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post #31 of 38
wow your lucky it even booted, half the time at work i try and load it up after switching something like that and get a blue screen of death.

did you use the same ide cable to hook up the hard drive and cd rom, like are they on the same cable or two separate ones.
    
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That is a rare thing when XP lets you swap hardware and still boots. But as many of us have tried to tell ya you need to reinstall your OS--just burn all the pertinent files you are afraid of losing onto a disc and Fdisk that HDD. After you reinstall make sure to run the CD that came with the mobo (or DL the drivers from the mfr site) and "educate" that chipset...LOL

IDE and EIDE cabling are different but that is not your prob. You have a corrupt Operating System and until you rectify that nothing is going to help very much.
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yes but if he has the cd-rom and hard drive on hte same chain couldnt he run into problems since only one of the devices can communicate with the board at a time?
    
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post #34 of 38
pffft.. I've taken hard drives out of one pc and used its OS to boot on a completely different one. It usually asks me to re-activate my window key because of the hardware it detects is different, but it works all the time.
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you are extremely lucky, they must have been somewhat similar systems
    
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I did a mobo swap(KN8 to A8R32-MVP Deluxe) and windows booted up just fine.
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post #37 of 38
Yeah sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't, XP's a little buggy like that. Funny thing is if I have 2000 or 98 installed it always seems to boot just fine??? Must be something to do with the P&P in XP that gets messed up with the new motherboard. Some people have had success switching mobos if you stick with the same chipset and socket... I however haven't

OP i'd strongly recommend you do a backup of all your important files before you do a repair, i'd also recommend not doing a repair if possible and doing a fresh install of the OS if you know how.
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yeah i did a swap from a a8r-mvp to an a8n-sli and then a8n32-sli, and still up and running,(had to reactivate too), is your molex connector worn out? trie to bend them back with a screwdriver, (with the system turned off obviously)...............and for the 80 conductor awnser, try to hook an ata 100/133 drive to an 40 conductor cable, (cdrom) i bet it shows ata 66 in everest, which limits the drive's speed to ata 66, got two of the cables shipped with my a8n32-sli and the one has 40 thick wires, (cdrom label) in it, and the other one 80 thin wires (hdd label)
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