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Old 13th December, 2011, 05:18 AM
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Bad Mobo

My wife's aunt came to me with a computer problem. She called me and said that the tech she talked to on the phone said her PSU was bad. She wanted me to come put in a new one for her.

I gladly did so, but quickly discovered that the PSU was not the issue. It was the motherboard. I've picked up the replacement and installed it already. Issue now is the computer wont boot past the Vista splash screen. Gets to the green bar moving across the screen and reboots. safe mode doesn't work and I've booted into windows recovery but that didn't do anything either.

I know that replacing a motherboard without reinstalling windows causes lots of driver conflicts but I want to try to avoid having to reinstall the OS.

Is there a way to recover the OS without having to reinstall or do I have to bite the bullet and just reinstall the OS?
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Old 13th December, 2011, 04:40 PM
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The only way I've ever recovered a system like that was the windows recovery. If that doesn't work, I dunno what else to tell you.
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Old 13th December, 2011, 06:45 PM
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AFAIK, if swapping out to a different mobo - different chipset, you have to uninstall the drivers before removing the old board. Shut down, then fit the new board.

Only do it once, and it did work.
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Old 13th December, 2011, 09:28 PM
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thats what I thought. Look like a new OS it is.
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