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Re: Win XP M/Board Change
Check to make sure the power supply is connected securely to the motherboard and all of the peripheral devices. Sounds like a possible power issue. If you have a power supply from another computer, try swapping the two and see if the same problem occurs.
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Please note that installing an operating system on an OEM machine OTHER than what was factory-installed on it may void either phone support for the customized OS or the warranty itself.
Lenovo Machines, like most new OEM models are set, by default to run their hard drives in AHCI mode for better performance & power management. Go to the computer's system setup F1 or Del while the computer is starting up to locate the Power, Hard drive or System configuration (Lenovo computers have different System Setup formats for each model so you'll have to navigate around a bit since they may be labeled differently).
Once you find it, you have to change the setting from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility, whichever option is available (once again, each model has a different format & labeling convention). Save the changes & exit the setup & retry the installation. Should work.
OK, so I took out the added RAM, changed the internal RAM to a new 1GB stick. The machine booted, windows started, I logged on, then blue screen. I put the old internal RAM back in, changed the hard drive, same result. This test suggests that the RAM is fine as is the hard drive as the blue screen appeared with different hardware. My next step is to replace the motherboard as the appears to be the issue. I'll let you know how I get on.
If you had no problems installing the XP second time around your problem is definitely not the harddrive. Suspect that that error you got was a blue screen. You problem most probably lies with your memory modules (RAM) if you are using more than one memory module then you need to check that they work on the same frequency (probably not since you are having this problem) If you are in fact using more than one module try just using one. If you only have one then you might try another as this one could be faulty. As to NTFS it is the best suitable format for XP therefore that is not a problem. Let me know how things turn out. Thanks