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Solved: Need MB for Presario 6400

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  1. kgash

    kgash Thread Starter

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    I have an old Compaq Presarion 6400 that I use for test purposes and backup. I would like to replace the MB with one that supports SATA drives. Is this possible?
     
  2. flavallee

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    The Compaq Presario 6400 series desktop has about 2 dozen models listed at the HP/Compaq support site.

    If you don't know the exact model number of yours, advise what the product number(P/N) on the sticker is.

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  3. Triple6

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    Replacing the motherboard with an non-original Compaq motherboard will legally require a new copy of Windows as well since the current version is only licensed for the Compaq product and it will not likely boot with a replacement board.
     
  4. kgash

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    Thanks for the responses.

    The only information I could find is Presario 6400nx.
    I don't need a direct replacement MB and I have already installed a new licensed version of XP for which I have the installation disk so I can do a reinstall once the new MB is in.
     
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    The Compaq Presario 6400NX (DA234A) desktop came with Windows XP Home Edition SP1 installed, so it's about 10 years old.

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  6. Triple6

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    That's a really system, you sure you want to invest money into it?

    You'd have to find a motherboard that supports that processor, Socket A/462, and you'll be pretty much looking on eBay to find one of those. Here's some: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Motherboard...=r1&_dcat=1244&Socket%20Type=Socket%20462%2FA
    The NForce 2 chipset based motherboards can come with SATA and are pretty much the best boards for a Socket A system, the VIA motherboards were awful.

    I assume you've upgrade the memory from the original 128MB?

    You'll also need a Molex to SATA power adapter unless you have a newer power supply: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816029

    As an alternative you can still get PATA/IDE drives or a you can buy a SATA PCI controller card to add to you existing computer but you may or may not be able to boot from an add-in PCI card.

    As an even better alternative you can pick up really cheap used systems that are newer like these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...Id=1&name=Desktop PCs&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=20
     
  7. kgash

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    Thanks for convincing me that it is impractical to do what I wanted. I will stumble along with the system until it fails and then get something newer.
     
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