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I have a problem with my computer. I have a GeForce 6100 M9 Motherboard, which I suspect is broke. The capacitors beside the CPU are corroded and the computer doesn't do anything except start the fans when I push the power button. The problem is that I can't find another motherboard as they apparently don't sell this model anymore. I have tested the Power Supply and it appears to be working. Any advice would be appreciated.

Different forums have mentioned that you can replace the capacitors. Any help on this would be appreciated.

What is the most similar motherboard that I can get and how hard would it be to swap them?

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Blown capacitors are pretty indicative of a bad motherboard. Any kind of "mushroom top" or leaking fluid will make things no longer work.

You don't need the exact same model of motherboard, (although it is a bit easier for drivers and such) you just need on that supports your CPU, and Ram.. (and type of hard drive and video card, if its an older on, such as PATA, or VGA video)

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Will I be able to stick a new motherboard in and run the computer just like that without reinstalling windows? –  Arlen Beiler Dec 29 '10 at 15:09
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Careful-- If you're running windows, sometimes you run into licensing and validation issues when replacing motherboards because to Microsoft, new motherboard=new computer. –  Zoot Dec 29 '10 at 15:10
    
Even if it is the same motherboard model? –  Arlen Beiler Dec 29 '10 at 15:10
    
yes. You should be able to re-activate the product though. –  Sirex Dec 29 '10 at 15:23
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In general, if your new motherboard has the same kind of disk bus (e.g. SATA) you can just hook up the new drive and copy data over, or use an external enclosure if not. HOWEVER, you should be backing up any important data regularly in any case and if you aren't, you should start. –  CarlF Dec 29 '10 at 20:09
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I promise, people still sell motherboards. If you mean that your particular form factor isn't available, consider that a new case would only cost $25 and up. Consider also that a new computer, with warranty, can be found for $300.

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I mean model, not shape. –  Arlen Beiler Dec 29 '10 at 18:29
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Since the motherboard is the backbone, when the desktop comes up, windows will just think you have all new hardware and re-install all hardware connected to it.

HOWEVER, sometimes windows will not boot (probably because of a difference in IDE drivers/RAID etc). IF you have a boot issue (such as IRQ_NOT_LESS_EQUAL stop error), you can get it back up and running without total loss of data.

I call it the "second R" recovery option. Where you pick THE SECOND "r" from the windows bootable disc setup screens. The first one which you don't want to select is for recovery console. Pick the second r, DON'T reformat or reconfigure the disc, tell it to reinstall into the same windows folder.

When it is back up, you should have your registry intact and all your programs and user profile intact.

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Where can I get a Windows disc. –  Arlen Beiler Dec 31 '10 at 12:51
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