Linux/Computer question; can I just replace the motherboard
This via (cheap-ass cpu/board) is slowing me down. Can I just replace the board and cpu and having everything working on my harddrive when I reboot or is there something I have to do configuration wise.
I may try to get one of those dual core cpus?
Only if you keep the noisy diode. ;-P
What is slow on it? You may just need a better video card. Are you trying to compile a bunch of source code?
Just generally unresponsive compared to what I am use to. Applications take half a minute to launch. I get a delay on every keystroke. I dont know if it is cpu (2Mhz)/64MB generic 3D graphics card or what.
If you didn't compile a custom kernel, you probably shouldn't have too many problems with a new motherboard, because ALL drivers are pretty much compiled into the vanilla kernels most distributions ship with. Just remember, especially your cheap motherboard is likely to have a bunch of crap like sound, video, network built in that you'd be switching out as well, so don't expect everything to work when you reboot.
And if your slow drives are responsible, switching the mobo and keeping the drives probably won't help. Personally, I'd start with checking the RAM and adding more.
Yeah, what do you have, a Dell Celeron circa 2002? hehe. Back then the on-board cache on a Celeron was a lot less.
Good suggestions, though, the drive, the RAM, spyware, etc.