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My motherboard may be toast and I have looked around for the exact model. If I simply swap them like for like, what can I expect to have to do? Will I need to re-install the OS? Will I need to flash the BIOS, if so how? Will I need any special goo for the CPU and heatsink? Thanks in advance for all your help!
 

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Hi pegbeard,

Please post your computer specs so we can help you further troubleshoot your computer issue. Are you sure that the problem lies on the motherboard? I recommend double, triple checking just to make sure. What is the exact problem of the computer?

To answer your question, if you replace the computer motherboard with the exact same model, most likely you will need to perform an In-Place upgrade(Windows Repair for Windows Vista) on your computer. I recommend Artic Silver for really good Thermal Paste between the cpu and heatsink. Artic Silver will definitely help cool the cpu pretty good.
 

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If the Mobo is identical to the old one you probably won't need to do anything. If it differs then you can usually get away with a Repair Install.
Personally, I prefer to save any data I want off the Hdd onto a flash drive or CD then Zero the drive and do a fresh install.
You will need some thermal paste and that can be obtained at any PC shop.
 
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