I performed a clean wipe of my hard disk drive in an effort to upgrade my PC from Windows 2000 to Windows XP. I am using a PC400 Motherboard, M930 Series, featuring Pentium-4 processor, 1.7 Ghz clock speed, ans 384 Mb's RAM. The PC worked fine using Windows 2000. However, after I installed Windows XP, all hardware features appears to work fine EXCEPT the onboard ethernet adapter, the PCI modem, and the wireless NIC card. I presume the difficulty may be due to driver files or BIOS setting associated with the motherboard installation CD coming in conflict with the Windows XP. Any suggestions? Please help!
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Re: PC400 Motherboard, M930 Series
Most device drivers are very OS specific. Though some drivers for Win2K will work with WinXP, it is preferable to use designated Win XP drivers, while still others will really require XP compliance/compatibility.
Most drivers of your motherboard M930 are available from the PC Chips website (http://www.pcchips.com.tw/). Enter M930 in the Keyword Search Box (top right), select downloads and click on Submit.
As for your Ethernet and WiFi NIC adapters, you need to get them from the manufacturer's site or from the chipset maker's site.
Hope this be of some help/idea. post back how things turns up or should you need additional information. Pls include also brand/model of your Ethernet card and your WiFi NIC adapter.
Good luck and kind regards.
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Are you using a full version retail or OEM copy of WIN XP to install? Or is it a recovery copy from another PC or laptop? You will need to use a full version disc to perform the retrofit. You will also need to download the WIN XP Drivers for your laptop from the Dell Site. You CANNOT "upgrade" install WIN XP over VISTA and keep your drivers, settings, files. Performing a WIN XP install will require a total wipe of your hard drive. Therefore you will have to save off all your personal files before you do this. Microsoft doesn't provide assistance for downgrade-type installations, so you must basically wipe your hard drive and then reload the OS.
Method 1: Perform a clean install of Windows XPA clean installation consists of removing all data from your hard disk by repartitioning and reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling the operating system and programs to an empty (clean) hard disk. For more information about important things to consider before you partition and format you hard disk and how to partition and format your hard disk by using the Windows XP Setup program, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
313348 How to partition and format a hard disk by using Windows XP Setup programTo perform a clean installation of Windows XP, follow these steps:
Back up all important information before you perform a clean installation of Windows XP. Save the backup to an external location, such as a CD or external hard disk.
Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
Note To boot from your Windows XP CD, the BIOS settings on your computer must be configured to do this.
When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.
If you have successfully installed Windows XP, you are finished.
Why are wanting to clone your hard drive to another on when all you need to do is install Windows 7 directly onto the new hard drive? Are you wanting to save all your settings and data before you install Win 7 over the top of XP?
First off, there is a big difference between windows 2000 and xp.
She needs her windows 2000 install disks and to re-install windows. Then she needs to install her service packs onto it. Either that or upgrade to windows xp. Id suggest she upgrade if she has decent hardware(memory, cpu and hard drive space)
There is no shortcut or work around unless you want to start using pirated stuff, which is probably not a good idea since most of that stuff is just an avenue for viruses and backdoor programs.
You can upgrade you memory to 2 x 512MB DDR PC2700 333MHz, and install pretty much any size 2.5" IDE hard drive you wish. Installing Vista will make this machine very very slow. Windows 7 would be better as it uses less resources. Ideally XP Pro would be better suited based on this boards specifications.
Here could be five various steps you can go about.
Method 1: Perform a clean install of Windows XP Use
this method for a clean installation of Windows XP. A clean
installation removes all data from your hard disk by repartitioning and
reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling the operating system and
programs to an empty (clean) hard disk.
Method 2: Upgrade to Windows XP Use this method
if you are upgrading to Windows XP from Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft
Windows Millennium Edition, or Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional.
Method 3: Install Windows XP to a new hard disk Use
this method to install Windows XP to a new hard disk. This is typically
done when a new hard disk is installed on your computer.
Method 4: Install Windows XP to a new folder (parallel installation) Use
this method to install Windows XP to a new folder (parallel
installation) to either run two operating systems, or to access,
repair, or retrieve data from a damaged disk.
Method 5: Perform a multiple boot operation Use
this method to install Windows XP as a separate operating system on
your computer. This lets you install more than one operating system on
your computer and select which operating system that you want to use
every time that you start your computer.
To check the detailed information, check this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article.
If you installed XP over 2000, you don't need to uninstall 2000, but If you installed it parallel to 2000, and you have an option to run 2000, and XP when the computer boots, you cannot uninstall 2000 without wiping the Hard Drive and reinstalling from scratch.
If the version of XP that you installed is an upgrade, you will likely have to wipe the hard drive, then install 2000, then run the upgrade install of XP after, but choose to overwrite the 2000 install.
Some MOBO support different type of memory modules like ddr 400, 333,533 and other, if your computer is working fine with that PC400 it only means that your MOBO is compatible with it. Since you're planning to upgrade the memory just get another PC400 because the memory should be the same to work fine.
OK YOU NEED A DISK WIPE/ HARD DRIVE WIPE THERE ARE A TONE OF THEM ON EBAY FOR GOOD PRICES BUT MAKESHURE THAT YOU GET THE ONES ON DISK NOT A DOWNLOAD OR USE THE INSTAL DISK FROM THE WIN VISTA AND FOLOW THE STEPS AS BOOT FROM THE DISK AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS UNTILL YOU GET TO THE PARTITION SPOT, THERE YOU JUST NEED TO DEL THE PARTITION AND THEN CLOSE THE INSTAL, EJECT THE DISK , REBOOT , AND BOOT FROM YOUR WIN XP DISK AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THERE ON
SEE WINDOWS WONT LET YOU INSTALL A PREVIOUS VERSION OF ITS SELF BUT I WOULD USE A WIPE DISK SO YOU DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY "BLADING" OF DATA