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New Computer Build with some old parts

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#1 gr8blumpkin


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Posted 26 December 2010 - 08:42 PM

I put together a new computer for my son this Christmas with all new components excluding the hard drive and optical drive (dvd rw dl), both of which are IDE. Everything powers up and is recognized during bios recognition but I get a bsod when trying to launch from the HD and the optical will not start/read. The current HD has windows xp, which i don't have the disc for, but i have windows 7 which i want to install on this HD. If I could include the bsod info i would but it flashes so quickly on the screen then goes straight to reboot. I have tried many different configurations via the bios as well as reconfiguring the dip switches for master and slave for the HD and optical, they are both connected via a single IDE connector since the motherboard i have only has one IDE connector. My motherboard is a Biostar TA870+ with and AMD phenom II x2 processor, 2gb of DDR3, and nVidia 430 gpu. I realize i should probably just junk the IDE and go straight for some SATA components but wanted to keep price down and figured i could just use the components to help with that. Any advice would be helpful.

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 01:54 AM

If you took that hdd out of another computer where it was loaded with XP this could be your first problem.

When you take a hdd with a Windows OS installed on it that you have been using on one computer and then install it as a master in another computer you are asking for major problems. The excerpt below is from a Intel article which describes in detail what happens. The article also mentions a reference to an article by Microsoft, it can be seen here .

"Moving a hard drive with Windows* 2000 or Windows XP* already installed to a new motherboard without reinstalling the operating system is not recommended.

If a hard drive is moved to a new computer, the registry entries and drivers for the mass storage controller hardware on the new motherboard are not installed in Windows for the new computer you may not be able to start Windows. This is documented in Microsoft's knowledge base article. This is true even if you move the hard drive to a motherboard with the same chipset, as different hardware revisions can cause this issue as well.

Additionally, moving a hard drive to a new motherboard may not exhibit any errors until you install new IDE drivers. This is because each chipset uses a different Plug-n-Play (PNP) ID to identify it. If you move your motherboard, your registry will have multiple PNP IDs (for the old hardware as well as the new hardware). If there are multiple entries in the registry, Windows cannot determine which hardware to initialize and therefore fails with a STOP error."

How do you have the hdd and DVD configured, Master and Slave respectively?

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 07:37 AM

What happens when you boot from the WIN7 disk? Set boot order for CD/DVD first and go from there.

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