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By tazzbee ·
I just installed a Asus A7N8X-X motherboared w/AMD XP2800. I used my hard drive from my old machine with WinXP Pro. New case w/400 watt power supply. Well the problem is it won't boot to the OS. Just keeps booting to the to the start up sreen?

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by csmith In reply to Boot up

You are going to have to boot on a floppy and load the motherboard chip set drivers.
XP can not load without the proper chip set driver installed.
This is not Win98SE, where you can, then load the drivers later.
Regards, Chris

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by TheChas In reply to Boot up

Unlike Windows 95 and 98, Windows NT, 2000, and XP do not take well to moving the hard drive to a new system.

Microsoft's recommendation is to:

Back up the old system, less the Hardware Abstraction Layer.

Install XP clean onto the new system.

Restore from your backup.

In another forum, I learned of an alternate method.

Boot from your XP CD.
Select to repair Windows.
According to the person I got this tip from, it has never failed him.

Alternately, check out this web site:

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by OTL In reply to Boot up

Probably need to make it stupid before allowing it to be smart, boot to safe mode and delete everything except HD (leave it for last before reboot) then reboot. Win will reload all drivers for the current hardware configuration. Best way was to load XP then shutdown, then on bootup in the new system which would have found the current hardware configuration and loaded the drivers for them.

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by brianmann57 In reply to Boot up

F8 @ the boot up and try a boot into safe mode. XP does not like having hardware changes and will often hang. If you can boot into safe mode, I think the CD ROM is active, load the new drivers for the board and hopefully XP will forgive you and boot up normal

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by computerstore_pv In reply to Boot up

Your Asus motherboard has an Nvidia chipset. I'm assuming that your old motherboard did not. What's happening at this time is that as Windows is trying to start, it's being told to load parts of Windows (drivers) for the components of the old motherboard. Of course, those parts are no longer there so Windows is unable to continue. If you were changing to a motherboard with the same chipset or the same family of chipset (Via, Intel, SIS etc.), you would likely be able to boot into safe mode and install all the drivers for the new motherboard. But when you are making a radical change to the computer, such as changing to a different chipset, usually Windows won't start in safe mode. Some of the time you can boot from the Windows XP CD and do a Windows repair, but most of the time you can't. Even when this Windows Repair procedure works, the computer is not usually a good one.
By far the best way to procede with this new motherboard is to save your data, (My docs, Favorites, email and address book, and anything else that you may have), then do a complete Windows installation including reformatting the hard drive. This is a somewhat lengthy process but it's the best way. The reason for changing the motherboard in the first place is to make the computer run faster and better. It's worth the time to do it right. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and you will have a computer that runs fine.

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by wlbowers In reply to Boot up

Boot to the xp disk and do an inplace upgrade.

Microsoft Knowledge Base article. Q315341

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Good Luck Lee

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