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Replaced soyo mobo with pc chips m848, now windows won't load

My soyo kt400 dragon ultra died, CMOS failure.

bought a pcChips m848, wired everything correctly
windows xp refuses to load, not in safe mode, not in previous configuration, not normally

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  • blackiceslip Mar 04, 2009

    i have a crappy 6 gig hard drive i can install windows to! thanks for the help!

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I just put a PC Chips mobo in my computer.  You need to reinstall Windows.  Windows is still trying to loa dthe drivers for your old motherboard and is running into brick walls.  So it will not load.  If there is data on that hard drive that you absolutely must have and can not replace, bring it to a friends house and make a backup.  Then reinstall windows, then trasfer back over the files.  I am aware of the fact that you can "restore" windows without losing the files.  However this option still has currupted filed to the point they are non-readable for me and many other users.  Other than that, buy another small hard drive, install windows to it.  After that is done, all you have to do is hook up your other hard drive as a secondary hard drive and run the both of them in your computer.

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  • Shadow1989 Mar 04, 2009

    Not a problem.  Hope you are up and running soon!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

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