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bamoore
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slimline motherboard replacement

I have the slimline s5350z with the phenomII x4 processor and the motherboard needs to be replaced. The original is the infamous

Pegatron M2N78-LA Violet6-GL8E.

 These boards have an extremely high failure rate so buying another at $300 is just stupid. There are other inexpensive boards out there that will work well but I am concerned about them fitting in the slimline case. Has anyone done a motherboard replacement in a slimline without any fitting issues? Was the original mobo manufactured for HP with a low profile so it would fit in the small case. Am I better off just scavenging the slimline for components and building them into a normal sized desktop shell?  My son used it for school and really liked the small case but if it has to go it will. If anyone has actually performed the mobo replacement your response is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

 

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lasvegaswireman
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Re: slimline motherboard replacement

The Pegatron M2N78-LA Violet6-GL8E motherboard is manufactured specifically for HP, however it is not built with a low profile or any other major change. Infact, the Pegatron M2N78-LA Violet6-GL8E motherboard is used in many of HP's full-sized desktops as well. Here are the specs for the M2N78-LA (Violet6) motherboard. It is, for the most part, a standard sized micro-ATX motherboard. You may have issues with the rear I/O plate and the mounting screw pattern. You will have issues with HP OEM Windows install on the hard drive and your HP Recovery discset will no longer function.

 

Frank


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Re: slimline motherboard replacement

Thanks Frank. I have a new windows7 disk so that is not an issue and a new mobo should come with a backplate that i'll make fit. From the research I have done it looks like the usual mobo that people used as a replacement is no longer available so I am thinking of going with this one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657

It is the exact same size and the mounting holes look the same and it is also made by Asus so there may be enough consistency for a fairly smooth fit. I think it supports all the components I have now but unfortunately it does not have usb3.0.  I was hoping for an upgrade but may have to settle. any thoughts on the new mobo?

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Re: slimline motherboard replacement

ASUS is usually a solid motherboard maker. Everything thing should transfer over without issue.

 

Good luck,

Frank


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