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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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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You forgot to sysprep the OS before removing the old board. Put the drive back on the old board and CPU and let it boot up. now sysprep the drive THEN re-install the new board and CPU To sysprep the drive, do the following:
>There is a SYSPREP tool on the XP CD.
>You may need to extract files from the Windows XP CD, files are located at CD:\SUPPORT\TOOLS\ in a cab file called DEPLOY.CAB. The files are Sysprep.exe and Setupcl.exe.
>With the old motherboard still intact:
>You run sysprep and "RESEAL" Windows XP.
>Then you put the new board in, and it re-activates Windows XP and populates the device manager list.
>You do need to re-activate with the same key-code, and if you exhaust that number of activations, it will prompt you to call Microsoft and you get a new release key at no cost from them over the phone.
The basic problem here is that when windows goes to initialize the old hard disk controller, it loses the hard disk because the controller isn't the same. It may also be crashing as it tries to initialize other hardware, but it needs that IDE or SATA (or SCSI) controller online even to get into safe mode!!
Good luck - sysprep works about 90% of the time, but if you run into problems, it can be a real bugger to untangle!
Please try and insert the DATA cable properly from the motherboard to the hard disk as well as DVD writer,and try and interchange the power cable to this devices, or change the power pack and see if the problem continues.It might be that the power to this devices are not enough.
If this fails, then try installing a different operating system.
Since you are a experienced PC user, I will cut down to the chase as I might have a idea what your problem might be. I tried to find more into on your issue but couldn't source anthing of importance:
It might be that your last SATA port that you have connected your hard drive is different from all the remaining 5 - Meaning it is set up differently BY DEFAULT in the BIOS. FOr example it might be set up to be on a certain "RAID" setting or mode that might prevent it from being seen within Windows XP. What I am trying to get at is that maybe that last drive "mirrors" another drive by default.
Please try also to download the latest BIOS for you mainboard, and make sure all hard drives in the BIOS have the same setting on them individually. Spefically, check your RAID and AHCI settings, boot up lineup and other settings that might influence this.
Also check if your new hard drive isn't faulty, since it picks up in BIOS but not in device manager - The drive might have a plate fault or a read/write head issue. This might explain why it is visible in both the BIOS AND the device manager under "Hardware devices" but not in the "Disk Manager/Management".
As you know how to format and partition a drive, i do not need to query if the drive as been initialized, since you already have set up the other 4 hard drives without a problem.
Yes vista will format & install on the new drive. Just make sure if there is an o/s on the old drive that you set up windows vista as a dual boot if you wish to keep using the o/s on the old drive. Hope this helps.
did you go into the new bios and check to make sure you have the hard drive setting on auto, then check your boot order that the drive is first to boot., if that doesnt work create a floppy boot disk (google it) and see if you see the hard drive when you do that.
Did you go into your bios and reset with factory settings. Also did you try to boot up with the windows xp installation disk. Try that and let me know what happens. Are you sure the hard drive is ok too. let me know if you get it going if not get back here. I'll be in and out all day so when I get your message back I will get to you asap. Thanks hope that helps some. You get into your bios by pressing the delete Key or F2 key when your are starting up and your computers logo is on continue pressing until your bios screen comes on. Read your instructions and follow how to reset bios to factory settings... anymore ?s just ask