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Problem after installing new motherboard Please help!

So after installing a new Motherboard (Asus z170 AR) I have run into a problem where in the device manager it has the errors It did not have previously have before I installed the MB under "Other devices" with a yellow exclamation mark it has

"Ethernet Controller"
"PCI MEMORY CONTROLLER"
PCI SIMPLE COMMUNICATIONS CONTROLLER"
"SMBUS CONTROntroller"
and a few others.

I don't have any access to internet on this computer as the ethernet controller is down and I don't have a dvd drive.

Can anybody please help me?
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  1. Explain what you mean by "installing new motherboard"?

    Did you simply remove your hardware from you old motherboard and installed them onto this new motherboard? Did you re-install Windows? If not then that is most likely your problem. Your Windows installation is still using the old drivers from your previous motherboard to attempt to manage your devices/hardware.

    Try to back up your data and important documents, and then do a clean installation of Windows on the new motherboard.
  2. I'd suggest you download the ethernet driver with your phone or any other internet-accessible device and install it on your PC
    and then continue to download the rest
  3. Did you reinstall windows? If you didn't you need to.
  4. Jasjar said:
    Did you reinstall windows? If you didn't you need to.


    No I didn't need to re download windows
  5. BottleGamer said:
    I'd suggest you download the ethernet driver with your phone or any other internet-accessible device and install it on your PC
    and then continue to download the rest


    My USB ports don't work so how would I get it onto my PC?
  6. Jester Maroc said:
    Explain what you mean by "installing new motherboard"?

    Did you simply remove your hardware from you old motherboard and installed them onto this new motherboard? Did you re-install Windows? If not then that is most likely your problem. Your Windows installation is still using the old drivers from your previous motherboard to attempt to manage your devices/hardware.

    Try to back up your data and important documents, and then do a clean installation of Windows on the new motherboard.


    New motherboard Ram and Cpu everything else is the same (Old and new motherboard are Asus) It has booted up with windows from my HDD
  7. You did do a fresh clean install of the windows operating system once you changed the motherboard in the system Brandon.

    Yes?

    If not when you change a motherboard in order for it to work right you must do a clean install of windows os.
    Because the model of chip set used to control hardware and features on the new motherboard will differ.

    When you install windows it takes note of the chip set used and sets windows up to work with the motherboard correctly.

    If you leave the old version of windows installed on the booting hard drive of the system it still contains all of the old drivers used to work with the old motherboard that was used.

    If you have another system or laptop, simply use that, use a usb flash drive and copy all of the drivers from the dvd disk to the flash drive.

    Then install the drivers by connecting the usb flash drive to the system where you have just replaced it with a new motherboard.

    As for the install of the Os download a windows 10 Iso, or use a windows 10 boot able Dvd disk if you have one.

    On the laptop use the Microsoft Iso to usb boot able tool provided on the Microsoft web site.

    To create a boot able Os usb flash drive Install image.

    And install of windows for the tower based system where you have just replaced the motherboard, using the newly created boot able windows 10 usb flash drive install for a clean install of windows on the tower based system you have.
  8. BrandonTheGPU said:
    BottleGamer said:
    I'd suggest you download the ethernet driver with your phone or any other internet-accessible device and install it on your PC
    and then continue to download the rest


    My USB ports don't work so how would I get it onto my PC?


    Your USB ports will work before you boot into Windows. So you can do a clean installation of Windows by creating a bootable USB. This is the best tool to do it: https://rufus.akeo.ie/
  9. BrandonTheGPU said:
    Jester Maroc said:
    Explain what you mean by "installing new motherboard"?

    Did you simply remove your hardware from you old motherboard and installed them onto this new motherboard? Did you re-install Windows? If not then that is most likely your problem. Your Windows installation is still using the old drivers from your previous motherboard to attempt to manage your devices/hardware.

    Try to back up your data and important documents, and then do a clean installation of Windows on the new motherboard.


    New motherboard Ram and Cpu everything else is the same (Old and new motherboard are Asus) It has booted up with windows from my HDD


    That is why it does not work. You MUST re-install windows for your PC to work correctly with the new MB. Simply swopping over the hardware and HDDs with your old Windows installation will not work.
  10. Shaun o said:
    You did do a fresh clean install of the windows operating system once you changed the motherboard in the system Brandon.

