cloned drve new board nonoem xp

April 3, 2009 at 18:25:02
Specs: Windows XP, 1 gig
I recently built a new system for my wife. prior to doing this I cloned the drive from her old computer using western digital. It was set up as a boot drive.

I purchased a biostar board intel processor. This board has one ide connection and no mouse port. Something I found that they all are going this way.

I put the cloned drive in. It would not boot into windows xp. The configuartion at that time was wd-80 gig master with slave and cd drive slave.
it repeatedly rebooted and refused to go into xp sign-on screen or safe mode.

It gave an error that something to do with arc and hal.
I followed one person's posting dating back to 2003. I should change the boot.ini file as follows

Open the boot.ini file on the floppy in a text editor (like Notepad), remove the
“signature(2a6e2a6e)” sections, and replace them with “multi(0)” as shown below.

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"
I wish to acknowledge the person that wrote the
possible fix. I don't have his name. I believe I got it from this website.

I did this -----it still would not go into windows.

at this point I figured a repair might work. I did the repair. At that point it took me into a activation screen. Now keep in mind that safe mode would not except my driver disk or the logictech disk for the wireless keyboard and mouse.

I ended up not being able to install motherboard drivers due to no mouse port.
As for wireless keyboard and mouse. It locks up in safe mode.

now my understanding is that microsoft allows 30 days to activate. Its not showing up. Its either activate or logsoff me off.

I also could not activate via modem because of no mouse or drivers for modem.

The cd I have is a student media purchased some years ago. this is not the first time I had to reactivate. I got hit two years ago with a virus. it reformated my hard drive. I had a wd cloned drive. I did not have this much trouble the last time. I don't remember what I did to get it to work.

lately microsoft has been chronically telling us that the configuration has changed and therefore to do something. all i did was put a different cd drive in.

I am asking the pro's on this website for help. All suggestions are appreciated. I will try as many as I can. I do ask you come to some kind of agreement as to my best action to take. Give me as much detail as possible. bear with me I am rookie at this.

Thank You

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April 3, 2009 at 19:10:33
There are very few boards that don't have PS/2 ports for the mouse & keyboard. How about posting the specs of the hardware you're working've told us next to nothing.

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April 3, 2009 at 21:37:14
An XP drive won't boot up on a different motherboard. That's why you didn't get anywhere until you reinstalled.

You may need to use regular (non-wireless) USB mouse and KB until you get XP set up and can load the wireless drivers.

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April 4, 2009 at 02:57:04

i usually carry these, saves time

just in case its an 'all usb' mobo some Dells are 8 port usb only no serial etc
theres also a purple version for keyboards , check ebay £1 /$1 each. search description;

PS2 Keyboard Mouse to - USB Port Converter Adapter PC

j46222 link to read over a coffee

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April 4, 2009 at 04:55:15
In addition to all the useful help above I will try to explain something about the WinXP that came pre-installed on the old computer.

OEM manufacturers like Dell, Acer, Gateway, eMachine, etc. get very cheap pricing on the versions of Windows they use on their computers. The reason they are cheap is because they are limited. Those versions are keyed to the motherboard they came with.

In the past it was sometimes possible to do what you are attempting and get it to work. Recently microsoft has changed their policy and now requires registration in these cases. When you attempt to register you probably won't succeed.

So, to sum it up your WinXP copy is very restricted and therefore you will most likely need to buy a copy of some version of Windows for the new computer.

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