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You are absolutely right - chances are very good the new mobo won't let the system boot because too many basic drivers are wrong for the new board.
You can do this in a straight-forward way, but you need an XP installation disc and its registration code. This is how it works: You will do a "repair install" of the OS. After installing the new mobo you leave the XP disc in the master optical drive and let the system boot from that. It will load a bunch of drivers for a minute or 2 and then show the nonsense leagalese screen requiring you to press F8 to continue - do so. It will present you with 3 options for installing XP, one of which will be to press 'R' to perform a repair install. This is what you want. This makes XP look at all the hardware devices present and selects the proper basic drivers for those hardware components.
After 2 reboots XP will start up normally. When you log in you will need to install the motherboard drivers that came with the new board. You may have to install SP2, too (but I don't think so). Windows will nag you to reregister XP again, but this is no big deal once your LAN interface has its driver loaded.
The beauty of the repair install process is that it leaves all your files and programs intact. so you can just continue where you left off with the old motherboard. The process is really pretty easy but most people don't even know about it.
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