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Installed new Mobo bundle, now XP sp2 won't boot!!

By sanjay_singh ·
Hi,

After my computer stopped working (Power but nothing else) I decided instead of fixing it (As it was a bit dated) I would buy a new bundle (budget). I got an amd dual core bundle complete with mobo / cpu / ram.
I replaced it all, fired it up and it boots past the Bios screen. then gets to the screen where you would normally press f8. This offers the various options to start windows in safe mode etc... Which ever one I choose it starts to load (Not as far as windows screen) and then either goes back to the f8 screen or starts to load the computer from scratch?? Thing is I really need the data on the HDD so can't format, still looking for my xp discs to repair.

Any thoughts guys? ...thanks a bunch.

Sanj

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Hi sanjay, i would get another..

Hdd and put your windows on this, then when everything is working as it should you can then transfer your files back over. Always have a backup or two of your documents and files so when you do have something that goes wrong (like you are at the moment) you can rest assured that not all is lost. As for your problem, i would start over. Make sure that you only have 2gb (for the moment) to start, load on your Windows disk (XP, Vista), go through all the formalities and then update the bios (look in your motherboard manual for this or on the motherboard drivers disk). When you have done this and everything is going smoothly you can load on your apps.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Great advice....

by sanjay_singh In reply to Hi sanjay, i would get an ...

thanks so much for the advice. Can I just clarify I understand what your saying. Get a new HDD, load xp from scratch. Hopefully all goes well and then move files from the HDD that's not working over later.

As for my problem, put windows disk in and repair? (i assume this is what you mean by the formalities) then put in the motherboard driver disk once up and running.

Does that sound about right?

Thanks alot.
Sanj.

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More info....

"Get a new HDD, load xp from scratch. Hopefully all goes well and then move files from the HDD that's not working over later."
Yes that is right, but if your hdd is not working properly then you will not be able to get anything off it, unless you have some software/hardware to search the drive for your files, this will be expensive though.
As long as you have not formatted it or gone over it with the operating system then your files should be intact.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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You'll need to find your install discs ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Installed new Mobo bundle ...

A new motherboard is more or less a new computer and the existing install won't recognise the new motherboard and new processor.

Not too sure that a Repair would work in this instance either.

Go with Peconet's advice. :)

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A Repair will work

by IC-IT In reply to Installed new Mobo bundle ...

Right now it is trying to load with chipset and drive controller drivers that are not compatable with your new board.

Another hard drive would not hurt anything, but isn't needed.

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Thanks....

by sanjay_singh In reply to A Repair will work

I will try the repair first and see how it goes....and new HDD if things don't go well.

Thanks for all your help.

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