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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Formats etc.

by VAR1016 In reply to Well Maybe the repair Opt ...

This one does work like a standard disc: it tells me that another version is installed on the drive. I then open Paragon and format the drive - I used to know how to do this using some DOS command, but DOS seems no longer to appear - and I have forgotten anyway!

The keyboard drivers are on another drive so I suppose this will have to remain one of those mysteries!

All the best


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Well Paul you can not use a DOS Command to format a

by OH Smeg In reply to Tarting Up!

NTFS Partition anyway only a FAT 32 or lower depending on which version of a Boot Disc you use. Anyway when it comes to XP FAT 32 is the only one recognized anyway so the FAT 16, & 8 isn't important here.

If this is a Full Version of XP you should have the Repair/Upgrade Install Option like the one listed here

If you have that you can perform a Upgrade from Home to Pro and still retain the working drivers for your system. Though you will loose any Service Packs and Hot Patches that are not on your Install Disc's. This will keep the Keyboard drivers and allow you to use Pro with the better features if you wish.

Best of luck anyway.


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Possible Upgrade to XP Pro

by VAR1016 In reply to Well Paul you can not use ...

That's interesting: it suggests that I can use the "full" XP Pro disc to perform an upgrade from XP Home. MS doesn't appear to refer to this process, preferring to concentrate on those upgrading from a previous version of Windows.

I have loaded both the Home and Pro discs, and I get the same screen asking me what I want to do and the Pro disc as I wrote before does offer the repair option. Having wasted rather a lot of time uninstalling and installing things, I think as an experiment, I shall install XP Home again on my spare partition and then attempt a "Repair" installation of Pro, which if I understand you correctly, will perform the upgrade.

Thanks to you (and TB) this has been a fascinating learning experience!


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Password Problem

by VAR1016 In reply to Possible Upgrade to XP Pr ...

OK I installed XP Home on my spare drive and installed some drivers and a couple of programs, so I could experiment. On attempting a XP-Pro "repair" installation, I was asked for an Administrator password. So I went back and created one and made a second attempt. On the prompt, I entered the password, but it told me that the password was not valid! So for the time being I am a bit stuck. All suggestions welcome as usual.


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Did you try

by The Scummy One In reply to Password Problem

a blank PW?

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Blank PW

by VAR1016 In reply to Did you try

If you mean pressing <enter> on the prompt, yes I did, and just got the prompt again!


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I am wondering

by The Scummy One In reply to Blank PW

why the PW will not work. Try renaming the administrator account and setting a PW for it. Double check caps lock, etc..

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by VAR1016 In reply to I am wondering

Thanks, I'll try it. Could this be anything to do with the fac that the version of XP-Pro that I have is, as I mentioned earlier in this thread an HP restore set? The OS disc seems to have all the functionalities of a normal disc though, and I am assuming that the password relates to my computer, not to the operating system.

Thanks agin for taking the trouble!

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by VAR1016 In reply to I am wondering

I just remembered that whilst I had set up a password in Control Panel, I had not enabled password in the Bios.

I have done this and will try again - sorry to be a bit dumb!

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by The Scummy One In reply to I am wondering

is not essential and is only used to access the BIOS to make changes.
If you setup a BIOS PW, you may also setup a Boot and/or HDD PW. However these may impede your ability to do things. I would leave the BIOS PW as not set for now. If needed it can be set later.

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