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#1 JPHarvey

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 06:10 PM

Howdy all,

I am looking at upgrading my CPU and MB to Core 2 Duo, and upgrading my GPU to a GX2 or possibly X1950XT simultaneously.

If I put it together, connect my peripherals and components (including my HDD), will it boot to a point where I am able to load both motherboard and GPU drivers? (ie. to carry on without a fresh install of windows?)

The main reason is that if I do another complete reinstall, I think my missus will stab me to death! lol.

Let me know what you guys think... :thumbsup:
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
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[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
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Posted 18 October 2006 - 06:30 PM

It should be fine. Any chipset drivers shouldn't be necessary for a successful boot. Nothing would be stored on the hard drive in that manner, so drivers don't mean much there. Only issue would be drivers for your ethernet, audio, etc. Anything that's integrated. However, you can boot to Windows without those, and install them from an included disk.

If Windows has a driver for the GPU, it'll install it on boot. If not, the GPU will run on a standard VGA driver until one is installed. Either way, no problem.

Main thing to watch out for is that all your current hardware is compatible. RAM, particularly. If you get a motherboard that uses DDR2 RAM, standard DDR won't work. If you're using an IDE hard drive, make sure to get one with enough IDE channels for anything related to that. If you use an SATA hard drive, make sure the motherboard has SATA ports, though that's pretty standard.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 07:19 PM

Cheers! I've already got DDR2-533, and SATAII, so there should be no dramas. Fortunately I still have the drivers CD for my sound card.

So where do the chipset drivers get stored if not on the HDD? I thought that's where they went....

Edited by JPHarvey, 18 October 2006 - 07:20 PM.

[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[LCD]SAMSUNG 226BW
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:24 PM

If you're thinking of just moving the hard drive with XP to the new system - be very, very careful!!! Likely it will BSOD on you as soon as you boot it up.

Here's a couple of things to minimize the problems:
1) Use similar hardware whenever possible.
2) Remove all hardware that will change in Device Manager and then shut down (do not reboot). Put the drive in the new system and pray that it recognizes all the new stuff and installs it correctly.
3) Alternatively, you can just boot straight into a repair install of XP ( http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm )

Here's a good article about moving XP: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
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Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:09 PM

Thanx John, I'll take the time to have a look...

Justin ;)
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[LCD]SAMSUNG 226BW
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Posted 20 October 2006 - 10:54 AM

FWIW - my experience with this is limited to using similar hardware (I'm old and set in my ways! :thumbsup:

I've done all the different ways that I described - and the worst case is that I've had to run a repair install to ensure that it was fixed.
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