Installed a new motherboard but can't run the recovery discs
I have installed a new motherboard, have the original hard drive still in it. Bascily when I start the computer up it will load windows XP then will pop up with a box that says "windows needs to be validated do you want to validate windows now?" After clicking yes the computer will restart itself and continually does this.
I have changed the BOIS to load the CDRom first and put the 1st recovery disc in but when it boots up it just becomes and orange screen and says "This disc can only be used in an acer system E:/"
I have no idea what to do, any suggestions would be great.
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Re: Installed a new motherboard but can't run the...
Well in fact there is nothing to do but buy a new version of XP. You see the version of XP built into the machine is an OEM version manufacturers use that recognises a particular Motherboard. If a new motherboard is introduced the old operating system will 'Think' this new cant have this and wont work.
You would as you are on line contact Microsoft direct And tell them the new mother board/ existing drive story and they will possibly send you a release key.
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There are no System Recovery CDs included with the computer. The recovery data required to return the computer to the original, factory-installed condition is included on a special partition of the hard drive. Follow this procedure to create the Recovery Media Kit (a set of Recovery Discs), which can be used to restore the recovery partition and return the computer to the original, factory-installed condition.
Ensure all open programs are closed.
Ensure all network connections are disconnected.
Ensure all peripheral devices are disconnected.
From within the VAIO Recovery Wizard application, in the Create Recovery Discs window, click Next.
Under Create Recovery Discs (Step 1 of 3), click to select the option to use either DVD or CD media.
Click the Next button.
At the Insert a blank... dialog box, insert the appropriate disc.
Click the OK button.
Insert a new disc when necessary as instructed.
When all the disks have been created, click the Finish button.
By replacing the Hard drive you have removed the recovery partition with the operating system on it.
Did you make a backup of the Operating system to a set of CD's or just the Data?
If it was just the data you need a new operating system through HP Tech Support. The instructions are here EmptyPortlet
No, you won't get the OS to automatically install on the new drive. The OS is not stored in the BIOS chip (or a similar permanent location inside the computer). You will need an OS install disc (not an upgrade disc). Windows Vista Home Premium or Basic was the original OS on most of the Acer Aspire 4530 series. Acer appears to have drivers for the system for XP through Windows 7 to get the hardware to work. You will need to have these most of these ready before you install your OS. Put them on a flash drive or optical disc using another computer.
This computer may work with Unix as well. However, driver issues may be a factor. You can try most versions of Unix from a CD (LiveCD) to test it out.
When you get a new hard drive, install it into the laptop. Then put the OS disk in the optical drive bay. Boot to the optical drive. Follow the directions for formatting the hard drive and installing the OS. (Of course you will need a drive that doesn't have a higher capacity than the BIOS supports.) The motherboard needs to recognize the drive.
If you find a member of a Windows User Group, they may have Windows install discs available. The license number on the label of your computer will probably work as your license key. (The key for a computer like this is locked to the CPU and motherboard; unless someone upgraded the OS to Windows 7 or downgraded to XP, this should be the key you need.) Use the information on the label to obtain the correct version of Vista (the Basic install disc may not work for installing Home Premium). You also need to match the 32-bit or 64-bit install disc (and the service pack you need).
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (An Acer recovery disc wouldn't help you. Most of those are completely locked to the original hardware (including hard drive) and look for the recovery partition that was on that hard drive.)
This is normally caused by trying to use a recovery disc on a hard drive that has been wiped of the original OS or where a new hard drive has been installed. The recovery DVD is specific to the particular laptop and will not repair an installation of windows if one does not esist. Did you change the hard drive at all?
You should try using a copy of a windows CD and use that to do a repair install, inseerting the COA number when asked
The error message can also point to a damaged hard drive, or damaged connector between the hard drive and the motherboard.
According to HP's specifications, your computer came with a 250GB SATA (serial ATA) hard drive. All drives have standard mounting dimensions, so any SATA drive would be compatible. HP has manuals here that give detailed steps on how to change the drive if you need help. It's a very simple process. Then yes, just put in your recovery disc and reload the original software. You'll then need to reinstall updates, any applications you put on, and so on.
Hope this gets you running again soon. Thanks for using Fixya!
Press F8 during system startup repeatedly and see if a menu comes. If it comes then you will find a option named Safe Mode. Select it and press enter twice.
Let me know if you can start your pc in safe mode or not
Do you still have the original recovery disc for the PC? If so, put that into the disc drive then boot the computer. It can help you either save the installed operating system or create a new one if there is a serious problem.
This could also be due to a hard disk drive failure, in which case you'd be needing to get a new hard disk. Most of the time however, just a file allocation table messes up during a power down, or some other random problem happened and just caused a simple error on the drive. I'd definitely find that recovery disc. If nothing else, you can use google to search for recovery boot disks that you can download and burn to a CD using a different computer. They can help as well.
Windows XP does have RAID drivers, but it really doesn't have anything to do with this problem. Try a bios flash with either updated bios version, if any, or the original bios. Your problem is much deeper that a hard drive or operating system. Your problem is in the motherboard, if the bios flash doesn't do it, then the motherboard may need to be replaced. Take it to a tech and have them run down the exact problem.