Hello, I have an emachine T2085 and the motherboard went bad. It has Windows XP Home. The board is an ECS LV7MM2 motherboard which is no longer manufactured. So, I bought a Biostar M7VIG4 to replace it. I had read somewhere that if you have the same chipset, it may fool the Windows xp into thinking it had the same board and I would not have to Activate it. Well, it didn't work for me. The system boots up to the Log in of profiles, but as soon as I log in I get the Activate screen. I have talked to Microsoft, eMachine, Gateway and they cannot assist me without the same motherboard.
The information on the drive is kind of important and I would like to save it. So I put the hard drive in my system that has Windows XP Pro as the master drive and made the emachine windows xp home as the slave drive. The bios recognizes the drive, it shows in the device manager, but when I click on the properties, the file system shows RAW and I cannot see any data on the drive.
I checked the slave jumper settings and they looked fine. The drive boots fine in the emachine, so I don't think it has a problem. I am not familiar with the RAW file error and was hoping someone can help me so I can retrieve my information. Then I am going to install a new copy of Windows xp home on the drive and put it back into the emachine.
Thank you for any help you can give !