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Tarting Up!

By VAR1016 ·
I am about to "tart up" my computers; the newer one gets more memory, a better graphics card and a faster processor.

This means I shall have a spare dual core processor. For the old computer (2003) I have ordered a new motherboard: Asus M2V-MX SE (http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=324&l4=0&model=1807&modelmenu=1 ) This accommodates the processor and the ram I have to hand (2GB). I also have a 40GB SATA hard drive coming. I will use the GEForce 8400GS graphics card from the other machine. Sorry about the long introduction; my question: will the Asus motherboard also recognise the old 40GB IDE hardrive that is in the old computer? I am interested in trying to run both hard drives with a view to "having a look" at Vixta.

Thank you

Paul

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No troubles

by Jacky Howe In reply to Boot.ini again

Open up a command prompt, and type:
diskpart
select disk 0
list partition

You will see something similar to this. Let me know what you see.
Partition 1 Primary
Partition 2 Extended
Partition 3 Logical

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From CMD

by VAR1016 In reply to No troubles

Partition 1 Primary 130GB 32kb
Partition 2 Extended 50GB 130GB
Partition 3 Logical 50GB 130GB
Partition 4 Primary 117GB 181GB

This is what I get: I don't understand because I have only three partitions - I know I arranged them! Anyway the 117GB one is Drive I:\

Paul

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Under the circumstances

by Jacky Howe In reply to From CMD

you may be better off starting from scratch.

Primary Partitions can be set Active so they can become Bootable.
Extended Partitions are created to house Logical Partitions.

Perform a clean install of Windows XP and delete the Primary Partition and recreate the Primary Partition on the fly.

1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4. Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP. At this stage you can select to delete the Primary Partition and recreate it. Then continue with the install.
Note: You can delete all Partitions from here.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941/en-us

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Ok

by Jacky Howe In reply to Boot.ini

open explorer and go to the root of the drive that you are in. You should see a list of files similar to this.
AUTOEXEC.BAT
boot.ini
CONFIG.SYS
DrvLtr.txt
Dskchk.cmd
IO.SYS
MSDOS.SYS
NTDETECT.COM
ntldr
pagefile.sys
remind.bat
Sched.cmd
Wait.cmd

Navigate to the other partition/drive and see if you can find similar files. That is where to look if the boot.ini does'nt exist create it and add the contents.

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Sorry about this!

by VAR1016 In reply to Ok

OK I'll hold my hand up: I do not know what the "root" of the drive is; I use the search function (including hidden files) and search the entire C:\ drive, but not one of the files you listed shows up. I must be doing something wrong!

Paul

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For someone

by Jacky Howe In reply to Sorry about this!

who thinks that they don't know you are doing OK. Root = C:\>

What was the result from my last post.

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Root

by VAR1016 In reply to For someone

Thanks: where does one type C:\>? (I did try in "My Computer"... Incidentally search does not show Boot.ini etc., in the I:\ drive either.

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As TB is currently off line

by OH Smeg In reply to Root

The C:> is a DOS Prompt and you can see this when you open the HDD with a Boot Disc not from within Windows.

The Root of any Drive is the First entry of a file not in a folder so it is copied to the Root of that Drive.

I hope that helps to clear things up for you.

Col

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Thanks again

by VAR1016 In reply to As TB is currently off li ...

Thank you; I recall DOS prompts, but haven't seen one for years!

Best

Paul

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Your Welcome

by OH Smeg In reply to As TB is currently off li ...

Post back if you have any problems.

Col

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