Question about Computers & Internet
Hi fyrefly, I'm guessing the hdd is connected to, SATA1 port on the MB & the hdd is also listed in the boot menu! (So it should load).
If not check it. Make sure it is. You mentioned above you have Win XP w/SP3 installed. That is very tough to imagine, unless you had the hdd installed on your old board when you updated it to SP3.
If I'm correct you need to do a fresh install of windows on the hdd. Windows can see all the old drivers & hasn't a clue what to do with them. So it sends you to safe mode. I can understand that you do not want to loose your personal data. The best way to not loose your data would be to hook up your old board with the hdd. Add a second SATA or PATA drive to the system & copy & past all your personal data to the SATA or PATA slave drive. Here is a list of what you need to back up.
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Local Settings\Identities
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\My Documents
Data from any program you may have installed.
Once the data has been copied to a slave drive you can put it back into the new Asus board. Boot to the windows CD & format the hdd & install windows. It's always recommended to do a fresh install of windows when upgrading to a newer board. There’s only one exception to this rule. That is if the MB your switching to is exactly the same as the old MB. You do not need to put the old mother board back into your case for this data retrieval. Grab a couple of books about 1" to 2" thick & lay em on a table. Take a static bag (Like the one that covered the MB & lay it over the books). Place the old MB on the static bag. Hook up your power supply, video, hdd's, keyboard, mouse & connect your monitor. Use a pen & short the power on pins coming from the MB. The system will boot. Copy & past your data to the slave drive.
(Data saved)! Re-connect your new board (still in the case). Boot to the windows CD, format & install.
Install your programs, printer & update windows. Copy & past your data back to your hdd.
Everything should workout just fine. Windows will be happy too!
I have done this more times than I can recall. Its time-consuming, I know but its worth every minute.
Good luck fyrefly!
If the suggestion doesn't fly, tell me why.
Thank you for using fixya.
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Jan 03, 2014 | ASUS MB P5KPL-CM C2D LGA775 INTELG31 ICH7...
Nov 28, 2013 | Mitac MSC-242 Motherboard
Apr 25, 2011 | EliteGroup ECS A740GM-M Value Socket...
Nov 27, 2010 | HP Compaq dc5100 PC Desktop
Aug 15, 2009 | ASUS Computers & Internet
Apr 29, 2009 | ASUS MB P5KPL-CM C2D LGA775 INTELG31 ICH7...
Mar 05, 2009 | MSI K7N2 DELTA2-FSR NVIDIA nFORCE2 ULTRA...
Jan 04, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 6000 Notebook
Dec 11, 2008 | ASUS A8N-E Motherboard
Feb 27, 2008 | EliteGroup L7VMM2 Motherboard
465 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!