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New motherboard in an old Dell?

By s_megg ·
Are there any BIOS/branding issues when putting a new motherboard/cpu/RAM system into an older Dell box, with the OEM hard drive still intact running WIN 98SE? Will the old hard drive etc. be recognized by the newer, non-Dell, Chipset, or will we get funky/cryptic error messages?

Thanks for your feedback.

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by jschein In reply to New motherboard in an old ...

As always, replacing a motherboard with one that is not identical will cause problems.

You can try to connect it all up, turn it on, it "may" identify enough without failing. More than likely, you'll just have to backup any important data, and re-install win98se. If you are going to do that, back up your data, format your drive and start fresh (gets rid of alot of misc. stuff that people forget about).

Good luck.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to New motherboard in an old ...

well, it might just work. is first system still running? or do you now have one dead system and need to try to get back up with older Dell? there are specific motherboard drivers, one thing you can try if hard drive has to be moved 'blind' is to download chipset drivers for (older) motherboard from Dell, install them, then remove all system components in device manager and allow them to be redetected. either by 'refresh' or rebooting). if won't boot, try safe mode, change video to vga. might have onboard video, nic, sound...need drivers for all those...if you can 'set up' hard drive before moving it, backup registry then remove system device drivers then shutdown without refreshing and move drive. you can always reinstall windows if this fails...the users data will be safe unless you format drive or otherwise overwrite it...

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by Ann777 In reply to New motherboard in an old ...

Be aware that Dell's PSU (power supply) is specific to Dell... in other words, you will need to replace the power supply as well. A Dell PS will not operate without Dell specific systemboard.

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by richard.sharkey In reply to New motherboard in an old ...

You also need to be aware that some Dell motherboards/cases do not have standard ATX fixing points. It may be adviseable to look at a new case, as these aren't too expensive, and can also solve the power supply problem if you go for one built in.

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