|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.
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.