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Hi again the manufacturer of what would I need? The motherboard? Because the pc that I changed the harddrive is all fine but obviously I think there are issues with the xp... the PC is an Advent t9201... can you help assertain which manufacturer's website I'll need to look up? Thanks

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  • mightyreal Dec 12, 2008

    Thanks mate, but Ive been to that site already and downloaded the Realtek AC'97 audio driver for the sound card but it still can't find the hardware... I am suspecting it is the dodgy XP disc I used... to be honest it is a pirate copy... would loading a genuine xp on top erase the current xp and solve the problem?


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Here is the computer information and motherboard designators:
If you have an XP cd you can boot to that cd to repair or reinstall XP or go to the Command Prompt, type "sfc /scannow" to initiate the System File Checker program which will restore the XP system files to their original state. If you need further assistance just ak:) Steve

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    Stephen Medley Dec 13, 2008

    If the hardware is not recognized then the real key to happiness here is not xp, pirate or not, but the chipset drivers for the mobo which if you may have noticed is the tg845 (your basic Intel 845 chipset) for which you can obtain generic drivers from Intel itself. Explore that avenue and I think you will find your solution. The real issue here is that cpu, BIOS and motherboard makers are giants that provide 3rd party yahoos in boiler rooms or working out of the trunk of an old Buick that do the configuration routines then move on without support. Look on the motherboard for the biggest model alphanumerics and google that yourself for what you really have when it stands naked:) Steve Medley
    ps, thanks for the rating -these free forum solutions often never get rated which is basically all we experts in our field receive for some gratitude of our volunteer time.


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