Dell Dimension 8100 desktop -- BSOD after rebuild

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KFreeland

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I've been trying to bring my husband's older Dell 8100 P4 desktop back to life. It was an old ME system initially. I've done the following:

* Replaced the motherboard and ide cables
* New CMOS battery
* Flashed BIOS
* Replaced and upgraded the memory
* Reformatted the harddrive (using another system) and loaded Win XP Pro

I've used this same harddrive (with XP Pro) sucessfully on another Dell so I know there is nothing wrong with the boot files. But when I install it in the broke Dell...no joy.

It hangs in the "Windows can not start normally" pick Safe Mode, Last Known Good Config...etc loop. None of the options work and it flashes a quick BSOD dump error (too fast for me to see) and then back through the loop.

The BIOS recognizes all the drives, the memory, processor, etc.

I also tried to boot with alot of the extra hardware removed (removed NIC, sound card, modem, un-hooked optical drives, etc) --- still same no-boot loop.

I do not want to give up -- and at this point, I just want to concur it if nothing else. I'd appreciate any ideas.

Thanks,
Kristine
 

bonk

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Welcome,

Try re-installing Windows using that PC.
 

KFreeland

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Looks like I'll need to use a bootable floppy because the CD drive doesn't spin. Ran out of tinkering time today so will try that later.

However, I hate to wipe the drive because it contains a legal single use copy of XPpro (obtained from MSDN Academic Alliance) and I don't think I can reuse the key -- yes, believe it or not, I'm an IT student (but very green) :eek:

Something weird though -- just for the heck of it, I installed another harddrive (one with a functional copy of Win 98SE) and the POS booted up.

Wonder why it is protesting the HD with WinXP? I've tried it in at least 3 other desktops with no boot problems.

Thanks!
 

bonk

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It will be that particular PC.....if you had partitioned and formatted using that PC there would not be a problem...it's because you used another PC and then tried it on this one...unless the PCs are exactly the same hardware etc..there will be a problem.
 
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Agree with bonk

You cannot install XP on a PC, then fit the installed version HDD on another PC unless the hardware (in terms of all chipsets etc) are 100% identical (even then it will cry foul and need reactivation).

BSOD's are the protection method to prevent damage to the chipsets as you ram all the wrong code into them at boot time.
 
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