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Motherboard Incompatibility...?

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#1 Rikinva


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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:03 PM

I am upgrading to a new motherboard, faster processor, etc. The new board is an ECS P4M890T-M2 with Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 1GB of DDR2 memory. When I transferred my hard drive over to the new machine, it would not boot up, either in Safe mode or in normal mode. I upgraded the board bios to the most recent version this morning. On a normal boot, now, the Windows XP flash screen appears for maybe 10 seconds -- then the system reboots itself. Safe mode doesn't work, either. There are probably some new drivers I need for this motherboard and for the new video adapter -- maybe even a bios upgrade. That may be my problem -- don't know for sure. But how can I install a bios upgrade, or upgrade any drivers if I can't even boot up the operating system?! Have been reading about reinstalling Win XP and slipstreaming SP2 along with it. Some say this might fix the problem. But I sure cannot afford to do a complete reinstall and lose everything I have.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Edited by Animal, 21 January 2007 - 12:32 PM.

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 12:44 PM

Take at look at this. - Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed

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Posted 21 January 2007 - 09:35 PM

I've never put a hard drive into a new system, but I've heard that you must reformat it. I would read the link Joshuacat sent.
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Posted 21 January 2007 - 10:43 PM

Just to make sure the Board and everything works first, try booting up with the system drive disconnected.
It should come up with the warning "SYSTEM DISK FAILURE.." etc or similar. You should still be able to update your BIOS if required.

For future, if you are going to upgrade your MoBo, CPU, and RAM in one hit (like I did), you really need the original Windows XP disk.
You insert the disk, and select Install Windows. Then from the options select "Upgrade (recommended)". It will do some stuff and then reboot - when it reboots, power down and replace your parts. Once you turn it back on, the installation will continue - all you need to do once it's done is all the Windows XP updates.

What it basically does is reinstall windows without touching any of the existing data - all my data satyed intact, and even all the games worked.
If you still have your old parts, it is worth a try - reinstalling all your software is a pain in the a$$!! :thumbsup:

Oh...derrr! Like in the link - that is the one I used, and it worked!
[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
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[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 02:40 AM

I learned the hard way about this one, what happens is the OS has recognized the drivers used in the original motherboard and when you install the hdd with another motherboard it will try to recognize the new drivers. Sometimes you can get away with it, but it can corrupt your OS to the point that you will have to reinstall it.

Joshuacat, I've bookmarked that link. I wish I had it last year when I changed motherboards. :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 January 2007 - 07:28 PM

Well, JC... Your advice was what I needed. The link you provided had detailed instructions on how to fix my problem -- including the creation of a slip-streamed XP installation CDROM. I was able to recover from my problem and install XP without losing my other programs and data!

But... I did a very stupid thing. On my previous system, I was running a RAID setup, so I had 2 identical hard drives -- a very good thing, actually. After I got one of them workiing and booting with XP, I installed the second hard drive -- my intention being to re-establish a RAID set on the new PC. Well... dumb ass here, I didn't reconfigure for a RAID set in the setup menu. I ran some of my programs, surfed some on the web, downloaded all the Windows updates, etc. But the PC was confused -- it didn't know which disk to boot, or where to write the data or inststall the Windows updates -- I ended up with critical data crossed between both drives. Win XP would only boot properly with BOTH hard drives in place. Apparently XP was confused, and neither drive by itself would boot properly after that!!

I have spent the day today trying to recover from this stupid mistake. I did not succeed. At the end of the day, I have no alternative but to reinstall Windows XP cleanly -- not saving any of my programs. All of my data is written to a separate partition, so it is okay. But what a lot of worki!

Edited by Rikinva, 22 January 2007 - 07:31 PM.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 09:42 AM

I think that it was Budapest that originally posted this link to Microsofts method of changing motherboards: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824125
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