My old comp's motherboard died, so i got a new comp that didn't have a hd from my friend. I installed the hd from my old comp in the new one but it won't boot the OS nor does it give me an error msg to let me know what's wrong.
My old comp was an hp 545x and my new one is a Dell Dimension 4600.
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Re: Trying to boot from a hd from my old comp
MS Windows XP when installed to an HD will "marry" itself to the hardware of the original computer specifically the motherboard. Transplanting the HD to another PC with a different motherboard will result in a cycling blue screen of death or protective message requiring that you reboot. Running in Safe Mode will not also be allowed.
You need to re-install your OS (boot from CD) but choose the 2nd repair option rather than a new/clean install or the first repair option if you want to preserve your other applications as well as your settings/configuration. Doing this will allow the OS to install the new device drivers and delete the old ones.
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Well this usually happens! Its weird but I have no more theory, with a new Power Supply will not work, believe or not sometimes old computers [or in this case motherboard] will not even boot the BIOS with a different power supply than the one that the motherboard has always used, sounds weird but if you try it, you will see that will boot like if nothing happened before... give it a try and tell me how it goes... Best regards and LUCK!!! Luis
if im correct, you havent installed a floppy drive yet...
while the comp is booting press esc (on some comps its F10 it should say on the screen) and access the boot sequence..in there there is a list of boot items...they always list floppy drive as the first boot drive in case you need to recover your comp...remove floppy drive from your boot list making sure that your hardrive (C) is first drive to boot.
After you get your comp set up, you may want to change that sequence in case you ever have problems with your HDD
What may be happening is that files are corrupt as a result of a HD failure. This is not that uncommon. It has happened to my computers causing strange beeps and often repeated clicking noise coming from the hard drive. HD failure can happen anytime; when booting up, while the computer is running. The only way I've found to fix this is to buy a new hard drive and reinstall the operating system and programs you typically use.
You may be able to recover files from the ailing drive however. After you get the new hard drive working with your newly installed operating system and all is working, you can setup the ailing drive as a slave while setting your new drive as a master. You need to power off the computer and consult the data sheets for jumper settings.
This will allow you to boot up and access your old HD as a spare. If your lucky the data files, pics, music and documents you created will be in a region of the hard drive that isn't corrupted. Be prepared however to expect some unrecoverable files. If there is physical damage to the drive mechanism like a stuck read/write head then you may be totally out of luck. I have in some instances been able to unstick the HD by giving it a sharp rap on it's edge and even opening it to push the head free. Success for such a radical procedure is rare, but when it works, you have enough time to copy files over before enough dust collects on the exposed HD.
Assuming your able to access the old HD as a secondary drive, copy all of your files over to a backup directory on the new HD. I would recommend an expternal backup HD that can be used to automatically save your files before the next failure happens.
Go to the motherboard's CMOS/BIOS setup, normally by pressing "Del" button to enter setup immediately on powerup before XP boots. Set you PC to boot from the CD ROM and not your HD. Thereafter, go through the installation procedure again. You need to format the HD again to clear all former failed installation.
If your concern has not been corrected after completion of the above procedures, pls post back info on motherboard brand and model.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
It sounds like there's underlying problems unrelated to Panther. If the computer boots from the the old HD, but then the HD didn't show under Disk Utility, this is an intermittent problem.
Try replacing the cable that goes to the HD (if there is one), it may have become damaged sufficiently that things aren't working under "heavy use" (like trying to install an OS). If there is no cable, or replacing it doesn't work, I'd suggest putting the original HD in and selling the computer as-is.
Again, if it still botos from the old HD, then it's not a problem with the HD or Panther, unless the reconditioned HD you bought was faulty (unlikely but possible). More likely is when you installed the reconditioned HD, something else changes (e.g. connection made better contact) that caused the HD to show.
This solution works on WIN98 and I don?t see a reason why it wont work on you
If there is something that you were missing you might want to check with anther expert. This solution is a little complex so I hope ill be able to explain it well enough:
1. Make a boot disk so u can format and install windows.
2. Define the new HD as MASTER and hook it up to "primary IDE"
3. Disconnect the SCSI and pull the board out.
4. Reset the comp from the boot disk u made (HD is connected)
5. Get in "bios settings" and make sure that the new HD is defined as "primary drive"
In the 1st IDE
6. Now, perform a FDisk on the new HD, define partitions, do a reset and format the HD
Install the operating system you wish to have, make sure it works well.
7. install the SCSI board and its HD make anther reset.
8. now the comp is supposed to make boot and recognize the SCSI, it is possible that you will need to define your system configurations but for that, regretfully, I cannot guide you
Although this is not necessarily have to happen.