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motherboard/hard drive not compatble??? computer restarts at windows xp loading scree

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  1. keltix

    keltix Thread Starter

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    A while ago, my computer started making some wierd beeps and would not start. The problem was exactly the same as this guys: (cant post link, add "http:")

    //forums.windrivers.com/showthread.php?p=597889#post597889

    So, I concluded that my motherboard was faulty. My computer is an old HP that should still work.
    I bought a motherboard (P25G PCChips) from newegg to replace the faulty one. Its compatible with the CPU and memory and everything. So when I go to turn it on...it starts up to the black screen and reads the CPU and says that something is wrong and that I should goto the BIOS and change something. I dont specify the "something" because after i goto the BIOS and change somethings around, then restart it fixes THAT. It seems that everything is going OK and contiues to load, but as soon as it gets to the WINDOWS XP loading screen it restarts. Its very frustrating and I dont know what to do. It gvies and endless loop that the only way to stop is to mess around with the BIOS.

    Ive tried it with two different HDDs, both HP oems, same thing. I dont know what it could be.
     
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  3. D0C_Hol1d@y

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    OK first things first. Is this your old drive? Does it still have the old system on it? If so your going to have to either get another drive and use it as a secondary to get your personal files off of it or reformat it and load all the motherboard drivers and setup the BIOS and then reinstall windows. Hopefully this is the case and this is easy to solve.
     
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    -Yes it is the old drive with the old system.
    -I can settle without the personal files in the drive, so i can just reformat it and save me some steps.
    -I have never built a comp. so i dont know how to "load the driver and setup the BIOS"***
    -And the problem: the drive comes with XP already installed in it, so i dont have a windows XP CD to install....bad eh (its those HP that to reformat you have to do SYSTEM RECOVERY)
     
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    Do you have a friend with a computer?
     
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    depends, what for?
     
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    Either you need to buy a new hard drive to use as a new master boot drive and then hook up the drive you have now as a secondary drive and copy your files off of it. Or you can borrow a friends computer and do it on that. Do you know the connection type of the hard drive? For instance is it a SATA drive or a IDE drive?
     
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    -By "new HDD", do you mean a different one or "new" one?
    -The old drive is an IDE, 133 connection i think.
    -but why does it just restart at the windows XP screen, is it cus it doesnt have the drivers?
     
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    It starts up the old system but when it gets to your old drivers from your old system it gets confused and stalls. I meant a different hard drive to use to copy your personal files onto. You can have 2 drives. This is a common mistake don't worry it's easy to fix. You may not have had the luxury of copying these files before I can understand. Your new machine can not boot your old system. There is no way to go around it. You're going to have to copy everything from that system to a new drive. Either one you can buy ATA/IDE hard drives are very cheap. Just buy a 40 GB or like I said you can borrow a friends computer to do this.
     
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    You must have missed this part

    "-I can settle without the personal files in the drive, so i can just reformat it and save me some steps."

    no need for another system or drive.
     
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    I did LOL I thought you said you needed them. Yes you can reformat it and everything will be fine. LOL I'm losing it.
     
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    heh

    "And the problem: the drive comes with XP already installed in it, so i dont have a windows XP CD to install....bad eh (its those HP that to reformat you have to do SYSTEM RECOVERY)"

    how do you reformat an HP hdd...w/o an XP cd...
     
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    My turn to miss reading something here, you are having problems because your XP installation is looking for different hardware, you can have a chipset that is compatible with the CPU and RAM but if it is different than the original the system will not run correctly (as you have already found out).

    A restore will bring more of the same because it is looking for HP hardware and there is none.
     
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    OK a little tougher than I thought. That's a hard one because they setup their recovery disks with their BIOSes on their disks and that will not work with your new motherboard. Is it home or professional?
     
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    I got to go to bed. I think yor best bet is to buy a copy of XP Home Edition. It's around $80 It is Christmas shopping season and it's probably pretty cheap about right now.
     
  16. keltix

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    -Its Home
    -Last time i had to reformat a compaq hdd on my laptop, they made me type in a whole bunch of things on the screen that looks like a command prompt.
    -I can get to the recovery console on the old hdd, but i dont know what to type in..im not good with command prompt/ms-dos?
     
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