New AMD board going through cyclic reboot
Just swapped out my Abit BH6 M/B and Intel Celeron 600/900 CPU to an ASROCK MB and AMD XP2400+ (t-bred B).
I have Win XP loaded.
After powering up, Win XP goes to a screen saying that it encountered a problem due to ... (changes in H/W, etc) and gives me different boot options (1 being Safe Mode).
No matter what, XP keeps rebooting since there is a timed response in the screen.
My question is whether this is normal (I'm assuming not)? Is there anyway I can recover from this?
I don't have a spare HD so I can't test whether I need to have a fresh install of XP.
Sounds like you istalled the already loaded hdd from the old mobo and cpu to the new mobo and cpu. If this is what you did, you can't do that without encountering problems. The best thing to do if you have everything backed up is to format and do a clean install of XP.
Then as soon as you get the os installed, install your new mobo/chipset drivers and then proceed from that point.
Yeah that's what I did because there's so much **** loaded... This is the first time I've done it with XP and the other O/S's didn't behave that way (although it wasn't very efficient from a registry point of view).
I didn't want the hassle of having to reinstall and download the patches again.
So the recovery console won't help me out on this (just read that sticky)?
You really need to save any important data you may have and format and reinstall. You should never install an HDD that has already been installed on another system. What's happening is the windows registry has the settings for the other Mobo and cards, etc and it's trying to run those drivers and encountering errors as those drivers don't apply to what's now currently installed.
Best bet, start clean everytime.
Check out this link and see what you think. However, even though a pain in the *** the best way is a clean install.
This is why I have a USB 2 80 gig HD.
I can easily backup stuff that I (or some1 else) wants to keep in case I need to format a HD or transfer files to a new computer.
No matter what you do you are going to need to do a fresh install of windows, should have done that in the first place. You will only take more time up when you dont b/c you have to do it anyway and it will only be a hassle of problems if you dont.
Try booting from the XP CD and running an automatic quick repair, this might fix your problems, however you will have to reinstall any service packs/OS updates you previously had as this process basically restores the original XP system files
No need to worry. I've been storing all personal data in a separate drive so that's not what I'm concerned about (in addition to having a ghost backup of recent image.
What bugs me is that the O/S just doesn't cack out but completely hoses the system. I've never done any other NT based O/S's before so this is new to me.
One additional question that is a bit off is whether there is a way I can force my Temp Directory to another place other than the Document and Settings/user name/temp folder. The same goes with My Favourites Folder.
I've already changed My Documents, temporary internet files and Swap Files but can't find anyway to do this.
I'll be trying to recover in the automaitc CD recovery...
The repair install that Jakk suggested will usually do it.
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