Main Logic board

Persario / COMPAQ
January 15, 2009 at 14:04:25
Specs: Windows XP, 2.70 GHz Intel Celeron
I have a problem with my old computer it bit the dust and now running vista on my laptop. I took my computer in when it quit they said it was the main logic board and would cost alot of money to fix. I guess my question is what is the logic board and is it possible to fix. I miss my XP with out coasting a arm and my leg. The computer is only about 4 yrs

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January 15, 2009 at 14:58:14
Main Logic board = motherboard. I don't know what you consider to be expensive but you *should* be able to find a compatible (but not exact) replacement for about $50 or so. Then again, if you have an HP/Compaq, they're probably quoting you a price for an exact replacement...they tend to be VERY expensive, $150-200, possibly more. And that doesn't include the labor costs to do the swap.

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January 15, 2009 at 15:08:10
Note that if you have an OEM PC like Compaq, HP, etc, you will not be able to use your present software/HD with a new 'generic' motherboard. OEM manufacturers lock their software to the motherboard that it was initially installed on.

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are actually starting the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 15, 2009 at 15:16:15
What is a OEM sorry but I"m not great on all the tech stuff. But I think I get the bulk of it. I can't replace it. Just my luck. LOL

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January 15, 2009 at 15:38:10
What aegis1 was pointing out if that you won't be able to use the WinXP installation on the hard drive. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) get a deal on Windows but the license is tied to the Computer's motherboard. There are folks that have used NON Compaq motherboards for replacement and get by with Windows still working. However, I don't think that will work any longer. Microsoft recently changed the way things work with OEM version of Windows.

All in all it isn't worth it considering your would spend around $200 or more for a board and a copy of WinXP.

For another $100 you can buy a new tower running Vista that will no doubt out perform your 4 year old unit.

You should, however, canniblize the computer at the very least. Your hard drive is probably still functional and can be installed as a second drive in a new system. If your display is functioning fine and you are happy with it you can reuse it. Keyboard and mouse can be saved as backups. The memory is useful to someone. Older RAM actually cost more than new because the older types are only in limited production.

If you have room I wouldn't dispose of any of it. Remove the drive as mentioned and leave the rest together for now.

You get the idea?

If you shop retail the store will want to sell you a complete computer with monitor. Buy from Dell Direct or another OEM and you can buy the tower and monitor separately. If you don't need a monitor you don't have to buy one. Look at the link below for an idea.

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January 15, 2009 at 16:29:01
Well thank you very much you have cleared up a lot for me.

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January 15, 2009 at 18:00:40
Another consideration is to buy a refurbished pc with a warranty and XP. Dell, hp, IBM, and other manufacturers have plenty.

Tiger Direct and other etailers also sell might find an identical match for your dead machine at far less cost and hassle than repairing the old pc.


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