Need to replace Sony P4S533-VL Motherboard. Am I limited to Sony products or can I find an Intel or Asus to install? Plan to use existing CPU if it will fit and other peripherials but want to add RAM. Thanks, Jim.
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that is an Asus board. The question is was it designed specifically for Sony or is it an off the shelf model. If it's Sony specific make sure it has standard ATX connectors and not proprietary ones, otherwise you may have to replace the PSU as well as who knows what else. i even have a Compaq that has the USB internal connectors made backwards. sick... the board is available for as low as $17. repairing a 478 system is not a worthwhile proposition these days i had some complete systems I couldn't even get $25 for on Craigslist and they were working. ended up giving them away to some shelters for battered women with kids.
Thanks angryhippie for the reply. Appreciate the advise and observations. Not sure what I will do with the wounded machine. Thought I would use it as a learning experience by replacing the MB, PSU, and lots of RAM, but after your reply might not be worth the effort. Will take another look at it. Thanks again.
It can also be much more complicated than you may thinking. Just to let you know before you invest money in hardware...
You almost certainly won't be able to just slap in a different motherboard and "plug-in" the same old hard drive to run your "new" system. An extremely high percentage of the time you will have to re-install Windows and re-install your applications, and migrate your data...assuming you also have the application installation CDs (or programs). If you don't have a different hard drive, you have to backup your data, re-install Windows and your applications to the existing drive, and then migrate your data back to the drive. But even then that doesn't always work for some applications as sometimes the registry is involved in making the data usable.
If the OS and bundled applications came pre-installed on the original system they likely will not work with a different motherboard...even IF Microsoft authorizes using the old product key(s).
And, if you have system "restore" media instead of installation media, then it is most likely designed to be usable only with that old motherboard, and using the "restore" media or "restore" image on a different motherboard probably won't result in a usable/stable system.
Sometimes with a lot of work and detailed knowledge one can force a pre-installed OS and applications to work with a different motherboard, but generally speaking it's not a straight-forward process, it can be VERY time-consuming, and it often doesn't work.
Hey John thanks for the warning and looks like most of the other responses agree with you. Didn't know I was getting into but now want to take another look at the proposition. The 478 as someone called it was a part of an office network now replaced. Used sparingly and stopped working in a cloud of blue smoke. Not really just the burnt wire smell. Not sure what is wrong with it but assumed MB. Not wanting to toss it I decided to repair and give to the grandkids. Expected to do as little as possible but at the very least change out the MB, PSU, OS, and CPU if it wont fit the socket. Not concerned about apps and other data on the HD and expected to just reformat. Not looking to move to the top of the tech ladder so hoped to keep costs down and yet end up with a solid performer. What do you think?
The 478 I referred to is the socket on the mb that fits your CPU. It's a 478 pin socket for intel pentium processors. Look on the bottom of the mothergoard for burn spots. Or holes on top of the capacitors. If the mobo burned out chances are good the CPU might have been damaged as well. Smell the back vent for the power supply to see if the burned odor is stronger coming out of there. If your power supply and hard drive are good, you can build a new dual core socket 775 system system for about $175 including a DX10 PCIexpress 2.0 video card and a gig of DD2 memory.
I know it's a few months after than the OP, but I just saw this feature added to the NON-freeware version of EaseUS ToDo Backup Workstation (Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000). The free edition does not have this capability.
I've NOT tried using this claimed feature so can't share any experiences with it. The US$40 program has a 15-day trial period, but even has some restrictions.
EaseUS Todo Backup provides recover to dissimilar hardware feature which can help you:
1) Migrate system to new PC with different configurations.
2) Restore an image of Windows operating system to dissimilar hardware (RAID controllers).
3) Deploy the same operating system on many computers.
Before restoring system to dissimilar hardware or any PC, please ensure you have an image of Windows operating system.
Trial Version does NOT have WinPE bootable disk and system snapshot feature
Trial Version can be tested for 15 days starting from the date of install
It would be interesting to test this out. But keep in mind that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) will likely require you to re-authenticate your installation at some point in time. Depending on the specific licenses you purchased for your Windows OS and other programs/suites like Microsoft Office, Microsoft may decide to prohibit "recovering" the OS from one machine to another...even IF the process ended up being technically successful.
I've no personal or financial interest in EaseUS or its partners.
Many thanks to both of you, Angryhippy and John for the follow up. Since my last I did the bread board routine on the PC. Everything out and back in one item at a time. Each component came on line and seemed to function well. The machine did post and the OS loaded. Amazing and I don't know why it stopped working in the first place. Did find that the HD was making lots of unusual noises so I replaced it and used DriveImage.XML to migrate everything to the new drive before removing the old one. To my suprise all is working and that is something since I have no clue what I am doing. There are some kinks I have to fix as a result of all the data movement Some features are not working and others behave strangely. Might have to impose on you again if my fixes fail. Thanks again for the help.
then hit OK. make sure you put in the space between the sfc and the \. That will start the system file checker which will check to see if any of the main system files for XP have been corrupted and fixes them where needed. you may need your disk but I don't think you will.
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