And certified to be an exact replacement, Windows should fail to boot. In fact, even if it was "the right board" any change in the BIOS settings from old to new board means Windows can fail to boot up.
We have yet to reach the days where we change out parts and it just works. Someday, just not today.
But as you suspect, all the work is mostly mechanical. It's the software element that will hamper most.
After both a lot of conversation on this forum (link below) and talking to HP Support it appears as if my motherboard is fried.
So - how hard is it to replace a motherboard? Is 1/2 the battle determining the proper motherboard to buy?
quick note - model number is HP m7248n. more stats below
I guess here are my questions:
1) How do I determine the correct motherboard to buy? Here are the specs of my current one from the HP Site:
Athlon 64 X2 (M) 4200 2.2 GHz
2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200
Motherboard Name: MS-7184
HP/Compaq motherboard name: AmethystM-GL6E
2) Is installation basically removing all the old componants, unscrewing the old motherboard, screwing in the new one and obviously reconnecting all the componants?
3) Once I do that, assuming I do it right, when I fire it up will windows boot right up? are there other things I need to do (fix bios or cmos settings? install drivers?)
My skill set is I am above a basic user, I have replaced hard drives, video cards, memory etc before- but far from an expert. If this will save tons of money either having it repaired or having to buy a new one fine with me but I also don't want to dive into a project I have little to no chance in doing correctly.
More detailed PC Specs: