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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    What is the Model of your Computer ?
    HP Pavilion a824n
    Windows XP SP3
    530J Pentium 4 processor w/hyper-threading technology
    3.0GHz Speed, 1MB L2 cache, 800 MHz front side bus
    1 GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM Memory
    200 GB 7200 RPM serial ATA hard drive
    Intel Graphics Media accelerator 900
    with up to 128 MB shared video memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiko View Post
    HP Pavilion a824n
    Windows XP SP3
    530J Pentium 4 processor w/hyper-threading technology
    3.0GHz Speed, 1MB L2 cache, 800 MHz front side bus
    1 GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM Memory
    200 GB 7200 RPM serial ATA hard drive
    Intel Graphics Media accelerator 900
    with up to 128 MB shared video memory
    So a quick Googling shows this as the Motherboard being an ASUS PTGD1-LA http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c00280650


    And
    the motherboard can be bought used or "reconditioned" see: https://www.google.com/search?source...w=1185&bih=696
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    The Goodwilly has old computers, and can be picked up cheap for an old part, also, I know people who pick up puters from garbage day and gets parts, can't get any cheaper than that, but, hey! it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    The Goodwilly has old computers, and can be picked up cheap for an old part, also, I know people who pick up puters from garbage day and gets parts, can't get any cheaper than that, but, hey! it works.
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    I have never pro crastinated, lol. Ps. Eat that celery, lol, just plain, otherwise it is dangerous to ones' health. I woujld like to have a bagel now. With cream cheese. I like them toasted. And, a coffee. Black. No sugar. Send immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiko View Post
    HP Pavilion a824n
    Windows XP SP3
    530J Pentium 4 processor w/hyper-threading technology
    3.0GHz Speed, 1MB L2 cache, 800 MHz front side bus
    1 GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM Memory
    200 GB 7200 RPM serial ATA hard drive
    Intel Graphics Media accelerator 900
    with up to 128 MB shared video memory
    That is a nice computer.

    If you have the original software installed it should go thru a system check every 30 days.

    The test will give you a message if it finds any problems.

    You should also have a complete backup of the original OS on the second partition of the hard drive.
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    At the time (2005), it was one of the best available. I think I paid a grand for the tower alone at BB. [My mother just bought a new HP with 5x the memory and HD space for $400.] Aside from the broken plastic heat-sink mount, I've had no problems with mine.

    I was wondering, if I did eventually replace the CPU or mother board, do I have to reprogram anything? Will there be prompts on the monitor or will I have to enter something at startup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    So a quick Googling shows this as the Motherboard being an ASUS PTGD1-LA http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c00280650


    And
    the motherboard can be bought used or "reconditioned" see: https://www.google.com/search?source...w=1185&bih=696
    Thanks. That's a big help!

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    if you get a cpu that will work with the same mother board. no you should get any problems
    You you change motherboard n cpu. you will not have any probs
    its not the 1980's when everything had to be messed with. Most everything ir plug n play
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick88 View Post
    if you get a cpu that will work with the same mother board. no you should get any problems
    You you change motherboard n cpu. you will not have any probs
    its not the 1980's when everything had to be messed with. Most everything ir plug n play
    That is not exactly true.

    XP considers a CPU or Motherboard a Major Hardware change, and the XP OS software would have to be re-licensed.

    That is to protect people from installing Microsoft OEM software on another computer, even on the same Model. (Of course there is a work around if you are a pirate)

    Chances of the CPU or Motherboard going bad are slim, unless you get a lightning strike. The capacitors on that motherboard do go bad, but can be replaced with better ones. The CMOS battery may need replaced soon.


    Sometimes it is cheaper and less hassle to buy a new computer with a new supported OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    That is not exactly true.

    XP considers a CPU or Motherboard a Major Hardware change, and the XP OS software would have to be re-licensed.

    That is to protect people from installing Microsoft OEM software on another computer, even on the same Model. (Of course there is a work around if you are a pirate)

    Chances of the CPU or Motherboard going bad are slim, unless you get a lightning strike. The capacitors on that motherboard do go bad, but can be replaced with better ones. The CMOS battery may need replaced soon.


    Sometimes it is cheaper and less hassle to buy a new computer with a new supported OS.
    Kiko,

    Howehvuh, if you replace the motherboard and CPU with the exact,very same items as the originals, and no new device drivers are needed, I think that XP will not balk if the Hard Drive and everything else were OK before. Anyway, if you do have the original XP CD, you can, if necessary enter the licence key. If you do not, and the computer will still boot up, you can download and run Magical Jellybean Keyfinder (I kid you not), which will show you on screen the key number of the installed
    Windows.
    http://download.cnet.com/Magical-Jel...-10079600.html

    some antivirus software thinks this a virus, but if you download it from CNET as in the link, it will be clean for sure.

    I hope this is helpful to you.

    By the way, Don's last sentence is Supreme. I realize you said you are out of work right now, and if I had an old working PC, I would send it to you as a gift.
    Last edited by BobL43; 05-18-2012 at 09:09 AM. Reason: for Kiko
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    The problem is that everything has a serial number, CPU, ROM, RAM and even hard drives, and thumb drives. The Windows HAL has a lot of info and Windows will refer to it when it sees any hardware change. Even floppys get serial numbers when you format them under a Windows XP OS.

    I have had many systems that stopped working just because I used to many different External USB hard drives.

    Hard drives are considered a minor hardware upgrade, but multiple minor hardware upgrades = Major upgrade.

    Then Microsoft wants you to call, so that you can get a code to make it work again. Even if you have your original Key Code.

    I wrote software to get around the issue, and it just makes a backup of the hidden files that Microsoft uses to track system changes.

    It is Part of my WinForce Control Panel software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    The problem is that everything has a serial number, CPU, ROM, RAM and even hard drives, and thumb drives. The Windows HAL has a lot of info and Windows will refer to it when it sees any hardware change. Even floppys get serial numbers when you format them under a Windows XP OS.

    I have had many systems that stopped working just because I used to many different External USB hard drives.


    Hard drives are considered a minor hardware upgrade, but multiple minor hardware upgrades = Major upgrade.

    Then Microsoft wants you to call, so that you can get a code to make it work again. Even if you have your original Key Code.

    I wrote software to get around the issue, and it just makes a backup of the hidden files that Microsoft uses to track system changes.

    It is Part of my WinForce Control Panel software.
    Well you fix PC's for a living. Me, its just a hobby. may the force be with you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    Well you fix PC's for a living. Me, its just a hobby. may the force be with you!
    Your living is better than mine.

    I still have and use a 286.

    But it has a Turbo button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
    Your living is better than mine.

    I still have and use a 286.

    But it has a Turbo button.
    Never had an "AT". Back then I made the quantum leap from my Tandy 8086 to a 386 (or did Tandy use the 8088?)That 386 was my first Home built PC. I remembering paying 1100 bucks just for the motherboard . Whoo Hooo! expanded memory and all. DOS all for now Don.
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