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Msi motherboard p4m900m2

I just install a new mother board and cpu. I am using my old hard drive with xp operating system and now it would not boot up. It comes as far as the safe mode with the other modes and when you try one it starts and come back to the same place. Please help me solve this problem

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  • shaystudd Dec 24, 2007

    how do you do a clean install without lossing any data

  • shaystudd Dec 26, 2007

    Yes I really understand your solution. You have been very helpful.Thanks to you I am up and running again. Shay.



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Are you using the exact Motherboard that you replaced? If not you will need to do a clean install of XP to make this work. it is trying to load from the old motherboard. a clean install will sove this problem

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    If you need to backup your data take the harddrive to another computer, the easiest way to is to put the harrdive on it's on cable (remove from the CDROM drive and attach your harddrive to it) this way you won't need to change the master setting on the harddrive. boot the computer up and you should see the C: drive and also an D: or maybe E: drive. I normal create a Backup folder on the desk top, then open the D: or E: drive which will be your harddrive. go to D:/Documents and Settings\YOUR PROFILE... when you open what every your profile is you will see MyDocuments, Desktop, and Favorites. I usually copy these 3 folders at least to the desktop folder you created. you may have items in another location to save also let me know if you need any more help with that. after you do the clean install you can slave the hardrive back to the other harddrive or if you have a jumpdrive or CD burner you can copy the data to that. I would recommend keeping a copy of these files all the time anyway just incase your harddrive fails later down the road. Good luck


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After fixing a new mother board u must reinstall your operating system. the driver settings change for each mother board

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  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 24, 2007

    the old hard drive with XP in it will have the operating system settings for the old mother board.
    so once you reinstall your operating system the settings for XP will set according to your new mother board. hope you know how to install your operating system,

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 24, 2007

    ya if the new mother board is same as old one there is no need to install the operating system again. can you be more specific with the problem.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 24, 2007

    this installation can be done by formating the drive containing the operating system fully and putting the operating system again freshly. for doing this you need a operating system disk.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 24, 2007

    if you dont need informations on another partition of your hard disk you can install the operating system in that drive..
    else you wil have to connect the hard disk to another system as a slave and back up your data. then connect it to your system and install the operating system

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 24, 2007

    if you want the data to be protected only two ways are there as i said. even there are some complex ways. but you wont be able to do it easily. two easy ways was what i told in my last comment.

    1>> install the OS in partition in which you wish to loose its data.
    2>> connect it as slave in another PC and back up your data in that PC or in a CD ROm.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 24, 2007

    did you understand my solution or not?
    why no comments form you?

  • dewan nafees ahmed Dec 27, 2007

    what is happening here? i gave the solution first. the the another solution, which was same as mine given later was accpeted as best one? tis s too much guys.....atleast u could have left me a rating....



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