Posted 01 May 2006 - 07:31 PM
I have an MSI dual proc mobo (694D Pro) that is probably 5-6 years old now. Recently had an HD failure (one of the IBM drives that people had trouble with). Since then I have not been able to successfully get Windows reinstalled and running consistently. I thought I had the problem licked by changing the cable, but I was half way through a Windows XP reinstall and when Windows went to reboot I got a BIOS msg of HD failure. I had hoped to baby this mobo for another year. It is, most of the time, acceptably fast for what I need. Am I missing something obvious here? Or should I start looking around for a new mobo. Anandtech had nice things to say about the Intel Pentium D 805, at New Egg for $130. Before I go shopping I want to exhaust all opportunities. I'm actually kind of attached to this setup.
BTW dealing with Microsoft after trying several installs is a real pain. First you get a msg saying you've exceeded your activations, please call MSFT. Then you have to enter a jillion numbers while they check you out, then transfer you someplace where you enter more numbers then finally transfer you to India where they politely grill you (they don't seem to care what you say as long as you say you're only installing on one computer). Finally they give you something like an 80 digit number to enter to unlock the thing. And she said I would have to go through the same thing again if I upgrade the mobo. Sheesh!
And don't tell me to use Linux. I've been trying out Knoppix from a DVD and I love it, but I'm not ready to give up on XP yet. This may be the last, however. I'm not planning to go to Vista. Hm, is GIMP as good as Photoshop?