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 ( ) 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


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No you are correct the SATA Drivers will be on the M'Board CD

by OH Smeg In reply to Tarting Up!

You just have to make sure that you use the one for the OS that you are installing XP in this case. However you may find a newer one listed on the M'Boards Makers Web site. As the M'Board CD is made before the M'Board is and there may be a few months between the time the CD was made and you get the M'Board so it is possible that the Chip Set maker may have released a new SATA Driver.

Normally this doesn't matter but if you hit any problems looking for a new driver may cure whatever problems you run into.

Just provided that you don't want to know to the Sub Atomic level why something doesn't work I will not have a problem trying to answer your questions though.

It's just the people who want the Definitive Answer to why this happened beyond all doubt that drive me crazy. :0


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Pushing my Luck!

by VAR1016 In reply to No you are correct the SA ...

Hello and thanks for that. Now then... I have two new problems that make me feel very un-confident with all the mods we have been discussing - and they will almost certainly relate to the rebuild.

I have just installed XP-pro on my computer:
I carefully exported my Firefox bookmarks to a directory but cannot restore them, because they are a .JSON file; any ideas how I can recover them and import them into Firefox?

2nd problem is that when installing XP-pro I made a ****-up and got two installations (Drive C and drive I:\) I removed the installation fom Drive I and formatted the partition, but I still have two versions coming up on the boot screen where I must choose. I went into the BIOS but cannot find anyway to remove this.

Sorry to try your patience yet again!

Best wishes


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See if this helps

by Jacky Howe In reply to Pushing my Luck!

Remove this reference from the Boot.ini
Start, right click My Computer, Properties, Advanced, Startup and recovery, Settings and Edit.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

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Er, well...

by VAR1016 In reply to See if this helps

Thanks for your response. I sorted the FF bookmark problem, by using the backup facility to restore the files.

On the other one sadly, I deleted the file you mentioned, but it seems I should have deleted the other one, so now, no boot. Is there any way of restoring the thing? (Now running on the old banger!)



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This should get you running again

by Jacky Howe In reply to Er, well...

Insert your XP CD and when you see ?Press any key to boot from CD? press a key. Now wait for the XP installer to finish loading up and you will be presented with the option to press R to Repair.

Press R.
The next screen will ask you which Windows? installation you would like to log on to. Normally the following will be listed:

Press 1, then Enter to continue.
You may now be asked for the Administrator password. If you know this type it and press Enter. If you don't know the Administrators password it may be blank. Just press Enter or type your username and password.

At the command prompt type:

fixmbr and press Enter

fixboot and press Enter

Wait until you are returned to the Recovery Console.

Once you are back to the Recovery Console remove the XP CD and restart your PC.

< add a bit >
On the odd chance that that does'nt work follow the above steps and at the command prompt type in bootcfg /rebuild

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No Go

by VAR1016 In reply to This should get you runni ...

Thanks for your suggestion; unfortunately it didn't work, as at no time was there the opportunity to enter any command - it just asked me where I wanted to boot from and of course this didn't work. SO I have reinstalled XP Pro onto the I drive; of course I want to get back into the C drive again, but of course I cannot access the boot file option in C Can you tell me where I have to copy the deleted command so C will start?


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by Jacky Howe In reply to No Go

when you boot up now I: becomes C: if you navigate to the root of the drive that you need to acces you will see boot.ini. You may have to turn on show hidden files and folders. Right mouse click on it and untick read only. Copy and paste between these lines ====== and overwrite the contents of the original boot.ini and save it.

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
The line starting at Multi is on one line.
< Don't edit the boot.ini in the root of C: >

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Step two

by Jacky Howe In reply to No Go

When you have finished the above steps.
You will have to make the Partition Active from a command prompt, type:
select disk 0
select partition 1

Press Enter after each command.
Type exit and press Enter
Type exit and press Enter
Restart the PC.

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by VAR1016 In reply to Tarting Up!

True Blue, more thumbs ups for you for all your patience. Sadly though I searched the entire C drive and there is no file called "Boot.ini" (I included hidden files & folders). It is of course, the C drive that I want to change - not the I drive - if I can get the C to work, then I will empty the I drive.

It was irritating: I spent ages searching earlier for this file - I could find it on the installation disc, where it is simply called "Boot", 211 bytes!


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Boot.ini again

by VAR1016 In reply to Boot.ini

If it's a real pain for you dealing with this I shall uinderstand! I'll format C do another install and reload all the stuff ; Thank God for partitions!


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