[NTO] Re: Motherboard
- Hi Larry and All,
I thought I'd post this on the Off-Topic list...
> I remember you saying that you upgraded your computer byThe motherboard (MB) is what you could consider an interstate
> installing a new motherboard. Did you do that yourself or did
> you have a lot of help. I mentioned it to my brother who sells
> and sets up computers and He said that was one thing he could
> not do. He said that he had taken in several old "junk"
> computers that he did not mind destroying and tried switching
> motherboards on two of them and ruined both of them. I am just
> curious whether I misunderstood you.
highway connect all the cites together. The only thing a MB does
is make it possible for all your hardware (and software) to
communicate with each other via the solder runs and cables. A
certain portion of those electronic paths are called the bus. My
point is, there is nothing on a MB that can cause it to fry *in
However, there are different voltages that can be fed into a MB.
Computers use different levels of voltages to run the various
components. There are what I refer to as pins and straps on the
MB to hard configure the board to whatever options you want to
use or *must* be used depending on the individual setup of each
computer. They are the little pins that you put the little black
(sometimes blue, red, etc.) plastic coded jumper over. Pin
layout sheets with the options tell you what pins to jump for the
The main thing to consider as far as power goes and burning up a
MB or components is the power strapping option. Some processors
might require .3VDC and others .5VDC. If you strap it for 5VDC
and you have a .3VDC processor there is a good chance you can fry
the board. Some of this info is just from my experience although
I have never friend a processor or a board on a PC. Just a few
$50,000 boards at work one time - and did they fry! ROTFL! That
was due to the same situation. I had hooked up a power supply
cable to the 24VDC instead of the 12VDC which supplied the boards
on that shelf via its backplane (same as MB except the digital
switch had one for each shelf).
One more thing to consider is the power supply itself. Make sure
the output voltages are correct for the new board by looking at
the specs. I am sure they are since you are running a 133Mhz now
My guess is there might be some equipment out there for PC's that
may have an internal power source as well and it might need to be
configured, but I do not think you would need to worry about
that. There is also a possibility of some of your other hardware
being so old that it will not be compatible, but I don't think
you have any using tubes, etc. hahaha.
If you buy your own and do it since you have never done it
yourself I suggest the following. Buy your MB, processor, and
RAM all from the same source. Computer smiths and Price Watch
are a couple good places to check. Price Watch (I think
http://www.pricewatch.com) has a huge amount of listings and you
can search by brand name, cheapest, all of a certain thing,
model, etc...) When you find what you want call them and tell
them what you have in mind and if it is compatible. At Computer
Smith's (http://OrderAComputer.com/) they have a wizard and it
will list the compatible parts as you build your computer.
Anyhow, call to make sure. Package people probably do not take
the time to see if part a will work with part b. You could
always order by phone and specify that you want the MB configured
with the processor and RAM on it. There should not be a charge
for that. All that said, most hardware come preset by the
manufacturer ready to go now-a-days, but it is always best to
double check them.
Before you start rebuilding read all the installation
instructions and make sure you understand them, less you might be
without a computer for awhile. If all goes well, you should be
able to be up and running in a half a day.
OH, with what you are buying you can probably get Win 98 SE for
about half price OEM meaning it is a distribution copy for
distributor with no thrills - no manual, etc.
> It now looks like I will be getting my new system with the nextIt will break some of your Clips, but I don't think you will mind
> two to four weeks. I am hoping to get a 500 Mhz system with 8
> Megs of video RAM, 256 Megs of regular RAM, and a DVD drive.
too much. <g> Some of them you might thing are broke because you
are expecting to see a flash or something and you will no longer
see that. In short - you will be screamm'n!!! (See my post to
the beta list on the Clipbar - you are getting twice as much as I
have now and are upgrading from basically about the same
> I was going to get another bigger hard drive to go with my 8.4Yes they are, try Dirt Cheap Drives. My 2.8GB does me just fine. ;)
> Gb drive (which I need like a hole in the head but I am greedy)
> but my brother told me to wait a month or two or three rather
> than run my finances so low. He says the prices on hard drives
> are dropping almost weekly - a 17 Gb drive for $139 and a 27 Gb
> drive for $199 from Best Buy.
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