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Main Board Swap "Inaccessible Boot Device" work-around success

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Alex Ethridge, Jun 6, 2004.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    I've been working on this problem off and on for a couple of years or more. All of my recent searches for a solution have ended with just a half-hearted effort.

    I have two scenarios in which I get IBD errors: One is where the main board in a 2000 or XP system fails and I have to replace the board with an IDE controller that is not similar enough to the original one. For this scenario, I still have no solution. It's still a situation where my only hope is to find a replacement board that has an IDE controller very much like the old one--or just reload the OS and all programs from scratch.

    The next scenario is where we have a planned upgrade or board swap in a system that is still functional--at least functional enough to get to the GUI. Here are the steps I used that worked.

    Before I removed the board from the old system, I went to Device Manager> System> IDE... I changed the controller to Standard Dual-Channel PCI IDE Controller. I then shut down, changed the board and booted. I got to the desktop and loaded the drivers for the new board, etc. and booted again. All seems to work well so far.

    Now, this was only one situation and I don't know it will work in all situations; but, it is a breakthrough for me as this has been not only annoying but a time-consuming bear for a long time.

    Now, if I can only find a way to do this on a system where the main board has failed before I have had a chance to change the controller driver to the generic flavor.

    I have a theory that if I could somehow edit the registry on a non-active partition, I might be able to find out which registry keys to change on that system so it will load the generic IDE drivers.
     
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    I did confirm the old hard disk did give an IBD error when attached to the new board before I to the above-described steps.
     
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