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Windows 7: Replacing motherboard in laptop, does it have to be exact model #?

25 Mar 2012   #1

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Replacing motherboard in laptop, does it have to be exact model #?

I have a burnt up motherboard in my laptop. My question is do I have to match the exact model to the one that is in there already inside? Or can I get one alittle cheaper? The one that is inside is around $200, and I was hoping to spend a bit less.

Me and hubby can replace and change out anything on a desktop, and even build one from scratch. But laptops aren't our thing

This one is an ASUS K52F REV 2.0. Any suggestions, or do I have to match it up with what is factory?

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25 Mar 2012   #2

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The key word here is "have". No, you don't "have" to - theoretically. As long as you plan to clean install windows then there should be no reason why the parts (display, HDD, DVD, and - assuming compatibility - RAM) will not all work in a new motherboard.

The issue is configuration. Because of the design of the laptop shell, the hard drive and RAM need to go in one particular location to be accessible, the USB ports, sound, and card reader must all align with the openings in the shell or you are into some serious modifications. For these reasons alone the idea becomes unreasonable.

But if you found a motherboard from a similar Asus laptop that has the same layout then sure. It could work.

But at some point the time you spend getting it to work will exceed the value of the $50 or so you are saving. If you are doing it for fun and adventure that is one thing. If you are doing a repair for need it could be a time sink.
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26 Mar 2012   #3

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You can upgrade any components or peripherals on your PC and keep your license intact. You can replace the motherboard with an identical model or an equivalent model from the OEM if it fails. However, if you personally replace or upgrade the motherboard, your OEM Windows license is null and void.
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