Making the most of Windows Vista Ultimate - motherboard upgrade?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by dummy, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. dummy

    dummy Guest

    Hello. I am new to Vista. I was a long-time user of XP. I bought and
    installed Vista U and and found that allthough it worked, my vista experience
    rating was only 1.0. I was unable to use the 3d effects that come with aero
    as well as some screen savers. I thought I'd be clever and buy a new video
    card that was 3d enabled. That was my second mistake. Once I got the video
    card I realized that it didn't fit my motherboard. My third mistake was to
    buy a new motherboard. When I got the new motherboard, I found that my RAM
    didn't fit the new ddr2 slots, and my cpu was of a different pin type. My
    next mistakes were to sell my motherboard on ebay and buy new RAM and a new
    Pentium D processor. When I finally got the darn thing put back together I
    tried booting from the hardrive that I installed windows vista on in the
    first place and the computer crashes out. I did a little searching on the
    web a lot late and apparently, correct me if I'm wrong, but my first mistake
    was buying the OEM software from a 3rd party source because out there in the
    fine print, microsoft considers every piece of hardware, except the
    motherboard, fair-game for swapping out.

    So my question is: Am I stuck with this 200 dollar coaster or can i install
    this on my computer again somehow?

    I've had no luck getting help from Microsoft because the web interface asks
    for the product number (or i guess 60 dollars up front) before I can send the
    question to them. The product number is inside the help -->about dialog,
    which at the moment I'm having trouble getting to.

    Any guidance or help would be very appreciated.

    dummy, Mar 28, 2007
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    pete Guest

    Wipe the drive
    Reinstall Vista Ultimate OEM will give you a number to call.
    Explain that your mobo broke and you needed to replace it.
    Load the drivers that came with your Mobo off the mobo CD
    pete, Mar 28, 2007
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    LarryC Guest

    I'm really sorry that your having a lot of problems. There too many varibles
    that could be wrong, even down to your power supply. The best thing to do
    make sure to check if all your components are Vista certified and if they are
    make sure they are not defective. This may take some help from your vendor. I
    have no idea where that list is. Maybe somebody here can give you a link.
    Good luck,
    LarryC, Mar 28, 2007
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    dummy Guest

    I will try that. Thanks.

    dummy, Mar 28, 2007
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