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  • Noob Help - D201GLY

    Hey forum. I'm working today on getting my system up and running. Here's what I've got so far:

    D201GLY motherboard
    120GB EIDE
    DDR2 512mb PNY

    So, here's the problem. I've plugged the hard drive into my old desktop and loaded windows. Everything works fine when I do that. Now, when I trasnfer that hard drive back over to the D201GLY and fire it all up, it'll bring up the "safe mode, last normal start, etc" for booting windows. No matter what I pick, it acts like it's going to load and then just restarts. It does this continually and won't start windows.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Dan

  • #2
    well that would be because your old desktop uses a different chipset than the d201gly... therefore you cannot install your os on one system and transfer the hard drive to the new system. There's really nothing you can do to solve this outside of reformatting and installing your OS directly on the d201gly.
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    • #3
      I have never loaded windows in this fashion before, nor am I a comp sci major or anything to give you a concrete answer. However I would say that due to you loading windows on a different machine (different hardware specs) that this is where your issues are coming from. Can you put the drive back into your old desktop and does it boot up properly?
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      • #4
        That was the problem. I've loaded windows before but every comp I've transfered it to was the same build. Just got lucky that way. Thanks guys.

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        • #5
          I know of one way to do it. Use a product by Acronis called Universal Restore. I have used it to transfer Windows builds from one PC to another with very different hardware. Of course this method will not be free. The workstation version costs about $30 while the Enterprise costs about 10 times that.

          I am sure there are free ways to do this, but this is the method I have used.

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          • #6
            after instalation windows you must run in safemode (press F8 in boot screen). Press win+break and delete chipset drivers. After that power off & start in your another motherboard.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
              well that would be because your old desktop uses a different chipset than the d201gly... therefore you cannot install your os on one system and transfer the hard drive to the new system. There's really nothing you can do to solve this outside of reformatting and installing your OS directly on the d201gly.
              I will have to disagree with you on this one. I previously thought i had to reinstall the OS when swapping motherboards. All those BSOD would come up. But after I followed this guide to delete old drivers and install generic drivers.....everything worked perfect. Windows booted up on my new motherboard without a reinstall!

              I would definitely give that a try first before reinstalling the OS!

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              • #8
                sysprep works too

                there is a file on the xp cd that is called sysprep which you can use too.
                or you could remove all your drivers in the device manager (the one associated with the computer you are goiong to be loading from) and then it will reinstall new ones when you switch over, but this is sometimes a crap shoot.

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                • #10
                  i installed win XP pro with exactly the same board.
                  i had it sitting on my test bench with a normal PC power supply, the 2.5" laptop drive, with adapter thing, and a normal cd/dvd drive
                  windows installed easily on it.

                  installing windows directly to the computer you want it to run on is always the best option. you get less system bloat and less chance of some old / wrong driver getting in the way and causing issues or a reduction in performance.

                  and its probably just as quick to reinstall as it is to stuff about trying to hack the other install into working.

                  also a good thing to go, is ghost (image) the drive when windows in fully installed but before you start installing your apps. that way if you put a wrong codec in or something goes unhappy you can copy the saved image back on in a matter of minutes.

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