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Computer with two hard drives freezes when booting using old XP drive. I have a computer with two separate hard drives. One drive has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed. The other has Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit. Both drives are connected to SATA ports on the motherboard. When I boot using the Windows 7 drive everything works well. I am also able to access the files on the Windows XP drive from Windows 7. When I boot with the Windows XP drive the computer hangs after loading the desktop and the icons. Some of the drivers are not loading because I am unable to use either the keyboard or the mouse (USB). After a minute I receive a dialog box stating that a CD-ROM drive has not passed Windows Logo Testing. I am not sure how to get the old drive to work.

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  • magian_dlc May 05, 2010

    I have already tried booting into Safe Mood with the XP drive. When the mouse cursor appears onscreen It still has the same problem - the mouse along with the keyboard are frozen and I can't do anything.

  • magian_dlc May 05, 2010

    I have tried booting onto the XP drive in Safe Mode and I still have the same problem: the mouse and keyboard do not work. Also, I have tried unplugging the power and the SATA cables from both CD drives and I still have the same problem.

  • magian_dlc May 05, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I can't find anything in the BIOS about shadowing or caching.

    I still have the old pc that the hard drive came out of. Maybe I could put it back into the old tower and delete the USB and CD Rom drivers and then put it back into the new computer?


  • magian_dlc May 05, 2010

    Help.

  • magian_dlc May 05, 2010

    I looked earlier but I was still unclear how to proceed. I believe that I need to boot from a Windows XP install CD and then use F6 to load drivers during setup. Is this correct?

    Sorry for the trouble... I think maybe I am missing where to get started or I am not seeing something.


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Hello.

I would recommend removing the drive with Windows 7 and just use the Windows XP drive. Reinstall Windows XP and be certain to have all the hardware drivers available from that system. Once that is completed, then add the other drive.

It sounds like you took a drive from your old system and installed it in the new and now you are trying to get it to work. Even if the brand is the same, many of the hardware components could be upgraded or changed and would need different hardware drivers.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 05, 2010

  • NinaE May 05, 2010

    Best way to do this, if possible, is to have another computer available and connected to the Internet. Boot with the Windows CD, install Windows and see how far you can get. If the system boots, go to Device Manager and see which items have a ? or ! next to them and determine which drivers you need. Download those drivers from the other system, connected to the Internet. It does get pretty messy if you can't find or determine which drivers you need.

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Hi,

You can enter BIOS by pressing the F2 key after the initial black screen lists your hard drive(s) and CD-ROMs and before Windows begins to load. (Note: If you are not familiar to BIOS ask to your friend to do this) It's not recommended that you change your BIOS settings unless you really know what you do.

If F2 works, look for where you might disable caching and shadowing.
(The key F2 for entering BIOS may be different for your PC)

After rebooting you may pass the blue screen then enter XP.

Right-click on My Computer, select Properties.
Go to the Advanced tab and click the Startup and Recovery button.
Uncheck "Automatically Reboot" under the System Failure
section.

Install the right CD driver if you can find for your CD/DVD Drive compatible for your MS XP operating system.

Hope this works.


If not check this web site.

Good luck.

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    Ibrahim OKTAY May 05, 2010



    Hi again,



    To set the command "DriverSigningPolicy = Ignore" in the "unattended.txt" file may help you.



    Would you please try to do that. To do that follow the instructions written in this link. I think that may help you, and solve your problem simply.



    Best



    ioktay

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 05, 2010



    Hi,

    Please do followings.



    The Windows XP Setup Manager Wizard is not installed by default. To install and use the Setup Manager Wizard:

    1. Open the Support\Tools folder on the Windows XP CD-ROM.

    2. Create a new folder on your local hard disk C which you want to install XP operating system.

    3. Copy the Deploy.cab file to your new folder (example: C:\ setmng\ )

    4. Extract the Deploy.cab file in this new folder.

    5. Find the Setupmgr.exe file. Double click on it. The Windows Setup Manager Wizard starts. Follow the instructions in the wizard to create an answer file.

    In that answer file (unattend.txt file) Set DriverSigningPolicy to ignore .

    (This entry causes unsigned installs to silently succeed and your CD drive will work).


    Then restart your computer.

    Please see the pictures below which explains the procedure at the beginning of Setup Manager.

    Hope this helps.








































    Hope this helps



    ioktay

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    Ibrahim OKTAY May 05, 2010

    Please do the same selections in the pics to create an unattend.txt file and to be able to modify the

    file. (such as the operating system selections may be as yours) You will need the XP CD key.



    In that file you need to set the Set DriverSigningPolicy to ignore (in Unattend.txt)










  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 05, 2010



    After setup completed and if you can't manage to set the DriverSigningPolicy to ignore you can do it after setup processing manually as below:



    1. Use Notepad to open the Unattend.txt file that you created.

    2. Find the DriverSigningPolicy and set to ignore

    3. If can't find there; on a new, blank line under the [Unattended] section, type the following line:

    DriverSigningPolicy=ignore

    4. On the File menu, click Save.

    5. Quit Notepad.

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This happen when driver is incompatible with windows.
Also make sure when you boot computer with old harddrive it is set as master .
You can set it with jumper it is in back side of harddrive.
Then if it is already as master then start computer in safe mode for that when you boot computer with old harddrive press F8 key then enter ion safe mode then go to device manager right click on my computer icon click on property then hardware->device manager.
Then uninstall cd rom driver and usb drivers
Then press windows key +R then you can see run type in run "chkdsk /r" then press ok then press "y" then restart computer then it fix and recover error on harddrive.
Then check.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Posted on May 05, 2010

  • If you want o repair winxp you need windows xp disk.
    Insert that windows xp disk into cd/dvd rom then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or ALT+f2 to enter in bios then go to boot menu and set first boot device as cd/dvd rom then save settings and exit.
    Then it boot with that disk.
    Then press any key to boot from disk then follow thje procedure on screen and enter ion recovewry console then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then pres enter then it fix and recovers error on hardrive.
    Then restart computer and again boot with disk this tie choose R for repair previous windows then it repair it.
    Let me know if you need further assistance.
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