Motherboard exchange

We lost an ASUS PU-DL motherboard and that is not in stock in the area. We need to get the machine back up quickly. With the new motherboard (ASUS PC-DL) it hangs at the windows startup screen and cannot seem to load the system settings. Can I run the repair routine booting from the SBS installation disk and have the system load the new drivers? Will installing SBS over what is there overright all of the programs, exchange, sql and such that is now on the disk?
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rhandelsCommented:
Hi,

Normally, i you do a repair install on the machine, a new registry will be created so the machine will not notice that SQL is installed.. However, on SBS SQL is installed with Windows, so maybe this will work... Normally data will not be deleted (so it will still be there). I would only suggest this option as a last resort (you don't have that many options do you??). Only thing to make sure is that you have a good back-up in case something goes awire on you...

But what happens is you try to reboot in safe mode??
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fiscAuthor Commented:
Thanks rhandles for the moral support. As it turns out and as a last resort, we used the repair option and repaired SBS. The machine booted so slow (over 2 hours) we went home for shuteye at 1:30am with the intention of doing a reinstall iupon our return. The machine looked dead. When we came baclk in the machine was up and mostly fuctional, however we did have to get MS'S ok and authorization code to get logged on. (Why can't they allow at least a couple of weeks on reinstalls!!!!?) We had to reload a few drivers but everything is now ok and the thing boots about like always.

Since you are the only one who even took a shot, I guess that you get the points. Thanks for responding so quickly.
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rhandelsCommented:
Hi,

Always trying to do our best. indee, sometimes the only thing you can do is to give some moral support.. Anyhowes, glad to hear the problem i solved, don't we just love Microsoft's new license policy??? You pay to much and you get to little ;)

If you think that i deserve the point, i'd be happy to get them (who isn't right???)...
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fiscAuthor Commented:
I think one of the reasons the motherboard trade out went so well was that they were both the same brand (Asus) and similar chipset.  I still don't understand why it took soooo loooonnnggg to boot up.  It would stay something like 20 minutes on Preparing Network Connections, just as long on Applying Computer Settings", then you could login, and then just as long on Applying Personal Settings.  Finally it came up to the activation part, and we had no choice but to say yes activate...and then that took FOREVER and we thought it was dead.  That was the point we left for the night.  But in the morning to our surprise it had came up.  Now, all is back to the normal pace. ????
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rhandelsCommented:
Did you try to do a new reboot?? If this also takes ages, i would suggest either calling ASUS or maybe Microsoft, they might be able to help you...
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fiscAuthor Commented:
Yes, we have rebooted and now it takes the normal amount of time! So I have no idea why it was taking so long before.
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rhandelsCommented:
Oh wonder how we love the Microsoft..... ;)
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