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New MOBO Problems.

By Reesev ·
Guys i have a problem and im pretty sure it involves a driver but im not sure how to get around it. I just installed a new mobo so i could upgrade my processor. After doing so my windows xp will only boot in safe mode? if i choose to boot it normal when the windows xp logo shows it will reboot everytime.

Any suggestions to get around this issue? i tried to install the drivers in safemode and i keep getting a error about the installer.

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by wescrock In reply to New MOBO Problems.


I know that many times, XP wont load if you change out hardware such as a motherboard and processor... or so I have heard. I think you are best off just reformating and reinstalling windows... that would certainly fix the issue... other than that... im not sure...

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by Reesev In reply to New MOBO Problems.

I am trying to upgrade via xp disk i read in another psot that it fixed sumone elses prob. Thanks for the input but i really dont wanna reformat if i can get around it lol.

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by pierrejamme In reply to New MOBO Problems.

Try Fred Langa's "XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total Rebuild Option". you can find it in Information Week.
While you are there sign up for his newsletter, chock full of help and info no one should be without. Langa fan for many years.

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by XT John In reply to New MOBO Problems.

Definitely soounds like a driver issue. When you're attempting to boot it normally, a driver is being accessed that is crashing XP. XP will reboot the machine, rather than show the BSOD. Have you checked the Event Viewer when you're in safe mode? This may help located a trouble spot. Also, when in safe mode, right click on my Computer, select properties, select advanced and click on the Startup and Recovery settings. See if the Automatically restart box is checked under the System failure group. If it is, uncheck it, reboot and try to run XP normally. This time you should get a BSOD, which can help locate the problem.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to New MOBO Problems.

It will be one of the M'Board drivers that is at fault most likely the Video or USB. if you don't want to wipe and reinstall you can do an inplace reinstall by following the directions here

But if you have a restore CD for XP from one of the big makers it will not work as they only slipstream the drivers for the hardware that comes with the system and do not have drivers for other hardware. However if you have an OEM or Retail version of XP it will work though technically you should be buying a new OEM Copy of both Windows and Office you are using both as you are violating the EULA by changing the hardware.


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Depending where in the world you are you might get away with it if you insist that you are performing a Repair after an electrical failure and don't mention anything about an Upgrade.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

You could also go into the Computer Management and remove all the drivers except Video and reboot the system. I don't know if this will work as it's something that I've never tried but in theory it should.

What will happen is on the reboot Windows will run the Found New Hardware Wizard and install the correct drivers but you may need the M'Board and Video CD's and you'll be asked to reactivate Windows again.

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