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Old 12-11-05, 02:49 PM
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Help! Computer won't boot up

Hey you guys,

I tried putting together my new pc last night with the following components:

P4 2.66 Ghz
ECS 848P-A7 motherboard
Corsair Value Select 1GB Ram
Raidmax X-1 case
Lite-On 16x DVD RW (from the old setup)

I'm using my old Maxtor 120GB and a new Seagate 200GB as well but for some reason, I can't get past the set-up screen. It'll ask me how I want to start windows and I've tried Safe Mode but it still won't work. Once I briefly saw the XP logo already but it just restarted again. Is there something I'm missing here? I still have my old set up ready and can reconnect the HD to it if I need to install something first if I need to. Thanks!
Old 12-11-05, 04:05 PM
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Is the RAM in 1 GB stick or 2x 512?

I had the same issue when building my PC back in July and it turns out I had a bad stick of RAM (Corsair Value Select).
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You aren't tring to boot your brand new PC using your old hard drive, are you? That usually doesn't work because of the enormous differences between controller drivers and such. And even if it does work, it is usually very ugly and performance is not optimum.

Only install the 200gb drive and install windows from scratch.
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Installing windows from scratch is the best way to fly in your case, but if you **REALLY** just don't want to, you can shortcut.

Put the boot hard drive back in the original machine
boot up
go into the device manager
look at the IDE controllers section
go to the properties of your IDE cont driver
choose UPDATE driver
choose select from list
choose the "Standard dual channel ide controller"
shut down
move the drive into the new machine
have new drivers ready on a CD for the new system (or get the NIC card working and download all new drivers right into the new machine

*** CAUTION this may cause you to lose everything
*** This will not work 100% of the time even if you do everything right, at best it works about 90% of the time

BACKUP YOUR STUFF!!
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Thanks for the replies guys.

BigPete, that's exactly what I was doing. Whoops for me I guess. I'll just consider this roadblock part of the learning process.

I have another question though, the 120GB Maxtor--where the OS is installed--is actually partitioned into C:20-D:30-E:70 partitions. If I re-install windows, will it erase the entire thing or just C:? I already backed up all the stuff that I needed from the other 2 partitions but I was wondering anyway if there's any way to still keep it on there?
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You should be able to install the OS on just the C. XP should give you the option to choose which partition you want to put it on. Someone else may be able to tell you this more definitively, but I want to say you should format the C partition first before reinstalling the OS (if you haven't already done so). I just did a fresh install of XP the other day and followed these instructions. Did 2a as I have an NTFS file system. Hopefully you've already backed up whatever you needed from the C drive (bookmarks, documents, etc), otherwise it'd be better to put it on the new hd.
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Just wanted to bump this up for another big THANKS to the replies. Re-installing/repairing XP did the trick. So now all I need is to pick-up my Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum card from Best Buy and I'll be good to go. I was watching all the hi-def trailers on the apple website last night which I couldn't before on the old machine. But now,

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