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New Hardware Install (MB & CPU) on old XP Machine - boot failure.

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#1 Doc_Mike


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:01 AM

Hello...I recently replaced the motherboard and CPU (ECS MB and Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz E6300 processor) on my old homebrew XP machine (which was a 1.7 GHz Celeron, 32-bit platform) and now Windows XP will not boot, and I get the famous:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully...etc..."

And this is followed with cycling reboots - I can't even boot into safe mode.

In an attempt to narrow down the problem, I booted from my original MB and CPU (with the same HD) and am able to boot into Windows XP in normal mode. I have thought that this has something to do with my new motherboard's ability to boot an old ATA 133 hard drive in the proper mode (I have fiddled with the settings in BIOS), or the fact that XP doesn't recognize some of the ancillary chipsets in my new MB. But with my successful boot with my old setup, I don't think my HD is the problem.

Any insight would be appreciated.


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#2 arcman


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 09:44 AM

This often happens when you replace a motherboard with a different make/model because it drastically changes the ATA hardware (what your drives plug into) and XP doesn't like having its boot hardware changed.
This can be resolved fairly easily by repairing/reinstalling the boot device drivers by performing an XP Repair Installation.
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 10:28 AM

I would just add that it would be wise uninstall all the current hardware drivers...before attempting the repair install...or they will remain in place and potentially be a source of pain.


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