NTLDR problem after changing motherboard

By mdano1282 ·
I recently replaced the motherboard in one of my systems and when i hook everything back up, I get an error that NTLDR can't open multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1).

I know for a fact that absolutely nothing happened to the hard disk during transition, so i really don't think it could be a hardware problem, can anyone maybe point me in the right direction?

I've tried resetting the BIOS, re-seating every component,changing the connectors around on the board, starting to get stumped....

-Motherboard is a socket 754 Nvidia Nforce 3-a w/ Athlon 64-bit 3700+
-Drive is a Samsung 160GB SATA disk.
-Windows XP Pro SP2
-2 GB DDR 400 RAM

Any thoughts or assitance would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Windows and Hardware Changes

by TheChas In reply to NTLDR problem after chang ...

Windows XP often will not load when you change the motherboard. This depends a lot on how different the hardware is between the 2 motherboards.

Anyhow, what you need to try, is to perform an "In Place Upgrade". Basically, you are going to install XP over itself BUT maintain your settings and user accounts.

Depending on the version of XP that is on your CD, and the service pack level your system is at, you may need a "slip-streamed" CD in order to perform the restoration.

Just search the web for "Windows XP In Place Upgrade" for detailed instructions.


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Repair not working

by mdano1282 In reply to Windows and Hardware Chan ...

Ok so i attempted a repair installation of my existing windows install, the repair goes along fine until the machine reboots itself. Once it comes back up, it gets as far as "Verifying DMI pool data" and stops. No activity, no errors, NTLDR message is gone, all i have is a blinking cursor.

I thought maybe it was the drivers for the SATA controller so i got those from manufacturer, hit F6 to install them and setup tells me that windows already has more current ones.

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