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post #1 of 15
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My dad replaced his mobo because it wouldn't boot/show BIOS on his original mobo.
I replace it with another Gigabyte mobo.
It works, BIOS is fine, everything is fine.

But for some reason when it shows that Windows is loading, and the little orbs (2 I believe) start coming out, the PC reboots.

And even if Windows "loads" it takes me to a screen that it's "repairing" the issue...And it takes forever, and it doesn't repair anything.

What's the problem?

He doesn't want to format because he has useful data.
post #2 of 15
Usually when you switch motherboards formatting is inevitable. Sometimes there's a way around it but I can't find it ATM. Hopefully someone else can chime in.

If all else fails, take out that HDD and put it in your rig and copy the useful data on to yours.
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post #3 of 15
Swapping mobo's is not recommended for exactly the problems you are having. Sometimes windows installs can just flat out refuse to work with a mobo swap. Your best bet would be to hook the hdd up to another pc, pull the data off, then reinstall windows fresh.
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Originally Posted by calavera View Post
Usually when you switch motherboards formatting is inevitable. Sometimes there's a way around it but I can't find it ATM. Hopefully someone else can chime in.

If all else fails, take out that HDD and put it in your rig and copy the useful data on to yours.
I agree
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post #5 of 15
It's not inevitable to re-install windows, but in cases it is. I've upgraded computers multiple times without re-installing windows, I've even swapped out hard drives from system to system for testing (to see if the hdd was bad) without re-installing the OS on the drive. I'm guessing in this case there was data corruption though which is causing it to loop. Can you boot into safe mode? F8 after it posts (beeps) one sec apart until you get to a screen that lets you select different boot options, try safe mode with networking. If that doesn't work try just safe mode. For craps try "last known configuration", that's occasionally worked for me. If nothing works I'm gonna say format as any other fix would take entirely too long.
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post #6 of 15
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So there isn't much of a way around this is there?

So a fresh install of Windows will do the trick?
post #7 of 15
could try a repair install, there is an option on the windows disk.
     
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post #8 of 15
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Thanks guys.
But I gave him a spare 300GB HDD I had laying around so he would format it and use it to boot.
At least his data is safe.
Thanks!
post #9 of 15
You gotta format. It was happening to me when I tried to save some time installing Win 7 on my faster PC and then just swapping the HDD into the other computer. It blue screened before even Welcoming me into Windows. Gotta format!
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post #10 of 15
I correct myself, you don't have to format but a clean install is necessary. I don't ever format my computer, I just re-install windows and delete the windows.old folder after recovering any documents I want to keep.
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