replacing a motherboard

September 21, 2010 at 02:16:49
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 515 P4/ 1GB
I own a Compaq Presario SR1250nx desktop. One moring I went to power up, and not light on front. Light in back @ the power supply was flashing. I replaced the power supply, no power up. Purchased a new motherboard, HP part # Grouper GL8Ev1.07 Aftermarket part # PC 135-69002
The new one has arrived, but the only difference is the new one is HP part # Grouper GL8Ev1.06. Should I be concerned about this? What type of work surface is best for this repair? I live in an apartment, was going to use my dining table with a formica top, but I do not want to scratch it nor damage the pc components... also, what type of tools, anti-static, dust particle protection do I need.
B T W I have an AA In I T @ UOP, and a start up computer repair business... Lighthouse Computer Concepts...

thanks in advance for any thoughts...

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September 21, 2010 at 03:39:05
yes the new board will work, both have the same chipset (intel i915g + ich6). Don't forget to do a benchtest.

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September 21, 2010 at 05:26:53
thanks kuwese.

the one I received is from an online company called, Part For Computer. It was factory installed in a P C, but the unit never sold. Was bench tested then sealed by the aftermarket company, has a 7 day money back, then 30 day warranty. I think we will just install, and if it does not work, will bench test and save in case needed later.

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September 21, 2010 at 05:36:28
Benchtest it 1st!

It's stupid to just go slapping it in the case without testing it. It's easier to install the CPU, heatsink/fan & RAM before installing the board anyway, so why not take the few extra steps to benchtest it? That way you'll know for sure that it works. And if it doesn't work once it's installed in the case, you'll know YOU did something wrong during the installation.

"I replaced the power supply, no power up"

What did you replace it with? Was it a new unit or used? What are the specs? Did you test it before installing it?

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September 21, 2010 at 05:47:07
thanks jam

You are correct, we did not even Benchtest the old one! will do that first, then the new one, then the MB then go from there. will keep posting status.

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