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How Smart Is Xp?

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#1 truchas48


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Posted 26 December 2007 - 12:15 PM

Problem: The graphics display on my laptop is quitting on me. About every other time I boot up, the display won't come on
and I get a 1 long beep and two short beeps error. (graphics) The laptop is a HP Pavilion running XP home.

My wife has agreed to give me her laptop which is exactly the same as mine. (not free - I have to buy her a new laptop) I think that
if I swap the hard drives, I will be back in business.

Question: Is XP smart enough to know that I have swapped hard drives and if so, what kind of problems should I expect. I am hoping this
will work, I really do not want to re-install everything and I am not ready to go to Vista.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 12:21 PM

Because of the difference is the chipset and their IDs from the old laptop and the ones that it will see with the new laptop it will not know which ones to use and may not even open. There are two articles that explain it in some detail, you can read them here and here.

One solution would be to purchase an exterior enclosure which will connect via USB, that way you can transfer your files to the other hdd and use it for back up or extra storage. I would suggest purchasing one that has its own power supply so that it doesn't draw off of the resources of your laptop.

Tiger Direct has some that you can check out, Newegg is another place that you may want to check out.

Edited by dc3, 26 December 2007 - 12:33 PM.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 12:37 PM

thanks dc3 - I believe you just saved me a major headache. On to plan B. I have an external backup so it shouldn't be too bad.


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Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:06 AM

How to move a hard drive or swap motherboards with XP already installed: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

This has worked for me in the past - but I've always used similar hardware (which, I suspect, may affect my results).
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