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Help, with swapping out a motherboard versus putting hard drive in different pc

dunvarna 976 169 January 6, 2016 at 08:45 AM
Ok, here is the long winded version of the story. My mother-in-law passed away 2 years ago.
My father-in-law, who is a older, tossed her notebook of passwords, away.

My wife wants to access her mother's email for whatever various reason. My question is this.

The mother board appears to have cratered. the hard drive is fine, I can access all the files from plugging it into a usb to sata connection.

My wife wants to be able to boot it up and allow outlook to access her mother's email.

My question, do you think it would work out if I bought another motherboard and attempted to plug and play the hard driveI can't find the exact motherboard as it is an older ECS.

Possibly boot to safe mode and try to load new drivers? It is windows 7, Intel E-7200, socket 775. No she doesnt have a windows login, so we should be good there. Previously she had everything to auto login, but it has been 2 years since the pc was turned on and working.

Just trying to garner thoughts from experts before I attempt it this weekend. Was wondering if it was even worth the head ache. I have to attempt it anyway, for the wife.

Thanks in advance. Happy New Year. We made it past one more hurdle.

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UPDATE.....I found a supposedly new ECS mother board of the same model on Amazon. Cost me $119 bucks. Hope it works.
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UPDATE.....I found a supposedly new ECS mother board of the same model on Amazon. Cost me $119 bucks. Hope it works.
Why not just grab the data over the USB connection and import it?
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What makes you think the motherboard went badConfused

I believe you should invest some more time investigating the PC as it is. I think it is not the motherboard but rather your impatience.

Have you checked to make sure the power supply isn't set for 230 V instead of 115 V?

Also if you do not have the exact keyboard and mouse mother used are you aware that windows may take a long time to detect and install the drivers required for the hardware you are using?

Is it possible that mother was using a USB external hard drive? if so can you find it??

Are you connecting the PC to a network and then attempting to start the PC?

Have you verified that the VGA or HDMI & power cables are actually working?

Computers don't break just because they were not used for 2 years.Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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Why not just grab the data over the USB connection and import it?
Iagree

You know the HDD is good since you put it into an external enclosure. Just keep it in the enclosure and grab whatever you need off of it. No need to buy any new mobo or anything.
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Don't understand?...Is it that you need to boot the hard drive so that some password manager can be used to access passwords? or maybe that passwords were saved to auto login for e-mail..
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I would have virtualized the old machine.
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I would have virtualized the old machine.
Is this as easy as you just made it sound? Sounds like you would need to make a VHD of the hard drive, and then boot it in VM? Wouldn't this cause driver issues usually?

I have never thought to do this before, which is why I am wondering. If it isn't extremely difficult I would like to give it a try myself.
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Is this as easy as you just made it sound? Sounds like you would need to make a VHD of the hard drive, and then boot it in VM? Wouldn't this cause driver issues usually?

I have never thought to do this before, which is why I am wondering. If it isn't extremely difficult I would like to give it a try myself.
No pretty much what you said. There are a few ways to do a physical to virtual conversion. I have used VMWare tools to do it most often when the machine is running yet and it does a sysprep type thing that removes drivers and then you install VMWare tools on and your set. As with anything like this its prudent to take an image first.
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