If it's the same model number and bios type there shouldn't be a problem. I mention the bios because compaq, HP, emachine, etc. sometimes use the same model motherboards but their bios is different. XP--and I assume, Vista--won't accept a different branded bios.
I did the paper clip on the power supply, fan came on,don't know anything about the hal, but i can add drivers, I don't have the new mobo yet, still looking, there are two kinds pegatron and a auis i think. I have a pegatron m2n78-la rev-a01
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