Posted 09 June 2005 - 08:50 PM
You raise a number of questions and I'll try to help with what I can:
The connector of the new motherboard will not connect to the ribbon going to the floppy drive.
That's very odd, floppy cables have been standard for decades - unless HP tried to make things awkward by putting blanking plugs in some of the connector holes to key them. Have a look in the end of the cable that should plug into the motherboard. Do you have 34 holes? If not you can buy a 'generic' floppy cable which will not be keyed.
Do I need to replace the floppy drive
I don't see how that would help if you can't connect it to the motherboard. In the meantime you can go into the BIOS and tell the system it has no Floppy drive so you don't get the error message at boot-up.
Floppy drives are becoming redundant, many systems now ship without them. If your system has USB ports consider buying a USB pen drive for backups and casual data transfer and abandon the floppy drive.
How can I get another disk to go with the activation number.
I'm not sure about this. HP's usually have their own system CDs which include the Operating system and applications combined. The activation code is most likely for that and would not work with a straight Windows CD. You should be able to get replacement CDs from HP by quoting a model number at them.
If the hard drive is undamaged and still has the operating system on it, why do you need to use the code?
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