    Yes?

    If not when you change a motherboard in order for it to work right you must do a clean install of windows os.
    Because the model of chip set used to control hardware and features on the new motherboard will differ.

    When you install windows it takes note of the chip set used and sets windows up to work with the motherboard correctly.

    If you leave the old version of windows installed on the booting hard drive of the system it still contains all of the old drivers used to work with the old motherboard that was used.

    If you have another system or laptop, simply use that, use a usb flash drive and copy all of the drivers from the dvd disk to the flash drive.

    Then install the drivers by connecting the usb flash drive to the system where you have just replaced it with a new motherboard.

    As for the install of the Os download a windows 10 Iso, or use a windows 10 boot able Dvd disk if you have one.

    On the laptop use the Microsoft Iso to usb boot able tool provided on the Microsoft web site.

    To create a boot able Os usb flash drive Install image.

    And install of windows for the tower based system where you have just replaced the motherboard, using the newly created boot able windows 10 usb flash drive install for a clean install of windows on the tower based system you have.




    Can I still use the same HDD? I don't really mind if I lose anything as I was going to do a factory set soon anyway as my computer was getting very slow.
  11. Best answer
    Yes, you can still use the same HDD. I would definitely try to back-up your documents and stuff, you never know what you might lose, and 3 months later you may regret not doing a back-up.

    You can manually re-install all the individual drivers if you wish to avoid a clean re-install of Windows, but it will be tedious, and a clean install is the easiest solution.
  12. Jester Maroc said:
    Yes, you can still use the same HDD. I would definitely try to back-up your documents and stuff, you never know what you might lose, and 3 months later you may regret not doing a back-up.

    You can manually re-install all the individual drivers if you wish to avoid a clean re-install of Windows, but it will be tedious, and a clean install is the easiest solution.


    Hi Jester, when you say you can manually install drivers is it possible if you could elaborate. Sorry to put you through the trouble.
  13. Sorry for leading you on: but if your USB and ethernet is not working and you do not have a cd/dvd drive, you cannot transfer the drivers onto your PC. So unless you can somehow transfer files to your PC you will need to do a fresh install.

    You can create a boot-able Linux usb, boot into Linux, and then transfer the Ethernet drivers onto a location on your HDD. Once you have the Ethernet drivers installed you can then download the rest of your drivers from ASUS website.
  14. Jester Maroc said:
    Sorry for leading you on: but if your USB and ethernet is not working and you do not have a cd/dvd drive, you cannot transfer the drivers onto your PC. So unless you can somehow transfer files to your PC you will need to do a fresh install.

    You can create a boot-able Linux usb, boot into Linux, and then transfer the Ethernet drivers onto a location on your HDD. Once you have the Ethernet drivers installed you can then download the rest of your drivers from ASUS website.



    So pretty much just way easier to re-install way, fair enough and last question do I need to do anything to the hard drive before I boot the windows 10 bootable usb?
  15. Besides backing up your data, no. Simply create a bootable installation USB, and then boot from it.
  16. Jester Maroc said:
    Besides backing up your data, no. Simply create a bootable installation USB, and then boot from it.


    Just had a look through my PC couldn't find anything I wanted as everything is saved in clouds these days, anyway I couldn't back up even if I wanted as my usb and internet don't work haha :)

    Thanks!
  17. BrandonTheGPU said:
    Jester Maroc said:
    Besides backing up your data, no. Simply create a bootable installation USB, and then boot from it.


    Just had a look through my PC couldn't find anything I wanted as everything is saved in clouds these days, anyway I couldn't back up even if I wanted as my usb and internet don't work haha :)

    Thanks!


    Lol! That is very true! Haha, the transfer restriction is not a one-way street!
  18. Jester Maroc said:
    BrandonTheGPU said:
    Jester Maroc said:
    Besides backing up your data, no. Simply create a bootable installation USB, and then boot from it.


    Just had a look through my PC couldn't find anything I wanted as everything is saved in clouds these days, anyway I couldn't back up even if I wanted as my usb and internet don't work haha :)

    Thanks!


    Lol! That is very true! Haha, the transfer restriction is not a one-way street!


    Thanks for everything Jester I am making the bootable drive now you have truly been a help!
  19. Anytime, let us know if you experience any problems later on.
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