Mobo Choice to replace FIC AU31

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It's been a while since I've put together a machine (3 years) and there
are a whole lot of new things that I'm unfamiliar with. Not the lest of
which is the variety of CPU's FSB's and sockets.

I'm hoping someone here can help me out. A friend has an eMachines box
that came with the FIC AU31/1.3 462P mobo. It died and needs to be

I recommemded that he replace it with the same board and avoid too much
work and cost. However,  eMachines wants $159 for a replacement board.
The aftermarket used to sell them for $45 but they are no longer available.

Any recommendations for a cheap but reliable compatible replacement. Top
of the line is not necessary. We want to reuse all the other parts.

The original machine came with:

# AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+ Processor (2.083 GHz) with QuantiSpeed™ architecture
# Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
# NVIDIA® nForce™2
# 512 MB DDR (PC 2700)
# 120 GB HDD 1
# 48x Max. CD-RW Drive; 16x Max. DVD Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD; 8-in-1
Media Reader(USB 2.0, Secure Digital (SD), Smart Media, Compact Flash,
Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Micro Drive, Multimedia Card)
# NVIDIA® GeForce4™ MX graphics (1 AGP 8x slot available)
# nForce™ 6-channel Audio
# 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
# 56K ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem
# Premium Plus Multimedia Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Amplified
Stereo Speakers
# 5 USB 2.0 ports (4 in back; 1 in Media Reader), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel,
2 PS/2, Audio-In & Out

Re: Mobo Choice to replace FIC AU31

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You can go here, and select Nforce2 IGP + MCP-T, if you want
exactly the same chipset.

A search on Newegg shows there are still a few Nforce2 motherboards,
but the chipset might not be exactly the same as what you've

I take it you are not too worried about the linkage between the
recovery CD and the motherboard BIOS ?

Good luck,

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