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11-26-2002, 05:12 PM
My COMPAQ 486 motherboard has finally gone. It is part of an integral case/monitor like the Apple. I would still like to use it with another motherboard, if I can find it. I have checked EBAY and of course, there is nothing. Anyone have a source for a unique motherboard like this. It's a CDS-524 model.
11-28-2002, 10:56 AM
If your motherboard is proprietary, you have little chance of finding a replacement.
Ebay has over 20 486 motherboards listed for sale. Type "486 motherboard" in their seach box.
Also, Pricewatch lists complete computers for under $100. Click on "Not exactly new" at the top and then "PC - Windows".
You can find complete working 486 computers for $5 and up at local flea markets.
Big question is - why ? :)
11-28-2002, 12:59 PM
Thanks. The hard drive has a lot of stuff on it that I want to retrieve. Maybe I don't know the proper sequence, but when I transfer stuff from a hard drive to another one, the registry gets screwed up, the drivers try to load and reload, etc..
I just want to get all of the information from Outlook Express( over 1 MB ). I tried transferring information previously using different techniques(including the ones mentioned in the software forum) to a Zip Drive, but was never successful. I think it was because the techniques didn't apply to the Windows 95 FAT or the old version of IE.
11-28-2002, 02:11 PM
Files can be transferred but entire programs can't.
Trash your old computer and put the old hard drive (set as slave) in your new computer.
You should be able to access the old drive from Windows Explorer and drop/drag your old files.
You can also import your internet files using Netscape or IE.
11-28-2002, 02:14 PM
OK, then what happens to the driver conflicts?
Load a brand new install of the OS on your new computer, and only transfer over you documents and such. Don't bother trying to transfer programs, just reinstall them.
11-28-2002, 02:29 PM
You're not going to boot up to your old hard drive anymore, so there won't be any driver conflicts. Set the old hard drive to slave with the jumper/s and your new computer will now see it as drive d.
Don't transfer anything but files.
11-28-2002, 02:37 PM
Excellent!! I will try that soon on another computer that I have. Thanks
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