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jseigfreid

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I assembled:
6 gig hard drive for OS (Win200)
40gig HD - Data
DVD+RW
CD RW
Pentium 2.4 533
512 Rambus
ATI 8500DV
D-Link Wireless Ethernet Card

The mother board, memory, video, and P4 are new, the rest is out of an old computer. Everything worked in the old computer. Now, when I boot I get the message:
A disk read error occured, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot

I unplugged all of the drives except the drive with the operating system, same error. I tried booting from the Win2000 CD but the video goes out.
Help!:confused:
 

pyritechips

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Hello!

Am I right in understanding that the HDD with the OS was preinstalled in the old computer?

When an OS installs, it searches the computer to identify all the hardware present and installs the proper drivers for them. When you take that OS with those particular drivers installed and put it into a new computer with different hardware, it can no longer recognize the hardware.

Please wait for other more experienced opinions, but you may need to reinstall the OS.
 
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I've been there---I took the hard drive out of my Compaq presario and tried to plant it in another system I'm building from scratch.

I learned the hard way--if you like computers never buy prebuilt, if you use them 'cause ya hav too, get a prestuffed box.

Anyhow, in order to use the drive from the compaq it was necessary to do a low-level format and reinstal an OS. You can't use the restore disks that came with the pre-built computer because it searches for the components and bios that are specific to the model.
 
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