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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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Well...

by VAR1016 In reply to Ok

AFter about the fifth install of XP-Pro, which ws still playing up (Device manager hung, multimedia keyboard didn't work, and most irritating, the stupid number lock had to be pressed) I have given up and reinstalled XP Home which works fine!

Thanks for all your help OH & TB.

Paul

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Well the Multimedia Keyboard may not work

by OH Smeg In reply to Well...

If you haven't yet installed the drivers for it. Is this a M$ Install Disc or a Rescue Disc from something?

It really sounds like a Rescue Disc and not a M$ Install Disc. The Rescue Disc's do not have all of Windows on them and are limited to the Original Hardware. If you try to use these on a system that they where not made for they will do things like this as not only do they not have the correct drivers they actually install the wrong ones.

But if you like you can try a In Place/Upgrade install but only if you have a M$ Branded Install Disc the Slipstreamed Recovery Disc's do not support this option.

http://tinyurl.com/g4bv8

Col

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Hallelujah - I'm a Bum!

by VAR1016 In reply to Well the Multimedia Keybo ...

Hello. Yes I am a cheapskate; I bought this XP Pro cheap on ebay. It is new and unused with Licence etc., but is as you suggest a two-disc HP reinstallation package. Now the funny thing is that the keyboard (for which of course I had to install drivers) worked fine in the first three installs as indeed did that stupid number lock (why is that even there??) Before each reinstall of course I formatted the drive. Anyway I have reinstalled my XP Home version, another cheap OEM deal that works perfectly. After I have rebuilt the second computer (which is, I am sorry to say the original reason for this thread)I shall try again with the Pro version. Incidentally I did install extra memory yesterday and it works fine; I now have over 3GB and installed XP Pro in fifteen minutes start to finish, which was some compensation after reading that "the installation will finish in 39 minutes"!

Again, thanks very much for your support.

Paul

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Are you

by Jacky Howe In reply to Hallelujah - I'm a Bum!

talking about the F Lock key Paul. If you are here is a bit of information for you to look at.

http://jtsang.mvps.org/flock.html

Glad to hear that you are finally up and running.

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"F Lock"

by VAR1016 In reply to Are you

Hello again.

Thanks for the link.

I have never heard of the F Lock key. As you know, there are three lamps on the right of the keyboard: "Num lock", "Caps lock" and Scroll Lock". Only the second category is any use to me; why we have number lock I have never understood - and I became rather annoyed having to switch the stupid thing on in my last XP-Pro installation. Scroll lock is another mystery!
By the way, searched for Boot.ini and Autoexec.bat in XP-Home and they aren't there either! Funny because I do remember having seen them somewhere in the past.

Best wishes,

Paul

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A bit more on this

by VAR1016 In reply to Well the Multimedia Keybo ...

The CDs I have do offer the repair option and as I wrote earlier, they are branded HP and dated 2006.

For the keyboard I have HP's driver saved on another drive (like lots of other stuff: thank God for partitioning!) and the keyboard worked fine in the other installations!

Best wishes,
Paul

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Had to move

by Jacky Howe In reply to A bit more on this

Num lock is a toggle key that is used to switch the pad between number entry and arrow keys. Some BIOS features allow control to be turned on or off.

In Explorer select Tools, Folder Options View and Untick Hide protected operating system files. Then you will see Boot.ini.

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Boot.ini again!

by VAR1016 In reply to Had to move

Yes - found it - complete with that command! And all the other suspects are there too!

Thanks
Paul

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No Problems :) <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to Had to move
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Well Maybe the repair Option is a HP

by OH Smeg In reply to A bit more on this

Way of doing the install that works with a Format and destroys everything on the Partition that it is being installed to. This is a quite common thing or it may be the Windows Repair Option which is very unlikely.

As for the Keyboard maybe the drivers for it or at least something very close are on the Disc's that you got and on the last install something went wrong with the install. It does happen and while not common I have had to restart from scratch occasionally.

Anyway Beast Of Luck with this Paul.

Col

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