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Instructions on replacing motherboard If you are replacing the motherboard with the same model, you should not have to reload the chipset or have to re-install the operating system. This is not always the case but normally it is. If you have access to your personal data, you may want to back it up before replacing the motherboard just to be safe.

If you are replacing the motherboard with a different model, then the chances are good that you will have to reload windows. You might be able to install just the chipset and be OK but if that doesn't work, then a re-install is needed.

Below is instructions on replacing a motherboard. This is general instructions. Due to the numerous variations of computers, I am not able to go into detail but can give general instructions. For more specific instructions, consult the manufacturer of your computer.

NOTE: Most if all cables and connections are easy to determine where they go. Most cables will only plug into one location only so there is no confusion where they plug in at. Also most connections are keyed so they will only go in one direction so you can't accidentally reverse them. However there are a few motherboards that uses cables that you may not be able to determine which one goes where. Before removing cables, check to see if there is more than one location that cable can plug into. You can also do the following to make sure you don't plug it in the wrong place.
Draw a diagram of the motherboard.

On the diagram, label the connections A through Z or use numbers.

Then take a piece of paper and either put A through Z or the numbers on it

Put the paper on each cable.

Then you just have to match the numbers together and you will know you have them in the right place.

Read the Safety Procedures. Very Important!!!

To remove the motherboard do the following
1.If you…...

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