base processor
Athlon 64 X2 (M) 4200 2.2 GHz
2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
Socket 939

Chipset
ATI Radeon Xpress 200

Motherboard
Manufacturer: MSI
Motherboard Name: MS-7184
HP/Compaq motherboard name: AmethystM-GL6E

2) Is installation basically removing all the old componants, unscrewing the old motherboard, screwing in the new one and obviously reconnecting all the componants?

3) Once I do that, assuming I do it right, when I fire it up will windows boot right up? are there other things I need to do (fix bios or cmos settings? install drivers?)

My skill set is I am above a basic user, I have replaced hard drives, video cards, memory etc before- but far from an expert. If this will save tons of money either having it repaired or having to buy a new one fine with me but I also don't want to dive into a project I have little to no chance in doing correctly.


prior forum:
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6122_102-0.html?threadID=388984&tag=forums06;forum-threads

More detailed PC Specs:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00511049&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=1145725

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