Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:28 PM
I(f the drive won't read CD's it's bad.
If it appears to spin up but doesn't work more then likely the read lens has failed.
Sometimes you can pull a HD with XP on it , hook it to a different motherboard, & iXP start right up.
[That's called "Getting lucky" ]
If the HD with XP is hooked to a working unit go to the Device Manager & uninstall the Display Adapters [unless you have a video card & are reusing it also], the sound devices, & the Network adapters.
Don't let the unit restart.
When all are uninstalled turn the unit off & remove the HD.
You'll have a much better chance of XP starting on the new motherboard.
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