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graderguy48

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I am not on the computer with the problelm because it won't go online. The unit is running winxp home 2002 version with sp2. amd athlon 64x2 dual 4200+ processor 2.20Ghz with 2gb ram. I installed a used hdd, samsung 38194 mb. Windows boots quickly but is not running correctly.
When I go to system-device manager, it shows under "other devices" a list consisting of: Other PCI bridge device, PCI device, SM bus controller, video controller (vga compatible). All the listed devices are showing the yellow question mark, and when I right click it says the driver needs updating, but since I can't get online I can't let it search for a driver. I have a hardwire ethernet connection to the computer but it doesn't recognize it. Says there is no connection to the internet. Also under "non plug and play drivers" the word "serial" has a yellow exclamation mark. I do have internet connection on this computer (the one I'm on now). Any thoughts?
 
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Some questions. Did the HDD you installed already have windows on it? If so & you did not do a fresh install of windows on it [recommended] it is currently set up for the computer it came out of. Not likely the same comp as you have. You should download the drivers you need for your specific brand & model comp in advance of a fresh windows install & save them to a flash drive. And if you did install windows, you'll still need to download the drivers. Be sure to update to SP3.
 

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I guess it's a moot point now. I went out and got the drivers for the unit that was down, and when I tried to insert the flashdrive, windows crashed and I can't get it back up and running. What fun!!
 

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Try tapping F8 to get the 'Windows Advanced Options Menu' screen, it may boot into Safe Mode (the top option, click 'Yes' if a window appears) and you might be able to install at least some of those drivers in Device Manager.

So did the HDD already have XP on it from another PC ? Do you have an XP install CD ?
 
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