View Full Version : A couple of Newbie questions
03-03-2003, 10:01 AM
I am thinking of installing my first motherboard, processor and memory in my computer and have been leaning toward the Asus P4PE. I see they make several different models of this board to help confuse the buyer. The Asus P4PE/L and the Asus P4PE/R/L/SATA to mention a couple. I don't know, there may be more for all I know. I assume these are entirely separate boards. As I said earlier, I'm new at this. Anyway, my first question is, I don't plan to get into the Raid feature today but who knows, I might decide I want to tomorrow. Should I get a board with Raid even if I never use it, or do you have to use the option for the rest of the board to work properly? There don't appear to be that much difference in price.
I would also like to know. If I install a new motherboard, processor and memory, will I have to format the hard drives and start fresh with Windows or will the computer adjust to the new motherboard automatically?
Also, I don't intend to get into OC'ing either. . . . . but who knows.
Thanks for any advice.
03-03-2003, 10:07 AM
Raid is not my forte so I'll let someone else answer that.
As far as your hard drive goes you won't have to format (but you should,) you'll definitly have to reinstall windows again. Not a big deal, you'll just have to run all the windows updates again, but you wont lose your data.
03-03-2003, 10:19 AM
You don't HAVE to use the on-board RAID controller. Also, watch out for *LITE* versions of the RAID controller. I bought a MSI 845 UltraARU with on-board RAID. The problem-the RAID bios is *LITE* and only allows 2 drives in any one array and doesn't allow changing stripe sizes.
So, my $0.02: don't get on-board RAID and get a RAID controller from www.compgeeks.com or www.computer-show.com. (This also allows you to use a different LED for your RAID array than your IDE HD's. My file sharing computer uses this-so I can tell when my network HD's are being accessed)
As for reinstalling: You don't HAVE to...but I recommend it. Windows will most likely pickup your new hardware and install it, but Win2000 and WinXP HATE old drivers being left on the computer.
03-03-2003, 10:24 AM
on board raid is a little easier if you're going to use it. why pay extra for something you're not going to use. it will be obsolete in 2 years anyway. the different models usually suggest things added onto the board. i think l is onboard lan (network card), sata is serial ata
you can look here at the overview. the letters correspond to different features of the board. http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket478/p4pe/overview.htm
as for reloading windows.....that depends on which version of windows...you could try. but this board is so new it may not like some of the processor specs. xp or 2000 should work but you may have to add the mobo software to it so it all works properly.
03-03-2003, 12:30 PM
I disagree with you guys. If you change the mobo, proc and ram on windows 2000 or XP there is no way it will boot.
03-03-2003, 01:24 PM
No....if you change the RAM it will work just fine. Change the mobo or CPU, that's when those OSes will scream and holler at you.
03-03-2003, 03:45 PM
Originally posted by Cantacuzene
If you change the mobo, proc and ram on windows 2000 or XP there is no way it will boot.
Not always. I have seen windows2000 boot ok after changing the computer's brain, but even after all the drivers were installed, it was wicked unstable.
I always do a clean install when changing even the smaller parts (sound/video...)
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