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    switching motherboards

    I have e-machines T 1090 computer and I just recieved a new computer with a ATI rs480 motherboard. Tried just installing the old hard drive from the T 1090 computer but the new computer will not boot even in safe mode. when i reinstall the hard drive back in the t 1090 I have to boot up in safe mode and everything is find. can some one solve my problem


    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfly
    I have e-machines T 1090 computer and I just recieved a new computer with a ATI rs480 motherboard. Tried just installing the old hard drive from the T 1090 computer but the new computer will not boot even in safe mode. when i reinstall the hard drive back in the t 1090 I have to boot up in safe mode and everything is find. can some one solve my problem

    thanks
    As I stated on another thread, this has never been a problem for me. I have experienced uneventful motherboard changeouts. I have had to keep driver disk handy, for the item that doesn't load on its own. It is probably due to the fact that I am not into gaming, music or movie videos via my computer. I have very simple system setup. My graphics card is a now ancient 64 MB nvidia, which handles everything it needs to do without breaking into a sweat..

    I will state that people with Dell, HP and Compaq computers are likely to have to do a fresh Windows install after making a major (mother board) change out. The reason is that the factory setup and setup will be looking for , example, HP specific components. If someone has found a way around this I would like to hear from you.

    A lot has been written about motherboard exchange and setup. No reason to reinvent the wheel. Links provided below are related to motherboard upgrades.

    http://www.motherboard.windowsreinstall.com/winxp.htm

    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=418

    http://aroundcny.com/technofile/texts/giz031302.html

    http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-296423.php

    And here is a many page procedure for the problem machine - http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...,554877,00.asp
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    I know that HP actually have a boot partition, which goes first. They drive me nuts .
    What OS are you using? It depends a lot of the OS.
    Windows XP handles motherboard moves pretty well.
    Someone posted here also an article about changing the motherboard for a Windows 98 machine by deleting the hardware hive in the registry. I am not completely sure about that, so I recomend looking for the article first.
    Let us know the OS and we can help you better.
    Or let us know if you already got it working

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    Unless you are using a version of XP that is not from a company like Dell or Gateway etc. then changing out motherboards is bad. These OS's dont like it when they boot and find a different motherboard, and often give the blue screen of death. This is purposefully done by microsoft and has something to do with windows product activation.


    try this it might work
    http://www.mostlycreativeworkshop.com/article11.html

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