ASUS Motherboard compatibility

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  1. Posts : 2
    Win 7 Pro

    ASUS Motherboard compatibility

    My Asus MB (M4A89GTD PRO/USB3) is about 5 years old. I have successfully upgraded from Win 7 Pro to Win 10. However, running on Win 10 my PC frequently locks up and has to be re-booted. As a result I down-graded to Win 7 and now all is ok. ASUS does not include this board in the list of Win 10 compatible boards but they state that it might achieve compatibility in the future.
    I would like to avoid purchasing a new board and removing/replacing my existing board. If there is no way to make my existing board work with Win 10 could you suggest a good replacement AMD board - I am not a gamer.
    Any one got a good suggestion.
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  2. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    Next time you upgrade to Windows 10, try also updating the chipset and graphics drivers directly from AMD. This should fix the freezing problems.
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  3. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 11 X64 Pro 21H2 22000.100

    You motherboard uses an 890GX chipset. I don't know whether good drivers are available for that, either from AMD or through Windows Update. It's possible that no good drivers have been made, although the board isn't all that old (2010).

    If you're up for an experiment, you could clean install Win 10. That way is least likely to end up with a corrupt installation.

    It uses Socket AM3. A quick look at Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - doesn't show a lot of choices in replacement boards, if you're looking to keep the CPU and RAM.
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  4. Posts : 2
    Win 7 Pro
    Thread Starter

    spapakons said:
    Next time you upgrade to Windows 10, try also updating the chipset and graphics drivers directly from AMD. This should fix the freezing problems.
    Thanks very much!
    I'll check on availability of the various drivers. Worst case scenario looks like I'll have to build a new box.
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  5. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)

    javabiker said:
    Thanks very much!I'll check on availability of the various drivers. Worst case scenario looks like I'll have to build a new box.
    My experience as a computer technician says you won't need a new computer. Just update all drivers to either Windows 10 or 8 or 7. It is usually preferable to install drivers directly from manufacturer (eg AMD) than Microsoft drivers. Microsoft drivers have basic functionality and do not take full advantage of the device's capabilities. So they are reserved as a last resort. I would rather install an older Windows 7 OEM driver than let Windows Update install a "new" Microsoft driver which almost certainly will be limited.
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  6. CountMike's Avatar
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    W10+Developer Insider + Linux

    I have same chipseet in my MB although it's by Gigabyte, Windows identified it alright and works fine. Drivers for main parts of it come with AMD drivers for their GPUs. Using 15.10 beta drivers right now.
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  7. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Asus M4N68T-M V2 and an M2N68-AM SE2 here both running Windows 10 with no issues that I know of. Both are old motherboards. NVIDIA nForce 630a / GeForce 7025. Stock Windows drivers. If you have done the free upgrade and activated Windows 10 you can now clean install if you want. Just click skip when prompted for a key. A clean install will often get rid of issues from an upgrade. You can get install media here, Just install the same version you got with the free upgrade.
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  8. stormy13's Avatar
    Posts : 346
    Windows 10 Pro

    Latest chipset drivers for all AMD chipsets from the 7xx series and up,


    If the latest drivers don't solve it it could very well be an incompatibility with something on the motherboard or in the bios that is the problem. If that is the case don't bother waiting for Asus to come out with a bios update, as with as old as that board is they will have dropped support for it.

    If you do decide to go for a new motherboard, look for something with the 970 chipset on it. They may be Am3+ bpards but your Phenom II and DDR3 will work just fine on one.
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    I had all kinds of problems with my Asus MB M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 system on Windows 10. Mostly the problems involved video and audio, and in particular on YouTube within different browsers. I was using the motherboard's onboard Radeon HD4290 video. Some videos would work, and some would display green screens and sound, others would display video but no sound, and it was just maddening. All of this stuff worked great on the exact same hardware under Windows 7. (I didn't move to Windows 8 on this system)

    What I found is that the motherboard's onboard video, I believe a Radeon 4250, does not really have Windows 10 compatible drivers. The process got so frustrating that I got rid of that motherboard and replaced it with an ASUS M5A99FX, and transferred my FX-8350 CPU, all my drives, RAM, network cards, etc. onto the M5A99FX, and added an ASUS Radeon R9 270 video card. The existing Windows 10 installation on my 500GB SSD handled the new hardware fine, and booted up fine. Then I installed the latest drivers for the newer ASUS video card, installed the other chipset, etc. drivers from the M5A99FX CD, and now everything works great. No more video "green screen" problems or missing audio.

    I should mention I also installed a higher wattage power supply, a 600W unit with the 8-pin CPU power plug.

    I am very happy with this upgrade and compared to all the time I spent screwing around with "hardware acceleration" settings, trying to find the right video driver, etc., now my upgraded box works awesome with Windows 10, all video plays no problem, with proper video and audio.

    I also considered the M5A97 board (LE edition might be OK, but I was looking for the non-LE) and it would probably work well also. The key is getting a video card new enough to have supported Win10 drivers. I possibly could have gotten away with just installing a supported graphics card on the 489GTD.

    FWIW, all the installs I did were clean Windows 10 installs, not upgrades of an existing Win7 installation.

    Bottom line, with this motherboard, regarding Windows 10, either:
    1) upgrade to one of the motherboards with 970 or 990FX chipset, plus a video card that is known to have updated drivers specifically supporting Windows 10. ("Tested and approved" by me for the 990FX chipset board)
    2) Disable the onboard Radeon
    HD4290 video on the M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 and install a video card with supported Windows 10 drivers. This *should* work, but I didn't test it.
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  10. Toasterman's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Vista 32

    I think I have the right thread here.
    Before I try a windows 10 install on this rig I thought I might get some advice first. I'm running an ASUS m2nsli Mobo. Athlon 64 2x CPU, 4gb memory with another 4gb available, and an EVGA Nvidia 9400 video card. I know the setup is dated. Currently running Vista 32 bit. I have the newest BIOS drivers installed as well as the newest video drivers. The AMD chipset drivers won't load as the new drivers are for 64 bit systems. A, will this system even run Win 10? B. Since I can't load 64 bit drivers for the chip set (7xxx series) is there any point in trying the upgrade? Not a gamer just a guy.
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