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Old 09-21-2008, 03:52 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Default Re: Video card problem.

The thing to remember is you have a prebuild system seeing a preinstalled OS. The serial numbers seen at the time it was shipped are tied into the prepackaged OS and recovery partition. Once you swap out the original board in particular that's an automatic major hardware change for a bound copy of Windows.

Despite XP's repair install option don't forget you are not working with a full install XP disk where that was first used. You may likely see Windows reinstalled without reformatting the drive and losing everything stored while a clean install with a new board is the first thing advised.

Each repair shop depending where you go will have a different price chart depending on what is being done. A store like Circuit City may charge $125- while a mom + pop shop that does have a Sony validation may only charge $80-. You could also see the reverse where an independent will charge more. But they have to warranty their work despite your friend having some experience?
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