Solved Gateway GT4010 Motherboard Replacement

January 17, 2014 at 15:59:17
Specs: Windows 7, 4
After the second main board went out on my Gateway GT4010 Media Center I think it is time to look for a better MB. The board has the ID KTBC51GLF, D33-007 with the socket 393 and DDR - PC3200 memory. Has anybody been successful replacing it with another compatible Brand Name board? If so, please let me know what would be a good choice, also pricewise. Thank you in advance.
Al.

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#1
January 17, 2014 at 16:25:46
How did you determine the board is bad & not some other component? Why do you want to repair an obsolete BTX system? Your board failures (if they have actually failed) are most likely due to the crappy power supply. Let me guess, is it a Bestec? What are the symptoms of the bad board(s)?

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January 19, 2014 at 07:32:37
Thanks for your answer. The question was: What to use to replace the Gateway board with! Some reasons: Could use the CPU, Memory and all the rest and if I am lucky Microsoft might give me a new install code. If...
$$ could be another reason, can't afford to buy a new one. Don't need the latest and fastest, read and send only e-mail.
PS. The PSU had been replaced the time before with an 400 W brand name one.
Thanks again in advance.
Al.

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January 19, 2014 at 09:18:38
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As I pointed out, you have an outdated BTX system. Socket 939 boards are hard to come by as it is, S939 BTX boards are even harder to come by because it was such a short-lived form factor. If you were to switch over to the much more popular ATX form factor, you would have to get a motherboard AND an ATX case to put it in. Even so, a S939 ATX board will still be hard to find due to it's age. eBay is always risky but it's probably your best bet.

Please explain how you determined both boards went bad. What were the symptoms? Also, post the make/model of the "400 W brand name" PSU.

EDIT: changing the board means Windows will have to be reinstalled, at the very least, a "repair installation" will be required. If you have the Gateway OEM version of Windows, it will most likely be useless with a retail board.

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#4
January 19, 2014 at 17:45:31
Thank you for your follow-up. You are right, the 939 board are not available anymore.
Looks like I have to give up the idea to save this Gateway and save up $$ for another one.
Since it seems you know Computers, perhaps you have any idea what to do with this PC's still working parts?
Al.

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