A motherboard is a printed circuit board that serves as the basis of nearly all the hardware components in a computer. The main role of the motherboard is to act as a liaison between all these internal components and various expansion cards, such as video cards, network adapters, etc.
If you want to use the new CPU generations, you should change it every 6 months. Also, you most likely have to spare a budget for changing the memory and storage drives as well. If not changing to catch trends or speed, a PC motherboard can last for 10 years or more.
This article discusses some guidelines which you should keep in mind while upgrading your motherboard.
Upgrading Of Motherboard
For instance, if you are upgrading a Pentium 4 motherboard to a Pentium D or Core 2 Duo motherboard, you may need to uninstall your older hardware drivers before installing the latest drivers. It is imperative that you back up all your data and settings as well as drivers for each component to avoid system problems in the future.
As far as possible, it is recommended that you use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) software from Intel Corporation when updating your driver disk.
However, if an OEM driver disk does not exist for your model of motherboard, certain aftermarket vendors offer similar options which can be used instead.
If aftermarket vendor software doesn’t work on your computer then revert back to Windows default driver. These are usually available from the motherboard or your computer’s manufacturer’s website.
The next step is to look for a driver disk that supports your hardware upgrade. You can usually do this by matching the current motherboard model with those on the vendor’s site. The information should be written clearly on the back of your computer’s case or somewhere inside the system unit. If you are not sure what type of processor and motherboard you have, Google for it. In order to find drivers online, make use of search engines such as Google and Yahoo!.
If the manufacturer provides an OEM driver disk in box then check if an XP/Vista/Seven 64 bit compatible version is available (or any other latest OS) from their website as well can download a CPU-Z to determine default support OS.
Once you have downloaded the driver disk, burn it on a DVD or CD and restart your computer from this disc. The post-upgrade process may start automatically once the installation is complete. In case it doesn’t, refer to your motherboard’s manual for guidance with regard to its chipset drivers, BIOS settings and other advanced functions that will need to be reinstalled or updated.
The above steps should help you upgrade without any major issues. If you still experience problems after updating your drivers then look through Microsoft’s Windows Update website for vital updates such as those involving security patches and new versions of Internet Explorer or Media Player. These are essential components which must be installed in order for your computer to function properly.
When upgrading an older Pentium 4 PC to a newer and faster system, you should remember that these two components have different function sets. For example, Intel’s Speedstep Technology can be found only on new models of motherboards such as the P4X266A Socket-478 (Socket T). If older PCs are upgraded with new processors then they tend to overheat.
If you plan on upgrading your computer’s motherboard, make sure the upgrade is worth it – this will save you money in the long run. You may also need to reinstall drivers for certain functions of your old hardware if you decide to swap out other components, such as memory or a video card.
There will be times where the motherboard is so old that no driver updates will solve a particular problem. It is likely that a person has to upgrade their motherboard to get all the latest features and better performance. There are also other cases when one might want to switch motherboards over and over, as it’s just more convenient.
When should you upgrade your motherboard then? It really depends on what the user wants to do with their computer, how much time they commit to fixing any issues about the hardware, or how long they can put up with these problems.
Improved By Upgrading Of Motherboard
if upgrading the hardware means having more power at hand, or removing defective parts from your machine altogether, it would certainly be worth the investment in money time, and effort.
Below is a list of things that can be improved by upgrading the motherboard:
1) Up to date hardware features, such as additional serial ports or USB support. These might come in handy if you want to install a piece of equipment that requires more physical connections than what your current motherboard provides.
Maybe one has an internal modem that no longer works because the BIOS does not recognize the device? Well then, the upgrade might be a good idea (although there are still other ways around this).
2) Fixing broken functionality – there are cases when something will stop working, but nothing wrong with the driver is found on Windows Device Manager and all other troubleshooting techniques fail.
Then usually the motherboard itself must be defective, and you should just upgrade to another one.
3) Performance of a particular system, such as faster response time when selecting an application or opening files, etc., from reducing the lag between you pressing a key on your keyboard and the computer responding with the corresponding action (due to better hardware support), to higher computing speeds – which is greatly desirable for software engineers and those who work with high-demanding applications (such as video editors or game developers).
4) Better selection between different motherboards based on their price/performance ratio: if one chooses a motherboard that has more features but does not perform well in comparison, no matter how much they spend on it, it would be pointless.
This could happen if there were 3 similar motherboards, each with the same amount of features, but one was more expensive and another which is cheaper performs better. A person may choose what they want to spend their money on this way.
5) Swapping motherboards – some people don’t like having to plug in their keyboard (which usually has a USB wire going to the computer case), mouse (also a USB wire), etc. if they move the computer around frequently.
This can be solved by easily removing a motherboard from a PC case and replacing it with another one, though you might need an adapter for some cases.