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    Quick question: if i replace the motherboard in my PC (chances are, keeping the same CPU/cards) would i need to reinstall/reconfigure my OS? i've upgraded items before but never a motherboard.
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    Depends on the chipset used by your motherboard, on the extra features on it. You definitely must have the same chipset i think, that's a key component for the correct functioning of your pc. You can give it a try, but i think you better reinstall or 'repair' your install.
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    I think it depends a lot on the kernel. If you're using the distro supplied kernel, you'll probably be able to just pop it in and boot. If you've configured a custom kernel with only support for your hardware, you might have to change some things like CPU, USB, and IDE options.

    And, of course, if something like a hard drive ends up with a different /dev entry you're going to run into trouble.

    But generally, you can just copy a / directory to a brand new PC and fix which /dev file things point to as you run into issues, just as long as your kernel has the necessary options compiled in.

    Either way, backup, and have a live CD on hand if you decide to try.
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    Re: Motherboard query...

    Quote Originally Posted by PsypherPunk
    Quick question: if i replace the motherboard in my PC (chances are, keeping the same CPU/cards) would i need to reinstall/reconfigure my OS? i've upgraded items before but never a motherboard.
    LILO should automatically reconfigure it for you if you change the mainboard. Personally I've done this before with out any problems because I added wrong ram to my mainboard and didn't know it so it wouldn't install the OS, so I installed it using a different computer and place the HDD back and it worked fine. You might have to reconfigure somethings depending on which mainboard you get, but I see no problems with doing that unless of course you're using Windows.

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