switching a motherboard hard drive issues

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by iceman7311, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. iceman7311

    iceman7311 OSNN Senior Addict

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    hi i am ordering a a8n sli mobo because my old hp computers spu got burnt out

    i was wondering if i would have to reinstal windows to use my old hard drive with the new motherboard ?

    ne help would be appriated
     
  2. LordOfLA

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    if its 2k/xp/2k3 you will need at the very east to perform a repair install. THough I would recommend a full clean install for such a major change in hardware.
     
  3. iceman7311

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    what is a repair install? and could i get away without doing any reinstalling at all b/c then i would have to spend money on buying xp again and i dont have that much $
     
  4. iceman7311

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    everyone look at this one
     
  5. iceman7311

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    sry double post
     
  6. LordOfLA

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    repair install esentialy reinstalls windows and resets it to basic "genric" drivers that work with the new board -without loosing any other settings ( you will need to run windows update and load the device drivers ofcourse) bt other than that its intact.

    You cant not do atleast this if you want to use the computer after changing the mainboard as windows just plain wont boot.
     
  7. LeeJend

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    If your old windows is Windows XP and it came with the HP system you may not be able to install it with a new MB. As of March 1 2005 all Bios specific copies of windows will not be able to activate XP on a new MB unless the MB comes from the same maker as the original. There is a change to the windows OEM liscencing agreement. Info at bottom under OEM.

    http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.htm

    Check into this with HP before you spend the money on a new MB. You may need to buy a new consumer copy of windows if you go with a generic replacement MB.

    As for getting away without reinstalling. If the new MB uses the same chipset type as the old one (VIA, NF, SIS) you may get by without a reinstall. I do it regularly. If you change MB chipset manufacturers you will probably have to do a reinstall.
     
  8. iceman7311

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    how do u do that repair install tht lordofla was taliing about?
    and while i am talking to u all if i was running a an8 sli with 1 6600gt would it be better to use a 20 pin in the power socket or would it be better to us a 20 to 24 pin addapter(i have heard that these are bad for some setups but these were with 6800 gt's and ultras)( in case u dont know the 660gt does not come with a on card power socket like the 6800 and above have) my current power supply is a 450w. 20 pin with 20 a. running throught the 12 v power rail
    i would really rather not have to buy a new 24 pin power supply this new computer is already putting me in debt
     
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  9. LeeJend

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    Set the bios to boot from CD.
    Insert the windows CD.
    Boot.
    As you answer the prompts it will ask you if you want to repair the install twice say no the first time and yes the second time.
     
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  10. iceman7311

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    what if it is a hp hard drive and i dont have the actuall windows cd i just have the recovery disk from hp
     
  11. LordOfLA

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    then you have a problem.. or you need to buy xp pro from your favourite retailer. or a new pc... which ever takes your fancy.
     
  12. iceman7311

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    k thanx
    but y should i buy xp pro instead of xp home?
     
  13. LordOfLA

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    because home is not really suited to being used for networking/internet purposes. If you dont use peer-2-peer apps and you dont have a network in your house you'll probably be okay with it however its not really a recommended choice from my point of view.
     
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    You don't have to buy xp again unless it is o.e.m. for your dead computer.

    Do a repair install, then slipstream sp2 burn it, then save all your vital stuff to another or even a few cd's then do a clean format with your slipstreamed disk.
     
  16. iceman7311

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    k thanx can u all look at the other question about the power supplies plz
    i know that there r many othere forums ABOUT BUT I AM STILL NOT CLEAR WHAT THE BEST THING TO DO WOULD BE FOR MY SETUP
    sry bout the caps



    how do u slipstream something?
    and would i be able to do this with the computer for the hard drive not working?

    and do u all know if windows 64 bit edition is still free? and if so where could i get it?
     
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    Slipstreaming:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

    'would i be able' - yeah, do what Lee suggested: Repair install (explained earlier in thread) - then back up your shizzo you want to keep to CD, or to another HD, and then boot to your new slipstreamed XP SP2 CD, format, install Windows.

    x64 is still available for anybody with a genuine copy of Windows XP
     
  18. iceman7311

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    i can't slipstream b/c i don't have a working pc with xp right now
     
  19. iceman7311

    iceman7311 OSNN Senior Addict

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    man i quit ill just go and ask the ppl at pc club
     
  20. iceman7311

    iceman7311 OSNN Senior Addict

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    but thanx ne way!!!!!!!!!