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Hi all,

I want to replace the motherboard on the a6110n which is the Asus M2N68-LA Narra2-GL8E. I have found M2N68-LA motherbords around the net but not Narra2-GL8E. (example: ASUS M2N68-LA Motherboard HP Ivy8-GL6 NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE skt AM2 or Narra 5 or 6 etc.). Any idea on where I can find the mobo I need or what other mobo I should get that would be compatible with the kit?

 

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-Panos

 

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Why not just go with this one, it's even from the same seller.

 

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-M2N68-LA-HP-Motherboard-GeForce-6150SE-skt-AM2-Simplified-3-462798-001-...

 

 Or a new one from Newegg.com

 

 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157274

 

 There was only one still available that would accept your old processor.

 

 The one from Newegg is running a different chipset (ATI, not NVIDIA), so you could not simply fire it up with the present drivers on your hard drive. You would have to wipe the drive and reinstall your present OS (what ever that may be) and reload the drivers.

 

 Sometimes though the OS may find the correct drivers for you, if you uninstall the old driver first before connecting up the new MoBo. It can be hit or miss with Vista

 

 Keep in mind that your machine is 7 years old, it may be time to get a new one.

 

 Have you ever worked on a computer before, you will have to clean off the old thermal compound on the processor and heat sink ? 

 

 Looked at your other post and I see you have a W7 CD. You could also totally upgrade the machine if the cabinate hardware is in good condition.

 

 MoBo, processor (Intel is better then ATI) memory, hard drive, and power supply.

 If you want to go that route I can help you with that.

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HaggisCat,

I went with your first suggestion and bought the mobo. This PC is just used for browsing and Word processing so I don't want to invest too much into it.

 

Thank you for your help!

-Panos

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I was taking a closer look at the MoBo I thought you should order and it doesn't have the IDE connection for the older type of optical drives, but this one does.

 

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-M2N68-LA-Motherboard-HP-Narra2-GL8E-AMD-GeForce-6150SE-nForce-430-Skt-A...

 

 If you're not using that connection, I would just stay with the one you ordered, because everything else is the same.

 

 Sorry for the slip up, but I think you still have to time to cancel the order if need be.

 

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 I checked your specs and it looks like that old IDE connection may not be used after all, as the DVD/CD drive listed is SATA.

 

 http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01048277

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The IDE connection is not being used so I'll just stay with the one I ordered.

 

Thanks again for all your trouble!

 

-Panos

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Hi there,

 

I have a question regarding the narra 2 & 3 boards.

I got a M2N68-LA board from an ebay seller recently. When I checked the spec for the board on HP's site I saw that the board came with and IDE connector. However, when my board arrived the layout was different (it is  sp# 462798-001 which I think is the narra 3 board and although there was no IDE connector, the pin markings are on the board. I removed a blue IDE connector from an old board and soldered this into the narra 3 but no drive is recognised. The SATA connections are working. Setup doesn't seem to have any mention of IDE so I'm guessing that an earlier BIOS version may be needed provided teh circuitry is there to support the IDE connector. Would that solve the problem and if so how does one flash the BIOS?

 

TIA.

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I think the problem is that even though the solder lugs are there for the IDE interface, the physical circuitry for the connection isn't on the board.

 You may have to get another board that has the IDE connection on it.

 

 What you may be able to do is get an adapter top go from IDE to SATA.

 

 http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Brand-New-PATA-IDE-TO-Serial-ATA-SATA-Interface-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Converter-...

 

 https://www.google.ca/search?q=ide+to+sata+adapter&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-SearchBox...

 

 This is just one example, you may have to use a SATA cable if there isn't room on the board to plug it directly into the board.

 

 Just curios, what IDE piece of hardware are you running _ maybe it's time to go to SATA ?

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Thanks for your fast response.


I was wondering whether or not the circuitry was there but it seems strange that there would be the floppy disk controller without the IDE circuitry as well.


I am running 3 IDE hdd's plus 2 dvd/cd rom drives all IDE and basically wanted to upgrade from XP tp 7 in order to avoid security issues posed by end of life support for XP. Hence reason for changing the m/board.


I think I may try to resell it as although the little SATA-IDE converters work, each one needs its own indepependant power feed so I'd have to get lots of extra splitters as well-rather messy.


Regards,


Geoff.

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I have an old hp m8000n that has a cabinet that is in excellant condition and I am looking to upgrade it to avg standards for online use.

 

I have done some work with installing hardware upgrades but not the motherboard or processors.

 

Any suggestions for replacing the Asus M2N68-LA motherboard with something that is generally compatible with the existing cabinet?

 

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http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Media-Center-m8000-Desktop-PC-series/3328509/model/3376956/do...

 

 Click on "Form Factor" in the link.

 

 Any Micro ATX MoBo should fit in there _ 9.6 X 9.6 inches.

 

 Choose what ever processor you want with your new MoBo, I've always used Intel, they've always run cooler, but AMD is OK too.

 Intel's are usually more expensive.

 You'll have to look up the specs of how much processing power you will need to suit the application you want eg, speed 4 Ghz. and how many cores.

 With a new MoBo you will need DDR3, if memory serves, haven't been building any machines for a while.

 

 Don't forget you power supply, you may need to up grade that to run your new MoBo.

 400 watts should be OK, but if you install a serious video card, them you will need at least 800 watts, depending on the card.

 

 The new processors have no pins on them theses days, the pins are on the MoBo and are very fragile.

 They are protected by a plastic cover, after you remove the cover DO NOT be tempted to touch the pins with you finger or any thing.

 The processors are clearly marked and only go in one way _ lots of Youtube videos here to help you.

 You will also need some thermal paste, you can do your own research here.

 

 Almost forgot, don't use the stock cooler that come with your processor, it's not adequate, you will need a better one _ lots to choose from.

 You also may need to buy some more case fans.

 

 Consider just getting a new computer.

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