heads up on motherboard install xp

i am replacing my motherboard with exact same motherboard.
i want to keep all my data
not being a experienced hardware guy, i am looking for tips and anything that can help.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You should be fine, though you may have to re-activate.  But even if OEM, Microsoft should re-activate because it's the exact same model board (I've done this before).

And you shouldn't have to worry about drivers - BUT windows will likely detect a bunch of new hardware but SHOULD have the drivers for everything *PROVIDED* it is the same model board.  A different revision of the board MIGHT cause a problem but probably not.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
replacing my motherboard with exact same motherboard.
Take pictures of your bios settings in particular the hard drive settings (AHCI/IDE/RAID) Sata Settings.
Take pictures of every connection on the motherboard.. unplug everything, with the machine unplugged from the mains (AC outlet)
use a grounding strap connected to the case or have some skin contact with the case when installing the motherboard.
Plug everything back in, compare with your pictures
Plug the computer back in, plug in your monitor/keyboard et al
Power on, enter the bios and check your pictures and set the bios up the way it was before.
press f10 save and reboot
you should be good to go.

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David SairaiTechnical SpecialistCommented:
You should not have an issue with the swap out as the boards are the same. Issue may arise if the chipsets differ like your sound card or graphic card. The worst that can happen is you re-activating your Windows.
isnoend2001Author Commented:
Thanks for the info.
I have already taken pictures of the motherboard, but not the bios
this could be a problem as the reason for the motherboard switch is this
couple weeks ago turned on pc in the am like every am and the screen was blank with the pc running
first checked the monitor cables and then another good monitor after a few turning off the switch times it came on and booted
Pulled out the 1 yr old video card and re-seated.
Took about 5-6 power on-off to get it to boot now i have left it running for 4-5 days.
is there any way to take a picture of the bios, other than the boot process ?
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