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Laptop disk in desktop as primary


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#1 tnana

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:00 PM

Hi,

Currently using an old laptop (XP) to watch streaming video on TV (via S-Video)

Started to build a desktop (my first attempt) as replacement so that I can get HDMI output.

So far I have bought
  • 10 Bay ATX Case w/ 300 Watt PSU
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz
  • CORSAIR XMS2 4GB ( 2 X 2GB ) PC2-6400 800MHz 240-pin DDR2 CL5 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit - TWIN2X4096-6400C5
Still have to buy these
  • Motherboard (AM2 Socket, HDMI)
  • CPU Fan
  • Case Fan
The box will be placed on top shelf of open rack containing other home theater units.
I am thinking of using Logitech Mediaboard Pro after basic setup is done with wired keyboard/mouse.

I know laptop hard disk can be used in desktop with an adapter.

But can it be used as primary ? Will the BIOS recognize it ? What about the driver ?

This way I won't have to buy/install/setup the OS.

What else I need to consider ?

Also, is the thermal compound/adhesive/paste/gel or whatever absolutely necessary ?

TIA

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 05:26 PM

If you're talking about removing the hard drive that has Windows on it and putting it into a new PC, that won't work. You need to reinstall the operating system. Sometimes, running the repair options from the Windows CD will work. If you're wanting to move a disk that has only media on it (MP3's, Videos, and images) without an OS on it, that should be possible. Most PC cases come with case fans installed already, if you're planning on making this a home theater PC, you might want to get equipment that puts out a minimum of noise. Buying your own thermal compound is necessary if you're reusing an old cooler or you've purchased one that does not have it preapplied. The XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler is a quiet and highly efficient cooler, but it is large and might not fit into some midtower cases. The thermal compound found already applied to some coolers is sometimes not that good, you might want to purchase some Arctic Silver and apply it yourself. SilentPCReview can provide you with information on quiet components.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:06 AM

This way I won't have to buy/install/setup the OS.


This should explain the problems you'll run into:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
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#4 tnana

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 08:12 PM

Thanks to both of you.

I'm going to attempt installing Ubuntu before buying any Windows.

Currently trying to install Ubuntu on another desktop with Vista (dual boot)

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:56 PM

I tried Ubuntu, didn't like it. It was too "Mac like" for my tastes. I do, however, enjoy the KDE version of Ubuntu called Kubuntu.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:06 PM

Kubuntu is awsome when it comes to graphics (8.10)
And best of all it installed in partition.

Ubuntu gave me hard time. Always produced I/O error when installing even after checking CD.

Kubuntu installed in same partition.

So far I have only tried Ubuntu as Wubi.

Since I could not get mono moonlight to work in FireFox (which I need for one of the streaming sites), I must have only Ubuntu on the new machine.

As I type this, I'm trying again installing Ubuntu over Vista using DVD instead of CD. (Edit: And it worked)

Edited by tnana, 04 January 2009 - 09:33 PM.





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